Skip to comments.NFL could pull Super Bowl if Arizona religious rights bill passes
Posted on 02/25/2014 4:49:47 PM PST by yoe
Call it what you want -- anti-gay or religious rights -- but if Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs a controversial bill, you might not be calling Arizona the home of the 2015 Super Bowl.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, S.B. 1062, is the current controversy du jour out of Arizona, and the National Football League is with the opposition.
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 told USA Today. 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.
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Oh for the love of garbage.....when did the NFL become the champions of gay men? I thought they played football not some in-your-face sexual advocate. Frankly, Arizona is probably too good a State to put up with the likes of the trash talking NFL in the first place......With a Governor too strong to be threatened even by the POTUS!!!!!
The NFL and corporate America are becoming very politically correct. It will be interesting to see if catering to decadence is good for business or will hurt the bottom line.
It will always and forever be about money.
In which case, they should be in perfect agreement with the Arizona bill.
But of course, the reality is that they pay lip service to religious freedom while actively condemning even slightest practice of it.
How about spreading the word about not watching football for the 2014 season if they continue to be politically incorrect? We are talking a HUGE hit here if a season is boycotted.
On the other hand, watch more hockey. Players and people don’t whine about the fights that are ALLOWED in the game.
“The NFL and corporate America are becoming very politically correct. It will be interesting to see if catering to decadence is good for business or will hurt the bottom line.”
No one will ever take on the corporate/government complex. They are becoming one and the same. Both political parties are for sale to the highest bidder. It’s too bad the majority of the population is too busy collecting bennies to notice.
Effe the National Fag League,
Haven’t been an NFL fan in a long time. Three hours to watch maybe 18 minutes isn’t a very efficient use of time. But the Super Bowl game was usually an exception. Not this past game though. They took a stand against Daniel Defense’s advertisement, and that clearly told me where their priorities reside. I also don’t frequent businesses or restaurants that have certain political views.
Sadly, many conservatives will talk about a stand, but then make an exception for something like the super bowl. If all the conservatives would have tuned out this past year. A message might of been sent to the NFL. When principles are flexible, they really aren’t principles...
Forget any notion of 50 separate laboratories of "democracy" - you will think as you are told, or else.
****”when did the NFL become the champions of gay men?”****
I never liked football. How can anyone like a game in which a group of men bend over, allow one to walk up close behind, Then reach up and grab the bent over one’s ball and run!
This Arizonan sure wouldn’t miss the NFL & the Super Bowl. I do miss the time when football was played and marching bands killed time during half-time and I wasn’t asked to worship either Thugdom or Homosexual Activists.
I will definitely NOT be turning on cable tonight to watch the homosexualist RINOs at FNC cheer for a Brewer veto.
No... I will be firing up Netflix to watch me some Heisenberg...
Maybe theres some courage to be found at the state level.
I haven’t watched the NFL season for nearly 30 years. I sometimes watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, but that was even a bust this year.
Same tactics used against the Boy Scouts. That campaign began at the 2000 DNC when they boo’d the Scouts pledge of alligence. The left never gives up.
Homosexuals won’t be happy until the entire military, NFL, NBA, government, churches, restaurants, bakeries, florists, printers, TV shows are all run and staffed by homosexuals.
And people don’t think we need two separate countries.
So let me get this straight....the NFL, which is operating under an antitrust exemption, can threaten a sovereign state in order to influence its internal politics, and our politicians are OK with this? “Nice Superbowl you have there, too bad if anything were to happen to it” is OK?
I would sooner die than purchase anything that nets the NFL one red cent from now on. Screw ‘em.
NFL National Footsie League. Just more garbage from the so called football players association of America. So a state says no to gay rights and they want to pull the football away. Wait is not what Lucy does to Charlie Brown very time. So will the Arizona cardinals be banned as an NFL team?
Before people go blaming the NFL, remember, the league exists at the pleasure of the Feds who could bring antitrust charges against it at any time.
The fans be damned and the players as well. They do not care about the fans. They do not care about the players. They do not care about the game. They care about maximizing their wealth, and that alone drives them to their inane decisions.
I bet if the same bill banned Conservatives from establishments the media would be jumping for joy
Let's see. The states have amended the Constitution to expressly protect religious expression as evidenced by the 1st Amendment, and also voting rights on the basis of race, gender and age, evidenced by the 15th, 19th and 26th Amendments respectively. But the states have never amended the Constitution to protect so-called sexual orientation rights in any context. So the states are free to make laws which discriminate on the basis of such rights, as long as such laws don't also unreasonably abridge constitutionally enumerated rights.
