Texas 'bathroom bill' could put future Super Bowls at risk

New England Patriots' James White scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Super Bowl LI in Houston Texas U.S

Five days after Houston hosted one of the greatest Super Bowls ever, the National Football League delivered a message to the state of Texas.

"The NFL embraces inclusiveness".

The NFL just wrapped up Super Bowl LI in Houston on Sunday, and the locations of the next four Super Bowls have already been awarded (Minneapolis, Atlanta, South Florida, Los Angeles).

This year's Super Bowl was hosted in Houston - a city where voters in 2015 overwhelmingly voted down an ordinance that would have permitted restroom and locker room use on the basis of gender identity.

The bill prohibits transgendered people from using the bathroom of the sex they identify with and restricts them to using the bathroom of the sex they were born.

The Texas bill is similar in scale and tone to North Carolina's controversial House Bill 2 (HB2) law.

A proposed bill in Texas could have serious ramifications on sporting events in the state if passed.

Patrick and others don't believe the NFL or other pro sports leagues will abandon Texas.

They have so far not commented on the upcoming bathroom bill. 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. Those six games were moved to Greenville, S.C.

Republican state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham, who will guide the bill through the upper chamber, said SB 6 would still allow for accommodations for transgender students, such as single-stall restrooms, on a case-by-case basis.

In an interview at the time, Emmert said that the NCAA wants to hold its championship in an "inclusive" environment and "right now we're not sure that we have that" in Indianapolis, which is also home to the NCAA's headquarters.

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.

"I'm not a lawmaker, but I know the impression that that law has given other people of our state and that's the saddest thing in the world to me", Williams said at a press conference on Tuesday.

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