Super Bowl in Arizona gets relief after veto

Game could have been moved from Glendale

By The Sports Xchange
POSTED: 08:01 PM MST Feb 26, 2014    UPDATED: 09:01 AM MST Feb 27, 2014 
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Next year's Super Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., was in jeopardy because of a bill in the Arizona legislature that would allow businesses to deny service to gay couples, but Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill on Wednesday.

The veto doused anxiety that had been growing daily for the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee.

According to ESPN.com, Host Committee CEO Jay Parry had said the organization went straight to Brewer's office to express its concern and disagreement over Senate Bill 1062, which would have allowed Arizonans the ability to cite religious beliefs as a reason to deny services to anybody.

"It could divide Arizona in ways we can not even imagine, and no one would ever want," Brewer said in a statement.

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks had reported, citing a source close to the situation, that the NFL began taking steps toward moving the game in case the bill passed.

Tampa, Fla., finished as the runner-up in October 2011, when Glendale and the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals, was awarded its second Super Bowl.

The NFL moved a Super Bowl from Phoenix in 1993, to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., when Arizona government voted against recognizing Martin Luther King Day, in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, as a state holiday.

At this stage, 11 months before the game would be played, the plausibility of relocating the game is remote. However, the NFL is preparing for all possibilities.