As Texas considers a bathroom bill, the National Football League issues a warning
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Feb 13, 2017,
Feb 13, 2017, 0:55
Texas governor Greg Abbott mocked the NFL in a recent tweet after league spokesman Brian McCarthy warned that the state could miss out on hosting a future Super Bowl if a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people is deemed discriminatory. "We want all fans to feel welcomed at our events, and National Football League policies prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard". The NBA also took the All-Star Game out of Charlotte and the ACC picked up its ACC Football Championship Game and relocated to Orlando previous year.
The Texas proposal would require people to use bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate.
A proposed bill in Texas could have serious ramifications on sporting events in the state if passed.
According to an interview from CBS News, Jessica Shortfall of Texas Competes says similar effects have been seen in North Carolina after their bathroom bill was enacted. The Dallas-area city of Arlington hosted the 2011 Super Bowl in the stadium where the Cowboys play.
For now, Texas is not scheduled to host another Super Bowl through 2021-at least.
Republican state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham, who will guide the bill through the upper chamber, said SB 6 would still allow for accommodations for transgender students, such as single-stall restrooms, on a case-by-case basis.
The comments, which come after Houston hosted Super Bowl LI on Sunday, appear to be the most critical by the league yet of legislation that has become a focal point in US culture wars.
Patrick and others don't believe the NFL or other pro sports leagues will abandon Texas.
We'll see how this plays out, but it sounds like Texas and other states are headed down the same road North Carolina traversed when it approved HB2.
The state's two famous basketball coaches - Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina's Roy Williams - have repeatedly criticized the law.