I've been talking about it a lot with some of my friends in the business the past couple of days.
First, sports was not the sole purpose of the executive order, which was titled, "The Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation."
But there's a really interesting Wall Street Journal op-ed out recently that point out the sports-specific angles that could be in play because of the order. Some questions are directly pulled from the language of the order. Others questions raised are based on what might happen depending on how the order is interpreted and enforced.
Essentially, the sports conversation revolves around if schools that receive federal funding are going to be asked to drop any and all gender barriers for boys and girls sports.
It's a very complicated topic that, unfortunately, too often gets presented in good-bad simplicity.
I'm reading more about it and hope to become more educated because it's a topic I think we will all be writing more about in the near future.
But today, where I think I stand is this.
There are SO many areas in which gender does not matter and should not be a defining characteristic, but sports, at least most sports, is one of those areas where that approach does not really work.
If we as a country have decided that gender is not an appropriate way to define someone in terms of sports, then I don't know how gender-specific sports are going to hold up long-term.
Maybe the best answer is having teams and the best athlete wins the spot no matter what, but that would seem to be moving in the opposite direction of the strides that have been made in women's sports over the years.