SB 1062 Creating Concern From Cardinals, NFL


Feb 1, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Arizona governor Jan Brewer poses at the Super Bowl XLVIII handoff ceremony to the Arizona host committee at Super Bowl Boulevard on Broadway. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

I tend to try to stay away from politics for the most part here, however with the Arizona legislature passing a controversial bill which would allow discrimination against gays under the guise of “religious freedom”, this has caused concern from the NFL and the Arizona Cardinals.  As we all know, Arizona hosts the 2015 Super Bowl.

The NFL has said it is “monitoring the situation”.  The Cards and the Super Bowl Host Committee have both come out against it.  Me personally?  I’m against it to but not just because it could possibly mean that Arizona loses the Super Bowl but for all the ramifications the bill would bring.  Ultimately Arizona will lose not only the NFL’s business but other business as well.

Although the concern is there, there is also high hope that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will veto this legislation on Thursday or Friday after meeting with community leaders, advisors, and legislators on Wednesday.  Regardless of what the intent of the bill was, unfortunately it has cast a dark cloud over the state.  If the governor signs the bill, prepare for the Super Bowl to pull out and it will only get worse from there.  My feeling is though by Friday this will all be over and we will have averted not only a football crisis in Arizona but a economic one as well.