Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee: “We do not support this legislation”


The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee for Super Bowl XLIX is joining the growing list of businesses that are speaking out to urge Governor Brewer to veto the controversial SB 1062, the so-called religious freedom bill that just passed through the Arizona Senate.

Aside from legalizing the discrimination of same-sex couples and their families, SB 1062 would prevent Arizona from remaining competitive in the various markets. The boom to the local economy brought in by the Super Bowl is tremendous — and hateful legislation like SB 1062 is putting that revenue in jeopardy.

A huge consequence of passing SB 1062 is the potential to create another controversy regarding hosting the Super Bowl. Arizona is no stranger to the economic pressures of a boycott, and local businesses and lawmakers fear that if SB 1062 is not vetoed, Arizona’s host status of Super Bowl XLIX could be at risk. Arizona was previously scheduled to host the Super Bowl XXVII, and lost its bid to Pasadena after Governor Evan Mecham refused to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Arizona. Outraged community members organized a boycott of Super Bowl XXVII if it was to be hosted as planned in Tempe, and their pressure paid off — the location of the event was moved.

Since Super Bowl XLIX is scheduled to be hosted at the University of Phoenix Stadium, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is speaking out against SB 1062 and the negative impact the bill can have on the scheduled event.

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee issued the following statement regarding their position on SB 1062:

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.

Economic growth and diversity is important to Arizonans, and it is critical that Governor Brewer vetoes SB 1062. We need to protect all Arizonans, our local economy, and our national reputation. Hosting the Super Bowl is a national treasure, and Arizona should take pride in being selected as a host state.

Major businesses and employers are putting pressure on Governor Brewer to protect the Arizona economy and their employees. Titans like Apple, Marriott Hotels, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, American Airlines, and over 80 other major companies have issued a letter asking the Governor to do the right thing for Arizona and veto SB 1062.

We need to urge Governor Brewer to veto SB 1062 so our economy can benefit, and to protect LGBT Arizonans.

Take action now by calling Governor Brewer’s office and ask her to veto SB 1062.