As we covered here earlier, yesterday, Florida Governor Ron De Santis made a high-profile public event out of his signing into Florida law a prohibition on biological males competing as transgender females in school sports in Florida. In his public comments, De Santis called out the NCAA and business groups who had urged him to not sign the legislation.
“You can’t be cowed by these organizations, or particularly by woke corporations from doing the right thing. And so my view was throughout this whole time, we have to protect our girls, it is discriminatory to force them to compete against biological males,” DeSantis continued. “And so if the price of having a tournament is that I have to deny equal opportunity to hundreds of thousands of young girl and women athletes throughout Florida, I am much more willing to stand with the girls. And to hell with these events.”
But the reality was that De Santis had almost no exposure on this issue and the NCAA had already folded its hand by showing it was bluffing. It threatened smaller states like Idaho and South Dakota that it would not hold NCAA Championship events in their states if they passed legislation that protected young girls from having to compete against young boys who wanted to play as girls. But the NCAA knew that, in the final analysis, the forces aligned against its policy would force it to capitulate.
When I first wrote on this topic back on March 21, I said the way to beat the NCAA was to create an environment where the NCAA feared that a group of powerful and important states — especially powerful and important in the NCAA — would constitute a real threat to leave the NCAA and form their own association for intercollegiate athletic competitions.
The path to bending the NCAA to the will of the Red States — or to at least neutralize it as an advocate for left-wing social justice causes that spring forth from college campuses — is to threaten that revenue stream.
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