Transgender bathroom bill could keep draft out of Dallas

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Dallas is considered a favorite to host the 2018 NFL draft, but actions in the state Capitol could change that.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott this week called for a special legislative session to consider a bill regulating bathroom use by transgender people in public buildings. When North Carolina passed a similar “bathroom bill,” it cost the state several sporting events, and the NFL says that bill could result in the league keeping the draft out of Dallas.

“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,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Dallas Morning News.

Abbott has previously criticized the NFL for saying such a law could cost Houston and Dallas the opportunity to host future Super Bowls.

North Carolina partially repealed its bathroom law after events including the NBA All-Star Game and NCAA Tournament were pulled from the state.

102 responses to “Transgender bathroom bill could keep draft out of Dallas

  1. Once again, the NFL being hypocritical. Make BILLIONS off of the Dallas Cowboys, but want to pull the draft from there over this. If they were serious about it, refuse revenue that the Cowboys make for the NFL or move the team. Otherwise, get off your high horse.

  2. Big mistake, the NFL should remain politically neutral or they will alienate half their fans.

    ESPN is a perfect example of doing the wrong thing…we all know the results, they are losing millions…

  3. Politicians who have little to offer, very often use fear and hate to manipulate some of the less educated into voting for them. It’s an evil practice, but it works. The NFL can see right through this, as we all can, and they don’t want to encourage it. It sends a positive message to our leaders. Roll up your sleeves and get to work. Don’t take the lazy way out. Most of the time, the politicians who offer up these bills don’t even believe it themselves. They just use it to gain entry into power, or to stay in power.

  4. They claim the need to “protect children in schools” yet they’re fine with the loose gun legislation that allows weapons from TX to flood the rest of the country.

    Secede already cavemen.

  5. This is so ridiculous. Us the bathroom that corresponds with what you have. It’s that damn simple. Next.

  6. I don’t think so. The more the NFL exerts its power into the political theater the more people are going to turn away from the NFL. Asking someone to use the bathroom that was designed specifically for their genitalia should not even be a NFL mandate. It does not represent their players unless we have hundreds of transgender’s playing football. Last I checked we have zero.

  7. Why the need for a transgender bathroom Dallas? How about just a bathroom shared by men and women and kids? How does a law like that even get passed? It’s as if there are so many transgendered.

  8. Why is it necessary in this country to pander to people playing dress up. Because they “feel” like something else? I “feel” that my bank account is supposed to be $50 million, so, someone better transfer that money to my bank account.

  9. Guess Kaep taught the NFL nothing. Shut your mouth about politics and just play the game. There is a GOP president in office now, so threats to withhold commerce for a GOP state over a GOP platform won’t sit as well as when they pulled this stunt with NC under Obama.

  10. These bills were never about bathrooms, just like it was never about water fountains in the 60’s.
    I’m just amazed at how many people were completely unaware that trans people even used bathrooms until this subject became a thing.

  11. “patriots123456 says:
    Jun 10, 2017 7:49 AM

    Big mistake, the NFL should remain politically neutral or they will alienate half their fans.

    ESPN is a perfect example of doing the wrong thing…we all know the results, they are losing millions…”
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    Well said!

  12. If politicians were so concerned about children getting molested by men in dresses then they should be going after priests.

    Losers like Abbott are just choosing another vulnerable minority to demonize in order to whip up his base. Transgendered have been using their respective bathrooms since forever and it only became a “problem” once the knuckle dragging mouth breathers lost their pathetic battle against same-sex marriage.

  13. So unless Dallas passes a law that allows a convicted rapist who just got released from prison the right to walk into the women’s restroom right behind my wife or daughters, the NFL will label that discrimination and pull the draft from there?

    The sign on Roger Goodell’s office must read “Abandon all common sense, ye who enter here”.

  14. Will those choices determine if its doing #1 and #2 and will that require a separate application form followed by an inspection? Good idea for those promoting this move to voice their opinion loud enough and to volunteer to be inspectors.

