After the NBA pulled its All-Star Game and the NCAA and ACC moved several championship events out of North Carolina following the introduction of the so-called "bathroom bill" that would have required transgender people to use the public bathroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate, Texas has introduced a similar bill. Now the National Football League says that if the legislation passes, it could prevent Texas from hosting the Super Bowl.
HuffingtonPost quotes NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, "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." He went on to say, "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 owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, has expressed interest in having a Super Bowl hosted in Arlington at AT&T Stadium.
Texas is also set to host major NCAA and Big XII events over the next several years, including the 2017 women's basketball Final Four in 2018 in Dallas and the 2018 men's basketball Final Four in San Antonio.