Georgia anti-gay law could cost Atlanta a Super Bowl

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    Mar 20, 2016 12:44 AM GMT
    By Michael David Smith on March 19, 2016, 6:42 AM EDT, NBC Sports

    Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is in the process of deciding whether to sign a law that its supporters call a “religious liberty” bill but which opponents point out would legalize anti-gay discrimination in the state. The NFL is letting the governor know that if he signs the bill, it could jeopardize Atlanta’s chances of hosting the Super Bowl.

    Although Atlanta is widely expected to get the Super Bowl in either 2019 or 2020 after taxpayers agreed to finance the Falcons’ new stadium, the league released a statement on Friday saying it will review the law in conjunction with determining whether the Falcons get the game.

    “NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard,” the league’s statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said. “Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with these policies would be one of many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites.”

    Two years ago the governor of Arizona vetoed a similar bill because the NFL said the state could lose the Super Bowl.


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    Mar 20, 2016 8:09 PM GMT
    "Hmm. I'm too busy being homophobic, I'm forgetting about great football!"
    "...Guess I better stop being homophobic!"

    ...

    What a bunch of clowns.

  • Mar 21, 2016 2:16 AM GMT
    They ought' just have it here in New Orleans permanently. The game tickets themselves have just become so prohibitively expensive that the average fan has to save a pretty big chunk of his paycheck each month just to afford them. We're a city that knows how to party and, power outage or not, the people outside the Dome probably had a better time than the chumps inside waiting for the lights to come back on icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 21, 2016 10:38 AM GMT
    The game tickets themselves have just become so prohibitively expensive that the average fan has to save a pretty big chunk of his paycheck each month just to afford them



    Too bad the average fan votes for politicians that support policies that lead to the stagnation of wages and a widening gap between rich and poor. But you know, beer and Toby Keith, America is gonna kick some ass! I'm not voting for some pussy democrat, i am gonna vote for jesus!

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    Mar 21, 2016 5:47 PM GMT
    There are hundreds of sins in the bible. Why pick out the one that is mentioned the least in it and then create your religious liberty law around it? It just speaks to how hateful these people are.
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    Mar 21, 2016 6:25 PM GMT
    The issue here is not as much religion, but rather economics, the true religion in the United States. The SuperBowl depends upon money, not prayers. The NFL is concerned with advertiser dollars. And major corporations, with their multi-milliion dollar TV ads from which the NFL gets its share (other than Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby, and a few other exceptions), do not want to offend and lose the lucrative LGBT market.

    Lenin said the people vote with their feet. In the US they vote with their dollars. Corporate America has accepted that concept. Decisions like these can be understood in those terms.
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    Mar 22, 2016 1:38 PM GMT
    woodfordr saidThere are hundreds of sins in the bible. Why pick out the one that is ...
    so being gay is a sin after allicon_rolleyes.gif

    didnt know that till now
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    Mar 22, 2016 5:22 PM GMT
    For the Falcons, they've already taken an L with the league after "So, do you like men?"-gate, never mind the blowback from pumping crowd noise into the stadium when the opponents' offense was on the field. So HB 757 is just another big setback for their Let's Build a Huge Stadium With Public Money So We Can Host a Super Bowl the Public Can't Get Into Anyway plans.

    The Hawks (management, owner) and the Cobb Braves (coach) also have had their share of getting caught with their bigoted pants down in recent years, too, so they're tripping over each other to try and stop this train. They've got All-Star Games to vie for, too.

    Governor Deal (former Dixiecrat, switched to GOP in 1995) has been hearing from all sides of this measure. He noted his Biblical upbringing does not allow him to believe in "discrimination against anyone..."

    http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2016/03/03/nathan-deals-remarkably-forceful-opposition-to-georgia-religious-liberty-legislation/

    ...but now that the measure is passed, he's gone mum on whether he'll veto it (he has until sometime in May to do so). He's either biding his time until the bill gets rescinded, or until it gets watered down enough for his liking.

    I have more respect, though, for South Dakota's Republican governor, Dennis Daugaard. He's got some powerful industrial players in his ear, for sure, but nothing on the scale of Coke/Delta/UPS. And yet, he vetoed the ADF's anti-trans bill anyway, after taking a minute to hear from his citizens among the transgender community.

    Sometimes, if you have principles, you don't need to be egged on by pastors and big-money CEOs to provide them for you.
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    Mar 24, 2016 11:11 PM GMT
    thatotherotherguy saidThey ought' just have it here in New Orleans permanently. The game tickets themselves have just become so prohibitively expensive that the average fan has to save a pretty big chunk of his paycheck each month just to afford them. We're a city that knows how to party and, power outage or not, the people outside the Dome probably had a better time than the chumps inside waiting for the lights to come back on icon_lol.gif
    Well if you want New Orleans to permanently host the Super Bowl, than there needs to be a major overhaul of all of Louisiana's primitive, aging electric grid. Probably it is time to tell Entergy to get their act together or fire that utility company and find a utility company that is up to the crucial task of providing excellent electric power service with little or no interruptions. Otherwise New Orleans is going to be embarrassed again if Entergy cannot do their job right.