  15. I still say the draft should go to cities that don’t have a franchise. Are you telling me Milwaukee couldn’t handle it? Or Salt Lake City? Or Portland? Or Omaha?

    Give fans who may never be able to get to any game a chance to get to some sort of official event!

  16. We don’t need separate bathrooms for all the variations of sexual gender. All we need is a Men’s Room and a Women’s Room and people to be nice and respectful to others when they use them.

  17. Jerrah and Roger are strong buddies, so there is no battle. The 2018 draft should stay in Philly, as Chicago got 2 years, so should Philly. Next should be Green Bay. Dallas does not have a good venue to hos the draft anyway. In a suburban town far away from Dallas? Sounds like a recipe for disaster.

  18. NFL is a business and has to make business decisions. A majority of people don’t agree with Greg ” the wheels ” Abbot about this, or anything really. I really don’t think at the end of the day it’ll keep all the Sunday afternoon bud light drinkers from watching the games.

  19. Leave it to the people who want to regulate bathroom usage through absolutely hysterical political efforts to call those of us who oppose such nonsense as playing political football games.

    Is it a great time to be alive, or what?

  20. They alienate way more than half their fans by pulling these stunts. The NFL fan base is older and whiter than the population at large, hence way more conservative.

    This is just another example of powerful corporations trying to dictate their beliefs to people. The NFL’s consumers must stand up to them if they want they behavior to change.

    I can’t speak for anyone else, but I will boycott the NFL if the NFL keeps try to impose their culturally marxist beliefs on my fellow countrymen who have every right to build the communities that they want to live in, and not communities based on New York values.

  21. As a Texan, as long as they keep men out of my 16 year old daughter’s bathroom, I’m ok with the NFL keeping the draft out of Dallas.

  22. “kamthechancellor says:
    Jun 10, 2017 10:08 AM
    Have the draft in the city with the first pick…or does that make too much sense?”

    The draft in Cleveland every year? No thank you.

    What makes more sense is to reward the #2 team/ loser of the SB with the option to host the draft. You have an AFC and NFC Champion for a reason.

  23. santaclarasantaclaus says:
    Jun 10, 2017 8:52 AM
    In my house, everybody uses the same bathroom. Seems to work.
    ___________________________

    Do they all use it at the same time? Single user bathrooms have always been gender nuetral. If only one person is inside, who cares? The argument here is over bathrooms that multiple people will use at the same time. I felt the need to explain that since you are clearly not sure what’s going on here.

  24. Losing sleep at night worrying which bathroom folks can use? Conservative snowflakes crack me up.

    Americans are so immature. Let people use any bathroom they want. Who cares? Not me.

    As for the NFL penalizing Texas, good for them. I and many others are already boycotting Red States. I vacation in Colorado, Oregon, California, and Hawaii. Maybe British Columbia one year. States that support the Trump, the GOP and their Christian Right Wing allies aren’t getting a dime of my money if I can help it.

  25. Stay out of here. We aren’t going to cower to the leftists like North Carolina did. We don’t need the money, our economy is booming.

  26. Port O Jons were set up in Chicago and they will be in Texas so what’s the big deal here folks. Only designation I have seen on them is a wheelchair. No issue here.

  27. Neocons cower in fear of who might use the bathroom, and therefore pass bills to regulate it. Cowards.

  28. SparkyGump says:
    Jun 10, 2017 9:42 AM
    It’s so much easier to hate than trying to understand.
    _________________________________________

    It’s so much easier to accuse others of hate than it is to pause and consider their viewpoints.

  29. abninf says:
    Jun 10, 2017 12:16 PM
    Stay out of here. We aren’t going to cower to the leftists like North Carolina did. We don’t need the money, our economy is booming.

    Um, I live in California. The only reason I’d visit Texas is, uh, can’t think of one.

  30. The uneducated trumpophites are getting really annoying. This country isnt going back to the 50s. Sorry to say racism will never be ok again. Gender prejudice is gone as well. All you hillbillies need to get with the program or the south will have to get their backsides handed to them again.

