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Super Bowl Host Committee Warns Arizona Over Anti-Gay Bill: VIDEO


Delaware Governor Jack Markell spoke out about Arizona's anti-gay bill on Monday, saying that the Super Bowl needs to be moved if Brewer signs it:

"If they pass this law and if she signs it, it would seem to me that the NFL may be looking, or should be looking, to move the Super Bowl out of that state. Because, you know, there’s so many places around the country that are welcoming to everybody.”

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee released a statement opposing the legislation:

We share the NFL's core values which embrace tolerance, diversity, inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination. In addition, a key part of the mission for the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is to promote the economic vitality of Arizona. On that matter we have heard loud and clear from our various stakeholders that adoption of this legislation would not only run contrary to that goal but deal a significant blow to the state's economic growth potential. We do not support this legislation. Instead, we look forward to continuing to promote the NFL's values while focusing on the economic momentum apparent in Arizona and capturing the positive worldwide attention associated with hosting Super Bowl XLIX.

The Arizona Cardinals are calling for a veto and the NFL says it is monitoring the situation:

“Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement. “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.”

Watch Markell, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Money talks. If Brewer wants to shoot the Arizona economy in the back, this is what will happen. Let's face it, gay people's money is just as green as anyone else's, and that will prove to be the bottom line.

    Of course, "Christians" everywhere will whine about their religious freedom being under attack.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 25, 2014 9:02:42 AM

  2. The NCAA should also join the chorus and any national championship games or lesser bowl games that are held in AZ-either in Phoenix or Glendale need to be moved if Brewer signs this into law.

    Posted by: Nick | Feb 25, 2014 9:09:50 AM

  3. Hhhhmmmm. The "Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee" has more spine than the IOC. That's something, I suppose.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Feb 25, 2014 9:44:42 AM

  4. Exactly the right strategy: keep the focus on the pocketbooks (ooh, PRADA!) Republicans understand nothing other than money. If Arizona proceeds, the tourist money evaporates. What else do they otherwise have but picturesque rocks?

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Feb 25, 2014 9:49:34 AM

  5. The first shoe has dropped -- potential loss of the 2015 NFL Super Bowl (but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell needs to make a statement; looks like Delaware Governor Markell and the Arizona Cardinals have paved he way for Goodell to speak). If the second show drops -- the potential loss of the 2016 national NCAA college championship football game -- then Brewer will have no choice. She is not going to sign a bill that causes Arizona to lose the two biggest sports events in the US (and future sports events).

    If you want to help, call the NCAA (President Mark Emmert) and ask them to move the 2016 football championship out of Arizona: NCAA-->317- 917-6222

    Call the NFL (Commissioner Goodell's office) and ask them to move the 2015 Super Bowl out of Arizona: 212-450-2000

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Feb 25, 2014 9:52:22 AM

  6. First quite surprised that the Cardinals are speaking out. Then realized they are not of the Catholic kind.

    Posted by: simon | Feb 25, 2014 10:19:07 AM

  7. This woman does not like to be told what to do. I think there is still a possibility she will do something out of spite, even at the very least if it making a bigoted homophobic speech about the bill.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Feb 25, 2014 10:57:49 AM

  8. Repugs are always shooting themselves in the foot and just when its about to heal, they shoot themselves again.

    This bill may be targeting the lgbt community, but what these idiots lack to understand, is the larger populace out there who aren't gay, but have gay family members. With that said, we make a pretty powerful group of individuals across this country, who will not support states, business or anyone who proclaims to hate the lgbt community.

    We have a lot of money and we support business like Apple, American Airlines, IBM, etc. When these corporate giants are standing up for equality and you still don't get it, not only are you un-American, but as dumb as they come!

    Posted by: Gaiboi | Feb 25, 2014 11:00:27 AM

  9. Come on Brewer, sign it. Be the putz we know you to be.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Feb 25, 2014 11:10:18 AM

  10. This is what I thought woud happen...but even better because I didnt expect this from the Super Bowl committee. Jan Brewer you are shut down, c*nt. Economic disaster beyond your very imagination, hunty!

    Posted by: Jerry | Feb 25, 2014 11:14:27 AM

  11. Wow, the football power elite standing up for the gay community! We still have a long way to go, but what amazing progress.

    Posted by: DW | Feb 25, 2014 11:49:44 AM

  12. Between this and the GOP moron who called pregnant women "hosts," it looks like the GOP is ramping up for the general election early.

    I am constantly amazed how the GOP can kick themselves in the head, when their head is up their ass.

    Posted by: SteveDenver | Feb 25, 2014 11:52:16 AM

  13. Ronan Farrow is such a handsome guy. I love his show, too. It's not about him and his opinions, but about the issues.

    Posted by: SteveDenver | Feb 25, 2014 12:11:49 PM

  14. Hold the phone! Calling Governor Brewer a c*nt or any other ridiculous epithet is not going to help the cause. This is just grandstanding by ignorant politicians trying to show their constituents their version of morality. Lets hope for their sake she does the right thing. If not, let the results speak for themselves. Losing another Super Bowl and other high dollar events because of stupidity will make them laughing stocks for a long time.
    Sit back and let this play out, if anything, it's great drama.
    @Simon, that was funny.

    Posted by: parkrunner | Feb 25, 2014 1:37:37 PM

  15. MSNBC's getting desperate if this is a host.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 25, 2014 2:47:47 PM

  16. Parkrunner,

    Around my house, Governor Brewer is known as Governador Bruja, because of her anti-immigrant history.

    Posted by: Frank | Feb 25, 2014 2:53:22 PM

  17. Call Governor Jan Brewer and tell her to veto this bill.

    In Tucson, call:

    (520) 628-6580

    In Phoenix, call:

    (602) 542-4331

    Posted by: RonCharles | Feb 25, 2014 6:10:37 PM

  18. If I were her, I'd tell the media that I won't be cowed by economic threats and that, if anything, they would make me more likely to sign the bill.

    Posted by: TKinSC | Feb 25, 2014 7:40:18 PM

  19. If you were her, you'd be an idiot then, @TKINSC, unless your goal was to lose your state a lot of $$$$.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 25, 2014 7:54:28 PM

  20. The fact that she did not flat out say she will veto the bill is repugnant! There should be no hesitation she stands against discrimination no matter if money is involved or not.

    Posted by: Maggie Chevallier | Feb 25, 2014 9:43:23 PM

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