Who died and put the NCAA in charge of Texas bathrooms? I’ve had it with sports leagues like the NCAA and the NBA telling Texans how to run our state.

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By Lynn Woolley

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has been pushing around the state of North Carolina – and now it wants to control Texas. This is, of course, about whether gay and transgender people can use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity.

In the post-Obama days, this has been a subject of much discussion – and that’s fine.

Opponents of House Bill 2 hold signs outside the House chambers gallery as the North Carolina General Assembly convenes for a special session at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP)

But I’ve had it with sports leagues like the NCAA and the NBA telling Texans how to run our state. I voted for Greg Abbott for governor and for Dan Patrick for lieutenant governor – and I have been fairly pleased.

I did NOT vote for anyone at the NCAA to have the power to tell the State of Texas how to make laws. I’m sure the sports leagues would be displeased if the states attempted to write the rules for football and basketball.

How about if they stick to sports – and we’ll elect representatives to make our laws.

The NCAA is out of control.

Sports leagues like the NCAA, the NBA, and the NFL are in the sports entertainment business – and it’s a big business indeed. The North Carolina Sports Association estimates that the state could lose more than $250 million in economic impact related to 130 event bids. So the NCAA wields considerable economic power.

Mark Humphrey – Associated Press

North Carolina, in fact, has buckled under the pressure and now the NCAA is “reluctantly” willing to play ball in the state once more. Presumably, citizens of the Tar Heel State should be on their knees, thanking their masters in the league’s headquarters – and chanting: “We are not worthy.”

Or not.

What, exactly do sports leagues have to do with changing hundreds of years of tradition on where men and women pee?

That is the question. The answer is – they, like so many retail organizations (such as Target), have become infected with progressive thought – the idea that anyone can do anything, and there is no longer such a thing as right and wrong. Liberalism also seems to hold that there is also no such thing as gender – which is a denial of science – which is something they despise when it involves climate change.

Now that the sports leagues are all liberal, they have decided to force their ideas on others.

This what liberals do.

They believe something and they demand YOU believe it too – or else. The NCAA just happens to have a big stick – its championship games. Regarding the backpedaling in North Carolina, the NCAA know-it-alls issued a haughty statement:

“We are actively determining site selections, and this new law has minimally achieved a situation where we believe NCAA championships may be conducted in a nondiscriminatory environment. If we find that our expectations of a discrimination-fee environment are not met, we will not hesitate to take necessary action at any time.”

So the NCAA is saying that it is still the master of North Carolina’s fate – and the NCAA, not the State Legislature, will decide what discrimination is and will enforce its own definition. Let North Carolina bow and scrape.

Liberal protesters at the Texas Capital (Photo: Associated Press)

This is not how we do things in Texas.

We have our disagreements on the bathroom issue. But let me be clear. It is none of the NCAA’s business what laws we pass. Texas officials were elected by Texans without the assistance of sports leagues. Like the United States, Texas has a constitution and we have legal means of deciding issues here. We don’t want your help. We don’t even want your input.

It is sad that North Carolina caved.

It would be better if more states had sided with the Tar Heel State to tell the NCAA where they can stick their championships. What if North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, and other traditional states had banded together?

Then, the tyranny of the NCAA could have been broken. Giving in to bullies is never a good thing, even if they happen to be sports leagues.


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