Texas governor says NFL is “walking on thin ice” with Super Bowl threat

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Everything may indeed be bigger in Texas, including the bravado of its politicians when talking about targets that are safely out of town.

After the NFL suggested last week that future events in Texas could be threatened if they pass a “bathroom bill” that would limit the rights of transgender Texans, Texas governor Greg Abbott fired back at the league.

He did so in a friendly environment, appearing on conservative talk show host Glenn Beck’s program, allowing him to jangle his spurs with great vigor.

The NFL is walking on thin ice right here,” Abbott said, via the Texas Tribune. “The NFL needs to concentrate on playing football and get the heck out of politics.”

Last week, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said proposed laws that are “discriminatory or inconsistent with our values” would “certainly be a factor” for considering future events in the state, such as Super Bowls like the one that just left Houston.

But Abbott fired back when given the opportunity to discuss an issue he’s previously been very quiet on, after letting lieutenant governor Dan Patrick take the lead on the proposed legislation which would require transgender persons to use the bathrooms corresponding with their genetic identity rather than how they identify.

“For some low-level NFL adviser to come out and say that they are going to micromanage and try to dictate to the state of Texas what types of policies we’re going to pass in our state, that’s unacceptable,” Abbott told Beck. “We don’t care what the NFL thinks and certainly what their political policies are because they are not a political arm of the state of Texas or the United States of America. They need to learn their place in the United States, which is to govern football, not politics.”

For one thing, McCarthy is a rather high-level adviser. For another, it’s not dissimilar to veiled threats by the league toward governments in the past. Georgia governor Nathan Deal vetoed a “religious liberty” bill which many considered discriminatory, and lo and behold, Atlanta was awarded a Super Bowl shortly thereafter.

But Abbott was on a roll, so he threw some more red meat into the cage, suggesting that Texans were no longer as fond of the NFL because of Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protests.

“I cannot name or even count the number of Texans who told me that they were not watching the NFL,” Abbott said. “They were protesting the NFL this year because of the gross political statement allowed to be made by the NFL by allowing these players, who are not oppressed, who are now almost like snowflake little politicians themselves unable to take the United States national anthem being played.”

It’s great fodder for the base back home, and it will be years before the Super Bowl rotation goes back to Texas anyway. But Abbott staked out of a strong position, taking that “Don’t Mess with Texas” spirit to a level that Jerry Jones and Bob McNair may be uncomfortable with one day.

106 responses to “Texas governor says NFL is “walking on thin ice” with Super Bowl threat

  1. Hmmmm….

    “discriminatory or inconsistent with our values”= not making us enough money.

    There’s your league value system, right there…

  2. Remind us again how much viewership is down for the NFL? That will make Jerry Jones and Bob McNair more uncomfortable than anything the Texas Gov might say.

  3. Hey, the NFL has the right to make the business decision to hold the SB wherever the hell it wants to, just like Texas has the right to pass any constitutionally permitted legislation it wants and face the corresponding repercussions.

  4. I’d like to know who personally in the League office was responsible for this policy and ask them whether they’d be fine with their high school daughters / female relatives taking showers with males. I doubt any of them would agree with what they’re protesting then. And for anyone who’d concur with same-sex high school showering, I’m glad I’m not related to you if I’m a female relative of yours.

  5. He can bluster all he wants, but the private enterprise of the NFL can choose when, where, and for whatever reason to host or not host a venue that will bring the locality of their choice lots of money. Texas (and whichever city or stadium potentially chosen) will want that money.

    To say that they’re “on thin ice” is a joke – the NFL holds all the cards.

  6. They are walking on thin ice. People are starting to get sick of political statements by players, tons of commercial breaks, and the public paying for the stadiums.
    I can remember growing up that players played the game, and owners made a much more modest amount compared to today. The game was fine and it was very enjoyable to watch. I really looked forward to Sundays and I still do, just not as much as I used too. The sad part is I’m in my early 20s.

    The NFL is skating on thin ice and if they continue down the path they’re on, more and more people are not gonna watch.

  7. Bully for him. It’s the politization of the NFL that has caused many of us to walk away from the game. It’s really no longer about football at all.

  8. atomic waste, you’re forgetting that the NFL makes millions in terms of sales in Texas. The state can take countless series of legislative actions (e.g., taxing NFL merchandise more). The NFL is holding some cards, but Texas ultimately is holding more.

  9. The NFL suggested last week that future events in Texas could be threatened if they pass a “bathroom bill” that would limit the rights of transgender Texans.

