Published: Sun, February 12, 2017
Science | By Guadalupe Butler

NFL Raises Prospect Of Texas 'Bathroom Bill' Impacting Future Games

NFL Raises Prospect Of Texas 'Bathroom Bill' Impacting Future Games

Texas' bill, titled the "Privacy Protection Act", bars transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice in many buildings, blocks local non-discrimination ordinances that protect transgender people in public accommodations, and prohibits local municipalities from considering such protections when awarding contracts.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy said Friday that "discriminatory" legislation would "certainly be a factor" in awarding Super Bowls.

The Texas legislation ― known officially as the Texas Privacy Act, or SB6 ― was introduced in January and is similar to a law passed past year in North Carolina. If the state of Texas passes a controversial "bathroom bill" similar to the one seen in North Carolina, it could be some time before the National Football League brings the big game back to the Lone Star State.

"The NFL embraces inclusiveness", McCarthy added.

Nearly a week after Houston hosted Super Bowl LI, the NFL has weighed in on what Texas' so-called "bathroom bill" could mean for future championship football games in Texas. Dallas hosted Super Bowl XLV in 2011.

Dallas will host the 2017 women's basketball Final Four in April and early-round men's NCAA Tournament games in 2018. The NCAA has not responded to requests for comment regarding the Texas proposal. Seven championship collegiate events were also moved out of the state.

It is not clear whether or not a bill like this will affect other sporting events in the future. A Wired analysis concluded that the law has cost the state more than $400 million in lost revenue.

This week, the North Carolina Sports Association, a nonprofit group that promotes sports and recreation in the state, urged lawmakers there to repeal its version of the law in order to attract sporting events back to Charlotte and other North Carolina cities.

There are now no Super Bowl games lined up for the state of Texas. The debate over the law in the state of Texas is continuing to grow as a decision looms for the bill to potentially be signed into law.

"The people of Texas elected us to stand up for common decency, common sense and public safety", Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a statement announcing the legislation last month.

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