KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City will host the Sweet 16 basketball tournament next March, but future hosting opportunities could disappear if lawmakers pass a controversial bill.
The Kansas City Sports Commission plans to go to Jefferson City Tuesday to speak to lawmakers against this bill because Kansas City could also lose out on concerts and other events if the bill is passed, which would cost the local economy tens of millions of dollars.
The name of the bill is SJR39, and the State Senate already passed it. The bill would allow Missouri business owners who disapprove of the LGBT community to refuse services for same-sex weddings on the grounds of religious freedom.
Other states that have passed similar bills are already seeing the economic and political fallout, such as North Carolina. Bruce Springsteen, who played the Sprint Center last week, canceled his show in Greensboro after the state passed a bill forcing transgender people to use the bathroom based on their gender at birth.
Singer Bryan Adams canceled his concert in Mississippi because the state just passed a law allowing businesses to refuse service to the LGBT community without consequence.
Many celebrities are also speaking out against these bills, and many businesses are threatening to leave these two states.
The NCAA made it clear that Missouri stands to lose out on future hosting opportunities if the bill is passed., which the Sports Commission says would cost us around $50-million in lost revenue every year.
And the NFL has indicated it will not allow any state that discriminates against the LGBT community to host a Super Bowl. Chiefs owner Clark Hunt has been trying to bring a Super Bowl to Kansas City for years.
The House has yet to vote on this bill but if they pass it, it would then go to a statewide vote this November.