NFL Warns Texas There Could Be Consequences for 'Bathroom Bill'

NFL Warns Texas There Could Be Consequences for 'Bathroom Bill'

NFL Warns Texas There Could Be Consequences for 'Bathroom Bill'

The proposal of a bathroom bill from Texas legislators could mean that the state may lose the opportunity to host another Super Bowl, CBS News reports. "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".

Government buildings, public schools and universities must designate use of dressing rooms, locker rooms, and bathrooms based on a person's biological sex as it is listed on their birth certificate.

The Texas bill is similar in scale and tone to North Carolina's controversial House Bill 2 (HB2) law.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick reiterated that his office remained committed to "making sure that every Texas is welcomed" at sporting events.

"The NFL embraces inclusiveness", McCarthy added.

In a statement Friday, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said any such law that is "discriminatory or inconsistent with our values" would "certainly be a factor" in awarding future Super Bowls.

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The NFL kept a low profile on a recently introduced Texas bathroom bill during the Super Bowl week.

The next four Super Bowls will be held in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles. Super Bowl XLV was held in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex., in 2011 and Jerry Jones would no doubt love to host another soon.

Patrick and others don't believe the NFL or other pro sports leagues will abandon Texas. A Cowboys spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on the legislation or its potential effect on Jones' desire to host those events. The NCAA has already made its feelings known for this kind of bill, and the Final Four is scheduled to be in San Antonio next year.

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.

The state's two famous basketball coaches - Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina's Roy Williams - have repeatedly criticized the law.

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