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Texas Bowl Game Execs Deliberate Ramifications State Bathroom Bill Could Have

Cotton Bowl President & CEO Rick Baker is "watching with great interest the deliberations" in the Texas Legislature over the state's pending bathroom bill, but his anxiety "doesn’t raise to the level of concern that his bowl game could be stripped of its spot" in the CFP rotation, according to Kirk Bohls of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. If California "sticks to its guns and prohibits any of its state-school football teams" like UCLA, Cal and San Jose State from "traveling and competing in states that have adopted what they consider discriminatory legislation, it could affect the Alamo Bowl, which pits a Pac-12 team against a Big 12 competitor." Baker said, “We have seven bowl teams in Texas, so we have about 20 percent of all the bowls. I think the danger is such a law could adversely affect any and all of us.” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said, “We’re certainly watching it very carefully. I just don’t know if it makes any sense to get overly anxious about things we can’t control” (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 7/20).
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