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National Football League warns that 'bathroom bill' could cost Texas future Super Bowls

National Football League warns that 'bathroom bill' could cost Texas future Super Bowls National Football League warns that 'bathroom bill' could cost Texas future Super Bowls
Alfredo Watts | 11 February, 2017, 02:37

In a statement Friday, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said any such law that is "discriminatory or inconsistent with our values" would "certainly be a factor" in awarding future Super Bowls.

The proposed law, known as "Senate Bill 6" or the "bathroom bill", would require transgender people use the bathroom corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificate rather than the one they feel most comfortable using.

A proposed "bathroom bill" in Texas that would target transgender individuals could potentially jeopardize future Super Bowls or National Football League events from being awarded to the state if were to become law.

No Super Bowl sites awarded through 2021 are in Texas.

The state of Texas could follow North Carolina in creating a law that regulates use of bathrooms in a way that individuals wouldn't be able to use facilities that align with their gender identity. Under the bill, if a private association, business or sports league leased out a publicly owned venue for an event, the state or local governments that oversee that venue would have no say in the bathroom policies there for that event.

A similar bill in North Carolina prompted next week's NBA All-Star Game to be moved by the league from Charlotte to New Orleans.

Texas has several upcoming marquee sporting events that could be at risk, including the NCAA men's Final Four basketball championship in San Antonio next year.

There are now no Super Bowl games lined up for the state of Texas. Forbes previously estimated the state of North Carolina lost more than $600 million in potential revenue in the six months after the bill was passed into law.

Responding to the NFL's statement, a spokesman for Lt. Gov. The Dallas-area city of Arlington hosted the 2011 Super Bowl in the stadium where the Cowboys play.

The NFL has awarded hosting rights to the Super Bowl, the biggest annual event on the US sporting calendar, through 2021.