Repeating history? Politics could cost Arizona the Super Bowl...again
Simone Del Rosario
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - All eyes around the country are on Arizona and the governor with regards to Senate Bill 1062, including the NFL.
Governor Jan Brewer must make a decision on the controversial bill by Saturday.
The bill would allow businesses to refuse service on the grounds of religious freedom. Those who pushed for the bill say it protects that religious freedom, but those against say it's flat-out discrimination.
Politics aside, the state's biggest concern could be the NFL possibly taking away next year's Super Bowl -- and the hundreds of millions of dollars that go with.
It wouldn't be the first time Arizona's politics got in the way of the big game.
In the early '90s theNFL was not bluffing. NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said, "Arizona can continue its political debate without the Super Bowl as a factor."
They moved Super Bowl XXVII, which was awarded to Tempe, to Pasadena, Calif.
Arizona missed out because the state as a whole failed to recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. day.
In 1990, Super Bowl site selection chairman Norman Braman said, "How could anybody in his right mind go to play there?"
But impeached governor Evan Mecham called it: "a shameful and disgusting attempt to blackmail this entire state."
Fast forward more than 20 years, it's a different governor in a similar situation.
The NFL says they are keeping a close watch on Arizona and the governor to see what happens next.
In an interview with CNN, Brewer says she will take all sides -- including economic impact -- into consideration.
"I have to look at what it says and what the law says and take that information and do the right thing. But I can assure you as always I will do the right thing for the state of Arizona."
Brewer has until Saturday to decide if she will sign it, veto it, or let it go into law on its own.