  31. bigdaddyrockytop says:
    Jun 10, 2017 3:05 PM
    The uneducated trumpophites are getting really annoying. This country isnt going back to the 50s. Sorry to say racism will never be ok again. Gender prejudice is gone as well. All you hillbillies need to get with the program or the south will have to get their backsides handed to them again.

    It’s called Federalism. Look it up in the dictionary.

    The people of Texas want as much to do with gender neutral bathrooms as the people of Massachusetts want with concealed carry. In a federalist system, they both get what they want.

    What’s getting annoying is people like you thinking one centralized bureaucracy knows how to govern 312,000,000 people.

  32. this is why i totally quit watching the NBA,and quit buying NBA gear…..as an ol’ guy who helped build the ol’ AFL i still watch the NFL ,but only about a 1/4 of what i used to….but i have also stopped buying NFL gear ….still love sports…. just not the NBA and NFL….

  33. Good luck paying your bills catering to the vocal minority. But, will make for a colrful and flamboyant crowd at games,, albeit arena ball size . Best of luck

  34. DerekCarrsGoldenArm
    Jun 10, 2017, 1:22 PM PDT

    It’s called Federalism. Look it up in the dictionary.

    What’s getting annoying is people like you thinking one centralized bureaucracy knows how to govern 312,000,000 people.

    ___________________________________________

    What’s annoying is the primacy your country places on the elected official charged with governing 312,000,000 people. Never mind such a proudly federalist nation’s inability to consider the needs of those outside its borders.

  35. And to the trans bath room defenders, quit acting like people want to change something that has been an institution. As long as there has been plumbing, one went to the bathroom according to what was between their legs. The trans bathroom deal is the change to the historical norm, and sorry, but the majority doesnt care for it.

  36. Fact: 1/2000 people are born with intersex gender assignment (ambiguous genitalia). Shall we hate them because of their genetics and bar them from using all public bathrooms? Remember, haters, Karma never forgets!

  37. So the league that has a team name that is racially offensive with the slang term Redskins is going to take issue with this this is simply not my NFL

  38. The transgender suicide rate is incredibly high, but near equal before and after gender re-assignment surgery which should tell you it is more indicative of a mental illness than anything else.

    These people should be given sympathy and treatment, they should not be enabled. Predict the future will look back at this time in astonishment that the Left choose to enable rather than treat this illness. Many doctors are starting to feel the same way.

  39. So unless Dallas passes a law that allows a convicted rapist who just got released from prison the right to walk into the women’s restroom right behind my wife or daughters, the NFL will label that discrimination
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    Typical republican thinking. What is preventing that rapist from dressing as a woman and doing that right now? Are there bathroom police? It’s ridiculous to think that transgender restrooms will lead to that. But don’t let rational thought over-ride your fear of these people. Let’s keep it like it was in the 60’s….cause that was a great time. If you were straight and white that is.

    Lol, rapists gonna get ya…run.

  40. fearsome4 says:

    Losing sleep at night worrying which bathroom folks can use? Conservative snowflakes crack me up. Americans are so immature. Let people use any bathroom they want. Who cares? Not me. As for the NFL penalizing Texas, good for them. I and many others are already boycotting Red States. I vacation in Colorado, Oregon, California, and Hawaii. Maybe British Columbia one year. States that support the Trump, the GOP and their Christian Right Wing allies aren’t getting a dime of my money if I can help it.

    It is amazing how holier-than-thou some can be. Americans are so immature, yet you are the pillar of maturity by labeling others as snowflakes and being Immature? GREAT job of throwing stones in a glass house, bro.

    If Americans are so immature, feel free to take that money you are saving by not giving it to the Right Wing Allies and buy yourself a plane ticket home.

  41. This is the same thing as the Kap situation in a different package..

    The state (probably) has the right to impliment this bill.

    The league has the right as a private entity to withold events from the state as a consequence of the states actions.

    Most here are hypocritical and side with either Kap/NFL or NFL/Texas due to their political leanings without realizing their hypocrisy.

  42. Just got into an argument last night with one of my sisters over transgendered.
    Surprisingly she says it’s okay for men to “hang out” in a female facility, while I said there is no way I would let any of my three daughters in that place.

