On Wednesday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a proposed bill that would have allowed refusing service to gays based on religious reasons. What does this have to do with the Super Bowl?
Next year’s NFL title game is scheduled to be held in Glendale, Ariz. at University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Cardinals. Earlier this week, the NFL stated it was “following the issue” and is against the law, while the Super Bowl host committee said, “We do not support this legislation.” If the bill wasn’t vetoed on Wednesday, there were worries that other big sporting events like the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four may not want to come to Arizona. Also, it was reported by the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Tuesday the league was considering moving the Pro Bowl to Arizona in 2015.
The NFL has already pulled the Super Bowl from the state of Arizona. In 1993, the game was taken away from the state because of its refusal to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a holiday.
MLB also released a statement on Wednesday that criticized the bill. The baseball commissioner’s office said “as the sport of Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball and its 30 clubs stand united behind the principles of respect, inclusion and acceptance.” The statement would go on to say it welcomes individuals of “different sexual orientations, races, religions, genders and national origins,” and that the league “has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation.”
For now, it appears there will be no change in venue and Glendale will remain the home of the Super Bowl in 2015.