NFL Threatens to Keep Super Bowl Out of Texas if ‘Bathroom Bill’ Passes
This past Sunday, the state of Texas played host to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in the game’s 51-year history. But on Friday, the NFL warned that if a new proposed bill passes and is signed into law, the game may not return.
In an email, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Houston Chronicle that the passage of Senate Bill 6 (Texas’s so-called “bathroom bill,” which would require individuals to use the bathroom of the gender specified on their birth certificate) could keep the league from awarding future Super Bowls to the state.
“The NFL embraces inclusiveness,” McCarthy said. “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.
“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.”
The NFL’s threat to exclude Texas stadiums from consideration as a Super Bowl site comes after several major sports leagues pulled major events out of North Carolina for passing HB2, a similar law. Like the proposed Texas Law, HB2 was viewed by many as being anti-LGBTQ. And as a result, the NBA All-Star Game, the ACC championship in college football, and early round NCAA men’s basketball Tournament games were all pulled out of the state.
Alejandro Garcia — a spokesman for Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who is a high-profile champion of Senate Bill 6 — told the Associated Press that the stadiums themselves are not subject to the proposed bill.
“Despite persistent misinformation in the media, under Senate Bill 6, all Texas teams will be able to set their own policies at the stadiums and arenas where they play and hold their events,” Garcia said. “There is no conflict with the NFL’s statement today and Senate Bill 6.”
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