According to USA Today, Dallas may miss out on hosting the NFL draft in 2018 because of a new bill, similar to North Carolina’s “HB2”, which would regulate bathroom use by transgender people in public buildings. Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s VP of Communications, told The Houston Chronicle:
“If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law, that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events… The NFL embraces inclusiveness. 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 statement seems to indicate that, while the immediate issue is the NFL draft, if the bill passes it could hurt the city’s ability to host any future SuperBowls.
Obviously, Dallas football fans aren’t exactly excited about the proposition. During an appearance on The Glenn Beck Program, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told listeners [via ABC News]:
“The NFL needs to concentrate on playing football and get the heck out of politics… For some low-level NFL adviser to come out and say that they are going to micromanage and try to dictate to the state of Texas what types of policies we’re going to pass in our state, that’s unacceptable. We don’t care what the NFL thinks and certainly what their political policies are because they are not a political arm of the state of Texas or the United States of America. They need to learn their place in the United States, which is to govern football, not politics.”
The Texas legislature will begin voting on the new bill at the end of July and the NFL is expected to make their announcement about the draft sometime before the early fall.
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