Arizona governor vetoes bill

Updated: February 27, 2014, 6:30 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced Wednesday she had vetoed a controversial religious-freedoms bill that was sent to her desk by the state's legislature, dousing anxiety that had been growing daily for the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee.

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.

Brewer had until Saturday to either sign or veto the bill, or else it would automatically become law.

"We are looking for the governor to veto," Parry told ESPN.com earlier in the day. "We have confidence in the governor representing our state. We've shared our concerns with the governor's office directly. So, we just wait and see."

The bill was sent from the Arizona state senate to Brewer on Monday, making Wednesday the second day of inaction. She had three more days to make a decision.

On Wednesday afternoon, Sports Illustrated published a story on its website citing NFL sources that said the NFL was beginning the process of potentially relocating next year's Super Bowl from Glendale, Ariz., in the event SB 1062 was passed.

Parry said she was not aware of the report. The 2008 Super Bowl in Glendale had an economic impact of about $500 million, Parry has said.

Information from ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss was used in this report.

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