Therefore, if the NFL is really concerned about protecting gay "rights" within the framework of the Constitution, then the NFL needs to do the following. The NFL needs to work with state and federal lawmakers to propose a gay rights amendment to the states for ratification. And if the Article V supermajority of states choose to ratify such an amendment, and I don't think that's likely, then gay rights will be constitutionally protected and the NFL will be a hero.
On the other hand, Christians need to be careful not to be a stumbling block for people who are struggling with same-sex temptation, but who would nonetheless be receptive to the good news of Jesus. (Are you listening Westboro Baptist Church?) In fact, Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 that certain members of that Church had formerly been involved in same-sex sexual relationships, but had evidently repented and accepted God's grace to turn their lives around.
Great idea.... make the NFL “man-up’ .... push those silly politicians around... what an opportunity to yank their tax-exempt status...
you gonna put money before what’s right? other people’s warped opinions? what the world thinks of the latest celebrity cause?
apparently jan will.
NFL? whazzat? I am, as of today boycotting these bullies. BTW - can you recommend “ House of Cards” on Netflix? I abandoned cable recently for AppleTV - people have been telling me that HOC is exceptional
Fine! Then AZ should sue the NF-frickin-L for every cent that have—breach of contract.
If they want to be political the NFL and all other sports has to pay taxes.
If religious institutions have to pay if political these over sized numb-skulls have to pay taxes.
A lot of people all together don’t make as much as the teams and league, they have been getting away cheap.
yes! - because that would be " social justice" /s
Get rid of the NFL (keep the cheerleaders, though).
They’ve basically ruined the sport, anyway.
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Importantly, the homosexual lobby is truly scared of this Arizona law. I suspect if she does sign it, there are going to be clones of it popping up in other states, and quickly.
So it might not matter if it is overturned by a limp wristed federal judge. The more states that sign on, the more it breaks their momentum.
You know you are doing something right, when the left freaks out about it.
I think I’m going to pull the Pussy Football League.
I have had enough of this crap.
It’ll be good for business because the customer base is shifting towards “debauched parasite”...
New reporter: “Now what do I write?”
Editor: “Did you finish story #5?”
New reporter: “Yes, I got quotes from Republican ‘moderates’.”
Editor: “Then do story #6 and ask the NFL if they’d pull the Superbowl. Were you drunk and stoned the whole semester J schoool was teaching how to use the DNC press guide? I can’t believe what passes J school these days. How can ayone who can’t follow the DNC Guide call themselves a journalist?”
New reporter: “Yes, Chief.”
Editor: “And don’t call me Chief!”
It could just be a judged competition consisting of the best fruity gyrating celebration dance or self-congratulatory chest pounding display. It would definitely fit with the new direction the NFL wants to explore with the upmost inclusivity.
Let them. Who needs the crummy NFL Superbowl? All the economic analysis has shown that it COSTS more than any city or state ever profits. Better to just have a few pro teams and a good college team or two.
Arizona will survive nicely without it
If AZ passes this and the NFL contests, and even if it doesn’t, I am vacationing in AZ next Super Bowl season, and bringing my family. Any ideas for a one-week blowout vacation? I have only ever been to Wilcox. (small plane refuel.)
I gave up in the early 80s or so.
I’d compare it to Dallas just with corrupt politicians instead of corrupt oil barons.
It’s good but doesn’t compare to the saga of Heisenburg.
I would also warn you that it has a rather hard edge as far sexual explicitness.
Spacey does do a good job.
It is said that failure to recognize MLK Day as a state holiday was the sole and only reason Phoenix was not awarded the Winter Olympics.
The NFL fan base is the largest in pro US sports by far. They have gamblers, the fantasy guys, the fans who like the glitziness and popularity and the shrinking number of fans who actually like the game itself, but maybe not the direction it has taken in the last decade or so. It kind of makes sense when you think about it. Nothing is going to happen to the NFL, it’s bulletproof in large part by the nature of the fan base. It drives sports media by far in the US, which looking at the product isn’t that surprising when you look around at the state of things.
Rush was right today about the left wing attempt to takeover the NFL. I’m getting pretty fed up with the NFL. It doesn’t help that my Raiders have sucked for the last decade.
The NFL does not have an antitrust exemption. Only Major League Baseball has one.
The rest of your comment is wonderful.
It is about money! The NFL would likely sid with terrorists if that is where the money was.
F*** the NFL.
I will not support the wretched excess of this big -business-masquerading-as-sport any longer.
And Roger Goodell can just kiss my rosy red All-American a$$