    Trying to schedule an NFL game played in China? BRILLIANT.

  10. “The NFL is skating on thin ice and if they continue down the path they’re on, more and more people are not gonna watch.”

    Doubtful. People will proclaim to protest (as they did with Kaepernick), then tune in anyway because they’re invested in their team. Maybe some won’t tune in, but the margin of folks turning away from the NFL isn’t significant enough in size or unified cause to cut into the league’s profits or politics.

    This isn’t really a powerful political action anyway since, as the article noted, the super bowl is unlikely to return to Texas so soon after a Houston super bowl. We’ll probably be beyond all of this bs at that point anyway. I mean, seriously, what’s the point in all of these transgender bathroom laws anyway? And who’s enforcing them? The potty patrol?

  11. The league claims a bathroom bill is “discriminatory?” It is simply holding accountable people to respect others’ rights – and was made necessary because perverts insisted on imposing themselves upon society. The NFL needs to stop pandering to leftism.

  12. I asked one of my veteran friends what they thought of this year’s superbowl. His response was almost violent. Had everything to do with Kaepernick, disrespect, and hes done with the NFL because of it. He didnt even know who played. The NFL did lose some old fans over it. And I get what he’s saying.

  13. Sure, the NFL should use its financial leverage to dictate as many state and city laws as it can. Refuse to hold super bowls in non-sanctuary cities. Maybe they should also not allow the Cowboys and Texans to play their games in the state of Texas if the state passes the bathroom bill.

  14. I’m almost positive China will dramatically improve their human rights record if the NFL threatens to not have a game there.

  15. the term snowflake has been massively overused. Every time I see it now I think less of the person that used it than the person they are trying to disparage.

    it’s become a term that backfires on the user.

  16. call me whatever you want..but i am in no way comfortable with my daughter being in a public restroom and some man can walk in there simply because he says he identifies with being a woman….bump that!!!!

  17. So I take it that this whole “transgender rights” thing is based on the idea that a man who thinks he’s a woman shouldn’t have to use a men’s room because he would be uncomfortable sharing a restroom with someone he perceives to be of the opposite sex. So to make sure this person is comfortable, this man should be allowed to use the women’s restroom, regardless of the way he is dressed. But wouldn’t a man being in a women’s restroom make all the women in there uncomfortable, based on the same logic? Why is it okay to trample on the rights of 99.2% of the population just so 0.8% of the population can feel comfortable?

    And don’t get me started on how uncomfortable everyone would be in the locker room.

  18. If Texas wants a Superbowl isn’t the NFL obligated to provide it? Regardless of political views or religious values? Just like the baker who can’t refuse to make cakes for Gay weddings?

  19. The NFL is in thin ice, huh? What does it have to lose? Is the state of Texas going to withdraw its teams and start its own damn football league?

    Deciding where the Super Bowl is and is not played is precisely and solely the place of the NFL. If they want to withhold $500 million in revenue from a city because its politicians are bigots that it’s their prerogative. These Texas republicans should head their own advice and know their role.

  20. Most of the comments on here show the real ignorance that most people have in todays society. This was one of many fears I had about Trump getting granted the Presidency of the UNITED States. It has brought out all the racist bigots that before he moved into the white house were mostly to afraid to really voice their ignorant opinions. I think we are headed for a civil war and have become lumped in to the pool of countries where their so called leaders care more about their own gain and could careless about the people they are supposed to represent. Transgender or not we are all human beings and should be shown the respect we all deserve.

  21. The only places the NFL will be playing the Super Bowl will be LA & NY. The rest of America is right of center politically and don’t want men with psycho issues in the ladies room with their wives or daughters. Regardless of what b.s. the media is trying to shove down our throats.

  22. What really bothers me about what the NFL said by their statement last week was, we don’t care what the Texas population says. This bill was voted on and overwhelmingly voted down. So the NFL has once again lost all impartiality like most entertainment and media groups and said we don’t care about your opinion and we are going to stomp our feet like a petulant child until you agree with us. It’s pathetic. For Godell and his brown coats to be on a crusade to promote honesty and integrity in their game they seem to have missed the boat themselves. Win with grace and lose with dignity. The bathroom battle in Texas is a win for one side and a loss for the other, if it is that important to you regroup and come at it from a different approach. Unfortunately the prevailing thought these days is I will take my toys and go home.

  23. electricboogalo – I would agree but don’t make a political statement about it. Just like Nordstrom…fine if you want to pull Ivanka’s clothing brand from your shelves because of “sales” then go for it…that is their business…but the minute you go public with that…you are making a political statement. Oh…and if you want to make it about lack of sales then you probably shouldn’t purchase the 2017 Spring series…that just shows you right there it was all political.

