Opinion: NCAA and leagues shouldn’t play big games in Texas as long as Texas plays games with women’s lives

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Instead of pink jerseys, women’s nights and other demonstrative gestures, sports are a much simpler way for leagues and organizations to prove that they really care about women.

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Boycott Texas.

No NCAA Final Four in Houston or Dallas in 2023, or San Antonio in 2025. No All-Star Games or Super Bowl. There is no NFL alliance that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones covets.

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As long as there’s determination for Texas take away their rights from womenBy refusing to allow them control over their own bodies, organizations such as the NCAA, NFL, Major League Baseball and others should strip Texas of the privilege of hosting big-ticket sporting events. The opinion of most people in Texas, let alone the rest of the country, isn’t enough to impress Governor Greg Abbott and others like him, but might see other states organize games and tournaments that save millions in Texas. brought in revenue. Will.

It shouldn’t even be a matter of debate for the NCAA.

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Nearly half of collegiate athletes are women, and some 500 current and former athletes have won a Amicus Brief with the Supreme Court on Monday on Mississippi law, which bans most abortions after 15 weeks before viability. Amicus Brief argues that women would not be able to take advantage of the opportunities that sport has available – athletic scholarships, professional careers, vocational opportunities – without even aborting.

Texas law is even more stringent than Mississippi’s, banning abortion after six weeks and offering a $10,000 reward on anyone who assists a woman who has the procedure after that. This would include doctors, nurses, family members, even Uber drivers.

One might imagine that a fellow NCAA athlete might also be involved.

Noreen Farrell, executive director of Equal Rights Advocates, an organization dedicated to protecting economic and educational access for women and girls, said in an email, “We don’t have athletic options or work options if we don’t have reproductive options. “

The NCAA was established to “keep college athletes safe,” and no one with common sense can argue that Texas’s new law does so.

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If it’s not enough for the NCAA to stand up for its female athletes, what about its member institutions? Colleges and universities are considered champions of science, history and critical thinking. If Texas is going to show such blatant disregard for those ideals, the NCAA can’t let it take advantage of its championship events.

Not that such a protest would be a bold move for the NCAA, by the way. The organization has rightly said, Refused to allow their championship events in states that promote or tolerate discrimination, whether against black Americans or the LGBTQ+ community, and those sanctions have proven to be quite effective.

North Carolina scrapped its “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people. Mississippi removed the Confederate banner from its state flag.

The NCAA will also follow the lead of Many companies that have already protested for Texas law. Uber and Lyft have offered to pay legal fees for any drivers who are sued. Salesforce said it would pay relocation costs for employees who want to leave Texas. “The Wire” producer David Simon said Tuesday night that he will be finding a new shooting location for his upcoming HBO miniseries.

“If an employer, this is beyond politics,” Simon wrote on Twitter. “I cannot and will not ask the female cast/crew to relinquish civil liberties to film there.”

There is no signing schedule for Texas in any professional league in the near future – although the Texas Rangers have a new stadium and MLB has yet to select a host for the All-Star Games in 2024 and 2025. But the league still has the power to let Texas officials know that the state will appeal as much as a superfund site As long as they continue their sordid obsession with policing women’s bodies.

After all, women make up a growing percentage of the league’s fan base. And studies have shown that women make 70 percent to 80 percent of shopping decisions. Imagine the impact that alienating them could have on, say, Roger Goodell’s NFL goal of reaching $25 billion in revenue by 2027.

Texas lawmakers are playing women’s lives Dangerous Games The NCAA and professional leagues may show their disapproval by playing their games elsewhere.

Follow Granthshala Sports columnist Nancy Armor on Twitter @nrarmour.

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