Super Bowl XLIV is scheduled to be played in Arizona (Glendale, to be exact) come 2015.
That’s nothing more than a tentative date at this point though as according to the Washington Examiner, the NFL is currently watching to see what happens in regards to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, S.B. 1062.
“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.”
The act would allow local businesses to refuse business to any patrons they feel interfere with their religious beliefs.
The bill has not been passed into law as of right now (and is meeting understandable opposition) but the NFL will understandably not be happy playing their big game in a state supporting such rights given they stress equality in their mission statement.