The Dallas Cowboys have made their pitch to host the 2018 NFL Draft. However, a Texas bill regarding which bathrooms people are allowed to use could affect their chances of doing so, according to David Moore of The Dallas Morning News.
“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,” said Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s vice president of communications.
The Texas Legislature will begin making its decision on what law it will put into effect on July 18.
The NFL has announced which team will hold the draft in August, September and October over the last three years, so the legislative timetable should end up suiting the NFL’s.
Texas governor Greg Abbott is not happy with the NFL’s statement, saying the league should focus on football and “get the heck out of politics.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones briefly addressed the situation a few months ago at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“Any time social issues have the consequence of impacting what we’re doing at AT&T or what we’re doing with our team, then that gets my attention,” Jones said. “I hope how that is ultimately resolved is a nonevent and not impactful on what we do with our events. That’s the best I can do there.”
22 teams in total have expressed interest in hosting the NFL Draft next April. In other words, most of the league.
While Dallas is considered the frontrunner, things may obviously change depending on the circumstances.