  24. “[The] proposed legislation [] would require transgender persons to use the bathrooms corresponding with their genetic identity rather than how they identify.”

    The horror!

  25. Why is this a bill that ‘would limit the rights of transgender Texans’ (assuming they exist) rather than a law that prevents men from using women’s restrooms? Also why is “religious liberty” in quotes? The leftist bias here is relentless.

  26. The NFL should ask Target how that worked out for them.

    Texas has a simple formula for squeezing the NFL’s nether regions: prohibit any tax breaks for the NFL in the state. Which, as the City of Austin is discovering about other issues, trumps anything the cities want to do.

    Of course, Jerry could move his team elsewhere, like Mexico. And the Texans can become the Oregoners.

  27. While it may seem far-fetched, this little incident could blossom into a an interesting battle. The NFL enjoys an anti-trust exemption. One that has been threatened before. So, should they try to boycott TX as they have suggested, the court case could prove interesting.

  28. All of you guys uncomfortable with your little daughters being in the same bathroom as a “man” must be OK with your little sons being in the same bathroom as a “woman”.

  29. ” … allowing him to jangle his spurs with great vigor.”

    The arrogant bias of the person who aggregated the content of this piece would be more tolerable if he did some real-life reporting for this instead of merely using the quotes obtained by real-life reporters.

    Sadly, anyone can be aggregate content these days and hide behind an opinion when they’re not going out into the field to face the people about whom they opine.

  30. If Texas wants to go the way of North Carolina and have any major industries or entertainment events look to go elsewhere then I’m fine with that. Come to AZ, Florida, or California instead. There are plenty of states that could use a economic boost that Texas would lose by passing that law.

  31. People are quick to turn down this bathroom law because we’re afraid that people can sneak into bathrooms to rape our daughters and wives….but don’t advocate in the same manner for laws/regulations outside of bathrooms….where our daughters and wives are being raped.

  32. Says the NFL should stick to football and leave politics out of it. Well how about this, you stick to politics and strop trying to force your religion on everyone else

  33. NFL always trying to stick their crap to everyone. Governor is right they should stay out of politics!!!!

  34. Yeah, telling people to “know their place” is always a great way to win them over.

    Anyway, their comments aren’t even accurate – the NFL isn’t telling them what their policies have to be. It’s telling them they may not give them their money, which is perfectly within their rights as a private enterprise.

    I’d say Texas needs the NFL more than vice versa.

  35. Here’s some real sad news for all the lefties out there who want to force their values on the rest of America. How’d that work out for HilLIARy Clinton in the last election? How did Kaepernick taking a knee help the NFL’s ratings? You think all those advertisers are going to pony up millions to advertise when your ratings are going south? Oh and when ESPN decided to go full Monty on its political correctness rants, it lost millions of subscribers and helped tank Disney stock this last quarter. Wise up NFL, Mark Cuban was correct but for different reasons.

  36. cuda1234 says:
    Feb 15, 2017 4:34 PM

    Why is this a bill that ‘would limit the rights of transgender Texans’ (assuming they exist) rather than a law that prevents men from using women’s restrooms? Also why is “religious liberty” in quotes? The leftist bias here is relentless.

    ——————

    That you don’t know the answers to both of those questions is exactly why that wording and those quotes are necessary.

  37. Do the right thing here Texas, whatever it may be for your citizens.

    ““For some low-level NFL adviser to come out and say that they are going to micromanage and try to dictate to the state of Texas what types of policies we’re going to pass in our state, that’s unacceptable….We don’t care what the NFL thinks and certainly what their political policies are because they are not a political arm of the state of Texas or the United States of America”

    Well, in this I agree wholeheartedly.

    Plenty of evidence to suggest for a host city, the Super Bowl is more trouble than its worth.

  38. The NFL should get out of politics and law enforcement. Good to see the Texas Gov stand up to the NFL. Move all the teams to liberal states.

  39. Hey wingers decided a long time ago that businesses were individuals with their Hobby Lobby ruling. NFL AND it’s players are entitled to their opinions and are entitled to voice them like anyone else. Just because you don’t like what they are saying doesn’t mean freedom of speech doesn’t apply. Get over yourself.

    Besides; why are all of these Texas men trying to sneak into the ladies bathroom. We have never had that problem where I live so there is no bill to cover it. Doubt we will ever need it.

