Less than a week after Super Bowl LI was played in Houston, the National Football League has warned Texas that future events, including a Super Bowl, could be withheld from the state if a "bathroom bill" targeting the transgender community is passed.
The NFL kept a low profile on a recently introduced Texas bathroom bill during the Super Bowl week. But the future of Texas Super Bowls may now be in question.
McCarthy continued, "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".
The NCAA hasn't commented on the Texas bill.
According to an article from CBS News, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said a bill like this goes against what the organization believes in.
The proposition would require persons to use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate.
"The people of Texas elected us to stand up for common decency, common sense and public safety", Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a statement announcing the legislation last month.
Now that the entire NFL is safely out of Texas, the league has flexed a bit of muscle in hopes of influencing a proposed "bathroom bill" like North Carolina's HB2 - which cost Charlotte the NBA's 2017 All-Star Game.
After the release of the statement, the Texas legislature's office said they were "making sure that every Texan is welcomed" at sporting events.
The NCAA pulled seven championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year due to its objections to North Carolina House Bill 2.
"All Texas teams will be able to set their own policies at the stadiums and arenas where they play and hold their events". 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.
And with the next three Super Bowls promised out to Minneapolis, Atlanta and Miami, it would be years before a bid would be impacted.