If you live in Texas, this is a story that you REALLY need to see, but even if you don’t as an American or football fan, this also matters to you!
An NFL spokesman said Friday that Texas lawmakers could hurt the football-loving state’s changes to attract a future Super Bowl if they adopt a measure that restricts access to bathrooms for transgender people.
“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,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said when asked for the league’s stance on the Texas bill.
McCarthy added: “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.”
The NFL has awarded hosting rights to the Super Bowl, the biggest annual event on the U.S. sporting calendar, through 2021. The next two hosts will be decided in 2018.
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 was introduced across the United States by Obama.
Lawmakers in Texas and 13 other states now have introduced so-called “bathroom bills,” which supporters say help protect privacy and safety but opponents argue target an already marginalized group in U.S. society.
A prominent business group said if the Texas bill becomes law, it could cost the state billions of dollars.
Texas has several upcoming marquee sporting events that could be at risk, including the NCAA men’s Final Four basketball championship in San Antonio next year.
Is this seriously such an issue to the NFL? Texas may never see a Super Bowl in their state again because they don’t have an “all gender” bathroom!
The NFL really needs to grow up!