Amidst California’s decision to ban travel to anti-LGBT countries such as Texas, might cause trouble among college athletes in both cities.

College Sports Issues

California’s employee travel ban to anti-LGBT countries, which includes Texas, might be having a negative impact on its college athletes to be hosted by Texas for games.

Many university administrators, businesses and government officials who were contacted for comment, have said that they have no clue how this would play out in terms of sports events hosted by Texas. A spokesman for the University of Houston, Mike Rosen, said, “it’s too early to know the direct impact.”

However, Texas regularly hosts events, and California college teams regularly schedule some games there as well. If the ban applies to coaches, this would mean that California coaches couldn’t go to Texas to recruit players, which they frequently do.

Texas also regularly hosts the NCAA games, which California teams regularly and enthusiastically participate in. For example, the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four is being hosted in San Antonio.

The Ban

Last week,  Xavier Becerra, California’s Attorney general, issued a ban for state-funded employees from travelling to Texas and, just recently, other countries that discriminate against the LGBT community, including North Carolina, South Dakota, Kentucky and Alabama.

“Our country has made great strides in dismantling prejudicial laws that have deprived too many of our fellow Americans of their precious rights,” Becerra had said in his statement. “Sadly, that is not the case in all parts of our nation, even in the 21st century. I am announcing today that I am adding four states to the list of states where California-funded or sponsored travel will be restricted on account of the discriminatory nature of laws enacted by those states.”

“There are consequences to discrimination,” Becerra said to reporters. “Restricting state-sponsored travel is a consequence.”

Comments On the Ban

Regarding its effect on sports, Texas Competes’ managing director, Jessical Shortall, said: “We are hopeful that some postseason sporting events might be exempted.”

“Tourism is Texas’ second-largest industry,” she also said. “Losses in this industry have real impacts on Texans, with ripple effects felt by small businesses, workers and local and state governments.”

Dustin Burrows, a rep. lawmaker, said: “It seems to me the state of California wants to weigh in and influence our legislation and our culture,” he said. “I think most Texans, including myself strongly reject that.”

James Frank, who authored “House Bill 3859,” also said: “Unfortunately, it seems that California has become like many college campuses across the country. They love a diversity of people, but not a diversity of opinion.”


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