Election Notes Arizona: The Cost of Snubbing King

The Cost of Snubbing King

What price bigotry? Arizona voters discovered that their rejection of two / proposals to create a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday could cost the state $350 million in lost revenue from the 1993 football Super Bowl and the N.B.A. All- Star game, and millions more from other canceled sporting events and conventions. Shortly after the results were known, N.F.L. commissioner Paul Tagliabue recommended moving the game elsewhere. About 60% of the league's players are black.

The promoters of the holiday apparently were caught by surprise. They had hoped to remove Arizona from the list of three states (the others are New...

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