Report: NFL Won’t Rule Out Super Bowl Relocation
Per a report from ProFootballTalk.com, via a report obtained by the NFL Network’s Albert Breer, the NFL will not rule out relocating the Super Bowl XLIX out of Arizona if the state passes a controversial law that would allow businesses to refuse to service gay customers. Though the league declined to specify if an alternate site had been identified, the league is taking the potential implications of the law seriously.
In a statement given to Breer, the NFL said:
Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard.We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law, but will decline further comment at this time.
The league is not the first business that has expressed worry about the law; countless native Arizona business as well as nationally recognized brands such as Apple have voiced their disapproval. The league would require 24 of the 32 owners to approve a move, and in a league that is wholly driven by the bottom dollar, a move would be costly for the NFL to execute. Last month, Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill told ESPN he was unhappy about the host city of Glendale’s willingness to embrace its role as host, including firm fixed price hotel accommodations.