Jan Brewer, the Governor of Arizona, has vetoed a controversial bill that could have led to American football’s NFL shifting the 2015 edition of Super Bowl from the US state.
Brewer had until Saturday to either sign or veto the bill, or else it would have automatically become law. The bill was sent from the Arizona state senate to Brewer on Monday. The 2015 Super Bowl was awarded to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale in October 2011 and the NFL’s showpiece event is due to take place on February 1 next year, and league spokesman Greg Aiello said yesterday (Wednesday) that the NFL was “following the issue.”
Brewer said that the bill could have had “unintended and negative consequences”. She claimed that the bill, which was supported by the local Republican party representatives did “not address a specific or present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona” and had “the potential to create more problems that it purports to solve”. Brewer, a Republican herself, added: “It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and nobody could ever want… I have not heard one example in Arizona where a business owner's religious liberty has been violated.”
Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee chief executive Jay Parry said that the organisation had lobbied Brewer's office to express its concern and disagreement over Senate Bill 1062. As reported in SportBusiness International yesterday, the NFL was coming under increasing pressure to move the Super Bowl, if the bill became law. According to the Sports Illustrated magazine, the NFL was beginning the process of identifying possible alternative venues for the Super Bowl.