The NFL took a strong stand Friday against proposed legislation in Texas that would prevent transgender people from using public restrooms that match their gender identity, saying the bill could potentially keep the state from hosting future Super Bowls.
As far as the Super Bowl is concerned, this isn't an immediate concern: the hosts of the next three Super Bowls have already been named, and none of them is in Texas.
Lawmakers in Texas and 13 other states now have introduced so-called "bathroom bills", which supporters say help protect privacy and safety but opponents argue target an already marginalized group in USA society.
The Texas legislature is now considering a bill requiring people to use the bathroom of their biological sex, not their chosen gender.
Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick (R) and the 14 Republicans sponsoring the bill this week vowed to push forward with SB6, over the objections of business leaders within the state. It is unclear how the legislation, should it pass, would affect the NCAA's future plans.
It was the league's first statement on the matter since the legislation was introduced in January.
The NBA and NCAA have pulled sporting events out of North Carolina in response to similar legislation passed there, costing the state as much as $250 million in lost revenue.
Technically, the NFL's inclusivity policy would not be affected by SB 6.
Now, as Texas prepares to potentially enact Senate Bill 6, the National Football League itself is taking a surprisingly strong stance against this potential legislation.
"Despite persistent misinformation in the media, under Senate Bill 6, all Texas teams will be able to set their own policies at the stadiums and arenas where they play and hold their events".
The Super Bowl will then be played in Atlanta (2019), Miami (2020) and Inglewood (2021).
As an example, Houston's NRG Stadium is owned by Harris County, and the City of Arlington owns AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.