Houston just finished hosting a hugely-successful Super Bowl, but NFL officials are warning that it could be Texas’s last. League spokesman Brian McCarthy said Friday that the NFL would consider pulling future events out of the Lone Star State if a transgender bathroom bill were to become law.
“If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law there, that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events,” said McCarthy.
McCarthy was referencing a bill currently working its way through the Republican-dominated state legislature that would require men and women to use the bathroom facilities that correspond with their birth gender.
In an interview with Glenn Beck on Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the NFL was “walking on thin ice” when it came to telling states what they can and cannot do in the political realm.
“The NFL needs to concentrate on playing football and get the heck out of politics,” Abbott said. “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.”
Abbott said Americans were getting tired of these corporate entities throwing their weight around in the political arena.
“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,” he said. “They need to learn their place in the United States, which is to govern football, not politics.”
Unfortunately, everything is getting mixed together, and these corporations inevitably – inevitably – side with the social liberals. North Carolina, of course, took an enormous financial hit last year when their own version of a transgender bathroom bill turned into a national cause. Now these companies – including sports leagues like the NFL, the NBA, and the NCAA – are trying once again to defeat political measures using economic might. That’s not democracy. That’s basically blackmail.
Alas, it is legal. But if these companies start losing fan support for sticking their collective noses into social issues that don’t concern them, they’ll learn to back off or pay the price for their interference.