Texas Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring National Anthem Be Played By Pro Sports Teams

Texas lawmakers passed a bill this week that will penalize pro sports teams if they don’t play the national anthem before games.

Teams that don’t comply could lose their state and local subsidies or be barred from entering into future contracts with the state.

The measure dubbed the “Star-Spangled Banner Protection Act” was first introduced in February after the Dallas Mavericks briefly stopped playing the national anthem before their home games.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot is expected to sign the bill into law.

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