NFL Tells Georgia Don’t Pass ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

GEORGIA – The NFL and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank have said they oppose Georgia’s so-called “religious freedom” bill which has been sent to the governor’s desk that protects opponents of same-sex marriage because of concerns it could lead to discrimination. Atlanta has launched bid to host the Super Bowl in 2019 and is a finalist for that year and for 2020. So make no mistake, this is about business first and foremost.

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It’s not necessarily a bad thing for the NFL to bring up this kind of issue, even if it is financially motivated. Though the world of sports should take a good look at its ratings when it’s tried this in the past. The implications of over-coverage of the Michael Sam story for ESPN were decidedly negative.

And furthermore, the NFL should move out of its glass house before it starts throwing bricks. How about taking a strong stand against domestic abuse? How about cracking down hard on some of its criminal players. Deal with the problem you have now before going on another political crusade.

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