The NCAA is doing it, why can’t the NFL? Why can’t they refuse to hold Super Bowls in states that discriminate?
NCAA may pull top events from North Carolina over transgender bathroom law; could Texas be next?And Texas is going to follow in North Carolina’s footsteps.
Written by Lauren McGaughy, Austin bureau
February 6, 2017
AUSTIN — North Carolina won't host any future NCAA championship events if it doesn't repeal its transgender bathroom law, officials with the college sports organization have warned, a possible precedent as Texas lawmakers consider a similar measure.
North Carolina institutions are bidding to host 133 championship-level NCAA events over the next six years. But the North Carolina Sporting Association said Monday that the state could lose the chance to host any of them if state lawmakers don't repeal House Bill 2, a law that strikes down local LGBT non-discrimination laws and bans transgender people from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity.
Texas lawmakers will soon debate their own version of the bathroom ban. The Lone Star State is scheduled to host 11 NCAA and National Junior College Athletic Association events in the next two years, including the 2018 men's basketball first- and second-round games in Dallas and a 2018 men's football championship in Frisco.Hopefully, if they pass the law that it will hurt them where it counts, in their pocketbooks
Texas' bathroom bill, as it is written now, is far narrower than North Carolina's law — it would exempt arenas and convention centers from its restroom rules and let private businesses set their own policies — but business and tourism groups in Texas have warned it would have disastrous effects on cities' ability to keep the state "open for business."