  43. ————————————————————-
    exinsidetrader says:
    Jun 10, 2017 5:36 PM
    The transgender suicide rate is incredibly high, but near equal before and after gender re-assignment surgery which should tell you it is more indicative of a mental illness than anything else.

    These people should be given sympathy and treatment, they should not be enabled. Predict the future will look back at this time in astonishment that the Left choose to enable rather than treat this illness. Many doctors are starting to feel the same way.
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    Are you an expert on scientists’ feelings as well doctors’ feelings? Do a lot of scientists feel that climate change is a Chinese hoax? Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. Smart people on PFT are so rare. (smh)

  44. Meh, Texas and Texas’s economy doesn’t “NEED” major sporting events. Unlike states like North Carolina that need the extra revenues, we don’t.

    This is Texas and we do what we want. What other people think doesn’t bother us in the least.

  45. NFL doesn’t care about all you crusty old bigots who don’t buy what they sell or advertise. You’re dying off and not being replaced.

    The NFL is courting the young viewers who buy and wear jerseys, who are vocal on social media and who will be their fanbase for decades to come. I’m not one of those people, but I can see it just as easily as you can. Maybe that’s what’s making you so angry, that the world has passed you by and even your favorite old institutions have given up on you?

  46. billfchew says:
    Jun 10, 2017 3:05 PM
    These wing nuts in Texas don’t seem to realize that the league will never award them a SB again.

    —-

    We simply don’t care. Our economy is strong, we have jobs, a cheap cost of living, great food, and all the sports we need.

    The Super Bowl in Houston was a push. We didn’t make any money because we were too busy spending it on stupid things like fixing up areas of town that didn’t need it and relocating the homeless to appease the NFL.

    It wouldn’t hurt most Houstonians feelings if the Super Bowl never came back.

  47. Living in NC right now and these PC social justice warriors need to just stop. Particularly​ in sports. NC lost millions of revenue because they deemed the H2 bill “intolerant” and now they want to do the same thing to Texas. All this is happening while people are getting beat up in California for just speaking words. Sad days are ahead

  48. “aj66shanghai says:
    Jun 10, 2017 7:28 PM
    NFL doesn’t care about all you crusty old bigots who don’t buy what they sell or advertise. You’re dying off and not being replaced.”
    Sounds like you’re pretty age biased. You intolerant bigot.

  49. Starbucks has the easiest simplest solution and politicans r morons

    Make every bathroom available to everyone. Problem solved.

    Its amazing how inept incompetent otganizations like the NCAA And the NFL male the biggest issues out of the dunbest things. Yet cant solve any meaningful problems

  50. This transgender crap is ridiculous. If they won’t use the bathrooms that match their junk, put an outhouse outside the stadium and tell them to use that.
    I am sick and tired of the 1 per centers in this country dictating to everyone else.
    I hope Dallas and every other city tells the NFL to stuff their draft, we’re not spending a dime on transgender rest rooms.
    It’s backward thinking like this which has put this country in the toilet.
    The NFL is so damned hypocritical it makes me sick. You and I all know these NFL owners couldn’t give a rat’s ass about transgenders, but they’re so hell bent on being politically correct, they’ll do stupid stuff like threaten cities that they won’t get the Super Bowl or the draft if they don’t bend over for transgenders.
    As far as I’m concerned, the only place these transgenders belong is a circus freak show. If anyone doesn’t like it, tough.

  51. Most places have a third bathroom anyway…it’s called the Family restroom. Why don’t they use that one? The wait can’t be that long, after all they only make up .00000000001% of the population anyway.

  52. I take solace in the fact that most of you neanderthals on the wrong side of history are on the back nine, and the younger generation can ignore your views as the rest of us march into the future.

  53. How is the NFL worried about transgender discrimination but not their own RACIAL discrimination.

    IE: Colin Kaepernick unemployed and others being discriminated against under your own nose. If it were not so, there would be no need for the Rooney Rule!

    Give us a break!

