NFL roundup: Arizona keeps Super Bowl
Next year’s Super Bowl in Glendale was in jeopardy because of a bill in the Arizona legislature that would allow businesses to deny service to gay couples, but Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill on Wednesday.
The veto doused anxiety that had been growing daily for the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee.
According to ESPN.com, Host Committee CEO Jay Parry had said the organization went straight to Brewer’s office to express its concern and disagreement over Senate Bill 1062, which would have allowed Arizonans the ability to cite religious beliefs as a reason to deny services to anybody.
Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks had reported, citing a source close to the situation, that the NFL began taking steps toward moving the game in case the bill passed.
Tampa, Fla., finished as the runner-up in October 2011, when Glendale and the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals, was awarded its second Super Bowl.
The NFL moved a Super Bowl from Phoenix in 1993, to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., when Arizona government voted against recognizing Martin Luther King Day, in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, as a state holiday.
At this stage, 11 months before the game would be played, the plausibility of relocating the game is remote. However, the NFL is preparing for all possibilities.
Eagles lock up Peters, Cooper next?
After locking up All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters to a long-term deal, the Philadelphia Eagles reportedly are turning their attention to re-signing three other veterans.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that wide receiver Riley Cooper and center Jason Kelce were close to agreements on new deals with the Eagles.
According to the newspaper, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin also is expected to receive a new contract.
Peters signed a five-year contract worth at least $53 million.