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Hang Time
By Steve Stockmar
Daily Courier sports editor Steve Stockmar gives you the cheat sheet for todays top sports stories.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Arizona will keep the Super Bowl, but that's the 2nd prize

By Steve Stockmar

Matt York/The Associated Press
Tom Cushing, a production expert at Fast Signs, cuts down a sheet of anti-Senate Bill 1062 signs that read "Open For Business To Everyone" Wednesday in Phoenix.

Remember the old days, when the most controversial part of a Super Bowl host city was whether or not snow would impact play in a cold-weather market? You know, 24 days ago?

Gov. Brewer made the only right choice for Arizona Senate Bill 1062 - one of the most divisive and downright idiotic pieces of would-be law in the 102-year history of the Arizona Legislature - when she vetoed the bill Wednesday evening.

Hours earlier, the NFL hinted publicly that it could move the 2015 Super Bowl from Glendale should the bill become law. If that had happened, that would have made Arizona the only site to have a Super Bowl yanked - twice! - for what the NFL perceived as detrimental examples of civil rights (see: Super Bowl XXVII & MLK holiday vote). That's a Super Bowl history of futility even the Buffalo Bills couldn't touch.

So, in the end, Arizona has its Super Bowl. Oh, the Legislature still has a few months to screw up again and hijack Arizona's economy, good name and efforts to champion liberty for all. I would expect the odds of them doing just that to be on Vegas' Super Bowl board by sometime tonight.

But keeping the Super Bowl in Arizona is hardly the prize in all this. The big game will stay, our state's economy won't take hits from businesses pulling business, and residents and tourists alike won't have to put up with segregated shops. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton summed it up best in a post-veto tweet: "Every person is welcome in Phoenix."

But keeping the Super Bowl in Arizona is big also. The 2008 Super Bowl in Glendale had an economic impact of $500 million, according to Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee CEO Jay Parry. Wednesday's veto keeps open the state's potential to host future big-business opportunities, in the sports world and beyond.

It's a win for equality, whether a football game is on the line or not.

But now that the game is here to stay, it wouldn't at all be a bad thing to see Michael Sam's future NFL team playing for the trophy under an Arizona sunset next February. That, too, would mean more than just a football game.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 06, 2014
Article comment by: aaron staff

Money talks.

Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Article comment by: so sad

So sad that Pierce, Tobin and Fain thought this law was ok . They thought it was OK to discriminate against anyone not just gays that bill was the most insane bill brought to the state. It showed the three do NOT work for people who voted for them in. When you work for special interest groups sad ideas and don't respect your voters then VOTE them out peace out.

Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Confused

Steve carefully did not call ultra conservative Christians idiotic...just the Bill they all supported.

Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Article comment by: Jack Jones

Before we dislocate our shoulder patting ourselves on the back for "The Veto" ~ and declaring, "It's a win for equality.....", we would be wise to acknowledge ~ as this article details ~ it was the potential negative economic impact that actually caused the Guv to "do the right thing". This in no way takes away from the magnificent effort of all those that rallied, demonstrated, wrote letters, sent e-mails to Brewer ~ and took a stand against this egregious and stupid discriminatory legislation. And, as a writer for a national magazine expressed it so well ~ the over-riding reason to assign SB1062 to the trash pile was, "if passed into law, it would be a distraction from those we have a long history of actually discriminating against!!"

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