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The college athletics governing body may not have the leverage they expected.
There is a mounting controversy in college athletics as the National Collegiate Athletic Association has not only taken a stern position on allowing trans athletes to participate, it is making the bold statement that it intends to enforce punishments against states which may pass laws preventing such participation.
Florida, which is seen as the most likely to currently pass such a law, is not exactly cowering at the veiled threat. It is taking the fight to the NCAA with a new dose of legislation promising its own retribution should such an act play out. Should the NCAA decide to pull championship hosting rights or other events due to a law, then the Florida legislature will see fit to pull tax dollars from going to the organization, or any business entity boycotting the state over the law.
It has been one of the oddest socio-political fights in this country as people take up sides regarding trans athletes in organized sports. How the same groups who loudly tout fairness and equity on behalf of females also forward an agenda that would force biologically advantaged competitors onto female athletics is forever a mystery. To underscore how injurious this can be — and that it is not a bias against the trans athletes specifically — note how there is never an issue with a biological female transitioning to a male who is impacting male athletics.
As a number of states are undertaking legislation to offer support and/or protection to collegiate female athletics the NCAA has been making rumblings that it could take reflexive action against those states taking up any bills on the matter.