  40. Good for him. And he’s right on, concentrate on football. Try to find why the NFL was down last season. Politics and the NFL are separate entices.

  41. He is right! Just like musicians, and actors, athletes, and organizations like the NFL, need to concentrate on what it is they do, and stay out of politics.
    Because, it would be a good bet, to think than many, if not most fans or this particular league, agree with the Texas governor, on this issue.

  42. The NFL only cares about money, they have already told Houston the need to upgrade facilities again to get another Super Bowl. NFL is a joke, time for local Governments to stand up and say you are not worth it.
    Once the Kroenke facility is built in LA they will keep it their this way the Hollywood elite won’t have to travel.

  43. You mess with Texas football you lose – whether it’s the NFL or the governor. The difference – you can vote the governor out – and he would be if he’s seen as part of the problem.
    BTW, Mr. Gov. Abbott, wasn’t that long ago that you and your fellow differently abled folks couldn’t find a decent public bathroom you could use. And you an your conservative Texas brethren fought tooth and nail to stop the federal government from enacting legislation that required it. So maybe we should turn back the clock on that one as well?

  44. This issue is bigger than the NFL, just ask North Carolina. They lost millions of dollars in revenue and jobs for the state because of the law they passed.

  45. “Liberalism is a mental illness.They should all move to Canada where they would be welcomed.”

    Incorrect. What would be a correct statement is “extremism of any kind is similar to a mental illness”.

    Whether you are liberal or conservative, if you take an extreme position you are likely being ridiculous in your demands of other people.

    Such as stereotyping ever liberal as being ill. So go look in the mirror amigo.

  46. “The NFL needs to concentrate on playing football and get the heck out of politics.”

    Actually, the GOP of Texas needs to concentrate on running the state and get the heck out of peoples personal choices.

  47. But Houston just got theirs so what this Texas polotician is really threatening is to not allow Jerruh to get one. I would say that for a Texas politition to threaten to deny Jerruh something is a bad tactical error, except I think it hasnt been that long since one was held in Dallas either. So actually this politician is threatening with nothing. Unless they want to move the Raiders (or are the Chargers truly in a new home yet) to somewhere like Lubbock then tell them they cant have a Superbowl.

  48. “The NFL needs to concentrate on playing football and get the heck out of politics.”

    Like him or not, the Governor is on point with that statement.

    As far as the Super Bowl goes, the location is decided by the owners about 3 1/2 years in advance. Not sure which NFL official made the comment but I’m guessing he isn’t an owner.

    Owners will do what makes them money with no concern about what gender one identifies with.

  49. Pass whatever laws you want Texas. There are plenty of states and cities that would love the huge economic bonus the big game would bring to them. We’ll see how big you are then.

  50. The NFL does not need to go to Texas for the Super Bowl. If a state makes rules going out of their way to attack people who spend money on the NFL, then they may not want to go there. There are plenty of other cities and states that are just fine with taking the money a Super Bowl provides.

  51. philliephaninva says:
    Feb 15, 2017 5:25 PM
    “The NFL needs to concentrate on playing football and get the heck out of politics.”

    Actually, the GOP of Texas needs to concentrate on running the state and get the heck out of peoples personal choices.
    +++++++++++
    I think they are actually trying to protect people’s rights to privacy. Like preventing too common incidents of “I’m a male, but I indentify as a woman, so I’m going into the ladies room, ok?”

  52. The real problem is coed showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms, in all government building, especially public schools.
    This transgender garbage is little more than a delusional fantasy. If you won’t believe a mirror, PMS, or facial hair, how can you prove you are different, how can anyone believe you? And how can a kid of 4 or 5 years old, know anything about gender roles or sexual maturity? And, these folks are free to re-change their minds at any time, making a permanent solution impossible.
    So the real objective is to deprive 99.7% of population gender privacy, so they can have their delusional fantasy.

  53. Its not that I want to see it happen but rest assured losing pro football in Texas isn’t the end of the world and Texas will go on, we were plenty big before pro football and we’ll be plenty big if they leave.

  54. I watched one game this year. And it was fantastic. But as a Bears fan, I don’t feel like I missed much.

    I didn’t make my choice because of any political stance – the product is completely watered down and is an enormous waste of time compared to – say – cleaning my garage on a Sunday afternoon.

    That said, I don’t disagree with the politician from Texas. Politics and sports are getting very old very fast – it’s enough to make this old guy not care about the NFL’s product.

  55. What is the core issue here?

    Money.

    Whose money?

