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Bathroom bill could cost Texas future Super Bowls

Bathroom bill could cost Texas future Super Bowls

Texas' bill, titled the "Privacy Protection Act", bars transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice in many buildings, blocks local non-discrimination ordinances that protect transgender people in public accommodations, and prohibits local municipalities from considering such protections when awarding contracts.

"If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law (in Texas), that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events", National Football League spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email response to the Houston Chronicle question about the bill.

The Texas legislation ― known officially as the Texas Privacy Act, or SB6 ― was introduced in January and is similar to a law passed a year ago in North Carolina.

In North Carolina, which introduced its own controversial "bathroom bill", HB 2, in March of previous year, Forbes estimated that the state lost as much as $630 million as concerts were canceled, investments went unmade, and sports tournaments were relocated outside the state.

"The NFL embraces inclusiveness". That pressure may have been enough to sway Arizona, which began recognizing the holiday in 1992 and has since played host to several Super Bowls. Dallas is hosting this season's NCAA women's basketball Final Four, and the 2018 men's basketball Final Four is scheduled to be held in San Antonio.

It is not clear whether or not a bill like this will affect other sporting events in the future.


A prominent business group said if the Texas bill becomes law, it could cost the state billions of dollars.

The controversy over this type of bathroom law first took flight in North Carolina, which led to the NCAA taking all NCAA postseason tournaments out of the state.

Shortfall said, "Sports and tourism folks in North Carolina say this has been devastating for them".

There are now no Super Bowl games lined up for the state of Texas. But the NBA's stance on North Carolina's law ― it has said it won't return to Charlotte as long as it remains in effect ― means that approval of the anti-transgender bill would likely also doom the prospects of the event returning to Texas at any point in the foreseeable future.

The Texas bill was filed last month and has a powerful backer in Lt. Gov.