SB1062 update: NFL looking at moving Super Bowl from Arizona if 'Religious Freedom' bill passes

PHOENIX - Even though it appears Gov. Jan Brewer will veto Senate Bill 1062, on Wednesday morning the NFL started looking at the steps that would be needed to move next year’s Super Bowl out of Arizona, according to a report in Sports Illustrated .

If the proposal becomes law, the Tampa Bay area would most likely be the NFL’s first option as it was the runner-up in the bidding done in October 2011.

Next season’s Super Bowl is scheduled to be played in Glendale at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Brewer has until the end of the day Saturday to veto the bill, sign it into law or let it become law by doing nothing.

Sports Illustrated reports that the NFL moved the 1993 Super Bowl from the Phoenix area to Pasadena, California when Arizona voted down an effort to establish a day to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the fall of 1990.

After the measure passed in 1992, the NFL awarded the 1996 Super Bowl to Tempe’s Sun Devil Stadium.

The NFL has not taken a public stance for or against SB1062 other than issuing a statement this week that its own polices “emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness…”

The estimated economic impact to the Valley when the Super Bowl was played here in 2008 was more than $500 million, according to the article.

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has come out against the so-called “Religious Freedom” bill.

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