This month’s thrilling Super Bowl game at NRG Stadium in Houston could be the last National Football League championship game in Texas.
The NFL says Texas would put itself out of the running for future games if it were to pass the anti-transgender Senate Bill 6.
Like North Carolina’s hugely controversial HB2, the Texas bill seeks to ban transgender people from using the restroom that matches their gender identity.
‘We want all fans to feel welcomed at our events and NFL policies prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard,’ NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said in a statement this week.
‘If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law there, that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events.’
North Carolina has learned the heavy price to pay on the sports front with such a law on the books.
The NBA moved this year’s All-Star Game from the state. The NCAA pulled championship games from the state along with The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
The Atlantic Coast Conference and National Junior College Athletic Association also moved events elsewhere.
The Texas bill is sponsored by Senator Lois Kolkhorst who says ‘all Texas teams will be able to set their own policies at the stadiums and arenas where they play and hold their events. There is no conflict with the NFL’s statement and Senate Bill 6.’
Author: Greg Hernandez