The Republican governor responded on Saturday by pointing out that Tom Brady and the Patriots had won the Super Bowl despite the NFL's decision to suspend Tom Brady for his role in the Deflategate saga.
"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", Patrick spokesman Alejandro Garcia said in a statement.
Government buildings, public schools and universities must designate use of dressing rooms, locker rooms, and bathrooms based on a person's biological sex as it is listed on their birth certificate. It targets transgender people and would be similar to a bill that passed in North Carolina that led to the National Basketball Association pulling its All-Star Game out of Charlotte.
The NFL will nearly certainly not be the last sports league to weigh in on this issue.
The "bathroom bill" now under consideration could sink the state's chances of hosting another Super Bowl in the near future. The NCAA has already made its feelings known for this kind of bill, and the Final Four is scheduled to be in San Antonio next year.
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The role of President Trump's executive order tightening enforcement of illegal immigration laws is another point of contention. The demonstrators were anxious that the mother-of-two would be deported and chose to block the customs van in Arizona.
The proposed measure in Texas is similar to one enacted previous year in North Carolina, prompting the National Basketball Association to pull its showcase 2017 All Star game from Charlotte. Those six games were moved to Greenville, S.C.
We'll see how this plays out, but it sounds like Texas and other states are headed down the same road North Carolina traversed when it approved HB2.
The Atlantic Coast Conference moved 10 championship events, including its football championship game (Clemson vs. Virginia Tech) to Orlando, Fla.
"We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships", NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a news release.
This week, the North Carolina Sports Association, a nonprofit group that promotes sports and recreation in the state, urged lawmakers there to repeal its version of the law in order to attract sporting events back to Charlotte and other North Carolina cities.
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