  54. I have no problems with gay rights but the groups making so much noise need to stop. In Texas a school gave them boys, girls, and neutral (neutral meaning anyone can use it in privacy). They sued again. Why? Whose rights are they violating? I’ll tell you who, my daughters right to go into the girls restroom expecting only girls and my right to expect the same. That’s a argument that no amount of media “shaming” and censorship will quell. That they think that it will is the main reason why the media was completely blindsided by the Trump win.

  55. whodatnhollywood says:
    Jun 10, 2017 9:40 PM
    How is the NFL worried about transgender discrimination but not their own RACIAL discrimination.

    IE: Colin Kaepernick unemployed and others being discriminated against under your own nose. If it were not so, there would be no need for the Rooney Rule!

    Give us a break!

    Here’s your break: CKs predicament has absolutely nothing to do with race. Zero. Zip. Nada. His kneeling for the national anthem has little to do with it. His pig socks had a little to do with it. His lack of progress in reading defenses had something to do with it. His diet induced weight loss had something to do with it. Add up the something, little somethings, and weigh it against his skill set. White, black, or green, if skill set tips the scale he plays. Can’t put three bags in the overhead compartment no matter what. Also, Colins mother is white so there’s that.

  56. Abbott is such a jethro, his only piece of work, call a special session n waste more mony to ban, discrimminate, keep out, make, etc. Individuals go to the bathrooms that correspond to their gentilia. Nothing new, its ok for cowpokes to get it on with the steers..texass is such a simpleton state that says if you’re white your right. Whether its transgender, gay, color – you can always count on texass to get it right n act is they’re still in the 1960’s..

  57. The problem with the bathroom bill is that it’s solving the wrong problem. It’s not like there is a transgender rapist epidemic.

    Just make being in a bathroom during an offense such as assault or attempted rape an aggravating factor, and stop trying to create second-class citizens.

  58. Make no mistake, the NFL couldn’t actually care less about any of this. All they fear is the vocal minority SJW’s invading them and wreaking havoc, that’s it, nothing else. So tired of all this stuff being potrayed as 90% of the population agrees with them when in actuality it’s 5% screaming at the top of their lungs. They continue to hold company’s and individual hostage. They’re basically mental terrorists.

  59. minnesota1970 says:
    Jun 10, 2017 6:26 PM
    “Daddy, there was a funny looking lady in the bathroom” says my 11 year old daughter.
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    Which could be said about anyone’s wife, girlfriend, mother, grandmother and whatever. Your response to your daughter should be that’s it’s not polite or respectable to go peeking into other people’s stalls.

  60. I was not aware that a man’s “right” to use the women’s restroom because he suffers from gender dysphoria was one of the “NFL’s values.”

  61. rdsdawgsnvkns says:
    Jun 10, 2017 10:57 PM

    Abbott is such a jethro, his only piece of work, call a special session n waste more mony to ban, discrimminate, keep out, make, etc. Individuals go to the bathrooms that correspond to their gentilia. Nothing new, its ok for cowpokes to get it on with the steers..texass is such a simpleton state that says if you’re white your right. Whether its transgender, gay, color – you can always count on texass to get it right n act is they’re still in the 1960’s..
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    While Abbott isn’t the best governor in the history of Texas, he did what’s right.
    Most of all I bet you wont come here to our state and call any Texan a ‘jethro” or a ‘simpleton’ to our face.

  62. kamthechancellor says:
    Jun 10, 2017 10:08 AM

    Have the draft in the city with the first pick…or does that make too much sense?
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    They don’t want to go to Cleveland all of the time.

  63. The problem with holding the draft in the city with the first pick is that teams are always looking to trade.

    I like the idea of holding drafts in non-NFL cities. The other idea I like is my idea for having the draft at the college campus that sent the most players to the NFL in the previous year’s draft.

  64. I am increasingly finding the wisdom of being nonpartisan. I will not speak of my religion but briefly. It is important to me and it embraces the good in all the world. The leaders of my faith are nonpartisan. It would behoove the NFL to follow their example.

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