    OURS

    Nobody is MAKING us buy NFL stuff, nobody’s MAKING us buy tickets, just as nobody is MAKING us go to NBA games even after the NBA switched the all-star game to NO after the State of North Carolina said nix to all-inclusive bathrooms

  56. “We don’t care what the NFL thinks and certainly what their political policies are because they are not a political arm of the state of Texas or the United States of America. They need to learn their place in the United States, which is to govern football, not politics.”

    Um, their place is to put on football games, and they’re saying – as is their right, Texas – that they may choose to hold their biggest game elsewhere if they don’t like the environment. Again, that’s their right. Or do Texans not worry about the rights of others? (Actually, I guess that’s been asked and answered many times over, and is about to be again.)

  57. “This transgender garbage is little more than a delusional fantasy.”

    Just so I’m clear, we’re all adamant that bullied teenagers must be threatened with legal repercussions for trying to pee in accordance with how they spend their lives, but an admitted sexual predator – who, among other things, spent a ton of money just to have access to the dressing rooms of underage girls – is given a golden ticket to the Presidency? I just want to be sure I have this right.

  58. I finally looked up what the stupid insult “snowflake” means. so if it’s thrown at people who are overly sensitive and can’t take criticism, doesn’t it apply very squarely to the Texas Governor being all butt hurt at the NFL for criticizing his discriminatory laws?

  59. Its amazing that liberals are applauding the nfl like they have some moral compass or care about this issue. you think that if enough fans said screw you and your political agenda, and stopped watching and they money… they wouldnt be singing another tune? get real, so delusional

  60. I live in Texas, An I totally support the Governors stand. The NFL is getting too political, so much so, I’ve began to loose interest. The NFL lost a lot of its mystique and energy, its not much fun anymore. Political correctness is shutting down the sport. SO I take my money and time else where.
    At one time I’d watch the most insignificant game and be totally involved. Now I don’t care who wins the superbowl. Ill watch my team and if they loose… Oh well, those guys are making $millions. More in one season than Ill make in a life time, to include my children life’s earnings and their children, Combined.
    These NFL players take a knee during the national anthem…military guys are loosing their limbs and lives for less than a fraction of what an NFL player makes.
    The Cowboys were denied the right to put a sticker on their helmets in support of the Police, but players can put on a obnoxious display of protest against the Police…
    Naa, the NFL is withering on the vine, Political correctness is a cancer.
    Play football not politics, heck, soccer is more popular in school than football is.

  61. Hmmmm… so Abbot tells the NFL to stay out of politics….but has no problem with religion doing the same. Abbot is two-faced and spineless.

  62. Gov. Abbott is more than just a little bit two-faced. While Abbott was Attorney General in Texas, he was responsible for an agreement with Donald Trump that excluded Texans from any potential class action law suits involving Trump University. The payoff for Abbott was a $35K donation from Trump, the only donation he had ever given in Texas at the time. Gov. Abbott is a strong proponent of tort reform limiting the size of injury settlements. Abbott is in a wheelchair from a tree limb falling on him. Those with knowledge of Greg’s settlement say the amount was eight figures.

  63. Governor Abbot is the nut job who thought a military exercise in Texas was a pretext for a Federal Government takeover of the state. Google “Jade Helm”. He may be crazier than our current WH occupant.

  64. Ok well the NFL does not owe Texas anything. They choose where they want to put on football games. So Texas can pass whatever legislation they want and the NFL can make it’s own decisions based on players, coaches, owners, and sponsors.
    As for the many of you that don’t understand transgender rights etc. maybe take a few moments to read about the experiences of transgender men and women. Instead of relying on stereotype, ignorance and fear.

  65. The NFL needs to stick to the NFL. Go Texas!!!
    Sick of everybody playing politician.

    I will not go to a sporting event unless given a free ticket. Too expensive anyways and I can watch from home. Turn the channel when athletes start letting me know there politcal beliefs. I for one could careless!!! Shut up and play

    Transgender restrooms. Never understood why they get upset about separate restrooms. To me it’s not about them, but about the perverts and sexual predators. Society in this day and age tho everything is about me and really think people just want to be offeneded

  66. I guess if the NFL was really serious about it they just fold the Dallas and Houston franchises.

    Don’t go halfway fellas, go all the way.

  67. I’m going to play devil’s advocate for a second: aren’t non-transgendered people potentially being discriminated against by “having” to use the bathroom of their “gender identification”? For example, the average men’s room is dirtier than the average women’s room (I’ll never get how dried piss gets on the toilet seat when the seats can be flipped up AND there are perfectly good urinals in the room), so are non-transgendered men being discriminated against by being required to use the dirtier room?

