Texas lawmakers could hurt the football-loving state’s chances to attract a future Super Bowl if they adopt a measure that restricts access to bathrooms for transgender people, a National Football League spokesman said on Friday.
The comments, which come after Houston hosted Super Bowl LI on Sunday, appear to be the most critical by the league yet of legislation that has become a focal point in U.S. culture wars.
“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,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said when asked for the league’s stance on the Texas bill.
McCarthy added: “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 proposed measure in Texas is similar to one enacted last year in North Carolina, prompting the National Basketball Association to pull its showcase 2017 All Star game from Charlotte.
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