The old saying goes: you don’t mess with Texas. Apparently, you don’t mess with the NBA and NFL either.
Both organizations received word that Texas possibly can instate a law similar to the bathroom bill in North Carolina. This law would target transgender people, and it caused the NBA to move the All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans.
It was recently revealed that both organizations sternly warned legislators about the ramifications if they enact this bill.
This is nothing new for the NBA. They’ve been vocal and supportive over having equal treatment for their fans. The NFL is a different story.
They haven’t had much of a public relations win over recent years (domestic violence, cheating allegations, concussions), but this is a side where they’re in the right.
Granted, this situation is entirely motivated by money. But it’s not for the reasons you think. In fact, Texas would lose money if both the NFL and NBA enact a response to the law if passed.
Let’s look at the tale of the tape of each Texas franchise in both leagues. The NBA has the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs. The NFL has the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys.
The NFL will make money regardless of the rule, but the consequences for Texas can be dire. The possible removal of both teams (especially Dallas) can be catastrophic to the Lone Star State.
That’s not factoring in how the Cowboys are the most valuable sports team of 2016, according to Forbes. It’s a large part to the NFL and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. What happens if the NFL’s response is to move home games from both Dallas and Houston out of Texas?
The NBA already pulled the trigger with the All-Star Game that was supposed to be in Charlotte. Let’s not forget to mention that Dallas and San Antonio have two of the most vocal voices in politics.
Dallas owner Mark Cuban continues to engage in his feud with Donald Trump. He even wore No. 46 in the Celebrity All-Star Game on February 17 in an apparent jab of Trump. Who knows what his thoughts will be on this controversial ruling.
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has also been outspoken about politics since the election began. He has been a vocal viewpoint on today’s political landscape.
What happens if this law is passed? Can the NBA handle these two polarizing figures’ opinions? More importantly, how will the rest of the NBA react?
These two organizations carry the most loyal fans in the world. Their decisions will be important if this law is passed.
The NBA and the NFL drew the line on Texas. If this law is passed, it’s up to them to follow through.
Hopefully, a better resolution comes to pass instead of another state legislating a controversial law.
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