    Under that logic, don’t all bathroom designations become invalid, because all people must be allowed to use whatever bathroom they are comfortable with (otherwise, discrimination)? So it would seem that that outcomes is where we are required to be headed, because it is the only fair and logical outcome of this line of thinking.

  68. “Ok well the NFL does not owe Texas anything. They choose where they want to put on football games. So Texas can pass whatever legislation they want and the NFL can make it’s own decisions based on players, coaches, owners, and sponsors.
    As for the many of you that don’t understand transgender rights etc. maybe take a few moments to read about the experiences of transgender men and women. Instead of relying on stereotype, ignorance and fear.”

    This^^^^^^^I can’t thumbs up enough!

  69. As a woman I’m going to give my 2 cents. Please tell me how many incidents of a Transgender male you have read about going into a woman’s bathroom and raping someone? ZERO. I have have read plenty about straight men raping a woman in a woman’s bathroom. I’m more worried about a transgender female dressed as a man going into a men’s room. That is where I can see a straight male finding out its a woman and getting pissed off and committing violence or rape against that person. Transgenders have been using bathrooms for years, you just didn’t know. Who cares.

  70. So we’re talking about guys who want to sit down and pee and women who would still need to sit down and pee?

    Who cares? Go ahead and sit down and pee.

  71. Hate to break the news to some of you, but there are several colleges across the country that have mixed-gender bathrooms in their dorms. Some colleges allow mixed-gender roommates (see Temple announcement today).

  72. We discriminate all the time. It is required by (gasp!) governments. Don’t believe me? Why don’t you talk to some smokers?

    And the science (such of it is) against second hand smoke upon which that discrimination is based is just as bogus as the ‘science’ that defines transgenderism. In case you forgot your basic biology, sex is set at the cellular level and is not subject to the whims of personal choice.

    So it is only acceptable these days to discriminate against states that do not agree with the current PC lunacy (NC and TX come to mind), Trump supporters, angry white males, and conservatives among others.

    Goodell needs to be careful as his league operates at the good graces of state and federal governments. Should the NFL no longer want to play nice, they are about to get a blunt reminded of the difference between governments and corporations. Abbott just threw down the gauntlet. Cheers –

  73. Texas, it’s governor, it’s oversized ego and all of the hypocrites that live there suck. Will Rogers was right… I never met a Texan I liked.

  74. Personally, I think it a shame that NFL steals billions of dollars from winning Super Bowl teams, and gives it to southern dome stadium teams, that haven’t even won half of their games. This year Houston got rewarded for a crappy season, while NE got screwed.
    And somehow they call this justice?

  75. How about of the NFL owners make all their stadium bathrooms open to any patron? Don’t see that do you? Take your ivory tower PC the hell away from football.

  76. Because it’s part of my DNA, here’s some Common Sense:

    Statistics show that .3% of the population of the US identifies as transgender. Based on what Gary J. Gates, a demographer and former research director of a group that studied law and policy issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, states, “There’s a saying: ‘You don’t count in policy circles until someone counts you,’” With this in mind, he suggests the percentage is closer to .6%. I’m not a social scientist, so I will allow Mr. Gates’ statistics and opinion to stand.

    Here’s what we should do: Designate .8% of all of our bathroom resources to transgendered people and let them use those facilities. That way, the .6% neither offends nor is offended by the 99.4% of the majority. Taking into account that a stadium of 70,000 people, .6% would tally up to 420 people at a game. Personally, I think that’s a little high, but for statistics’ sake of an expert, we’ll keep it consistent.

    Average stadiums have an upper level, a mid level, and a lower level, and there is a home side and a visitor’s side. If we divide the 420 transgendered people into, on an average three sections of seating, that’s 140 persons per level.; divide that in half to designate that some of the fans would sit on both sides of the stadium (this does not introduce economics into the fold, that the lower level seats may cost more, thereby being more exclusive to some wallets- or pocketbooks, whichever you prefer). That would mean 70 people per level per sideline. Wouldn’t one 4-stalled bathroom be sufficient for the course of the game?

    Now, granted, people tend to use the bathroom at the same time- half time, at 4 stalls per time, the wait time would probably not allow you to watch the jugglers, bike jumpers, singers, or local youth football team to perform at half, but then, most people aren’t watching anyway.

    Problem solved. Bathroom legislation not necessary. Super Bowl can happen in whatever town the NFL wants it to.

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