Keith Olbermann Demands NCAA And NFL Pull Out Of Indiana After Anti-Gay Law Passes


Keith Olbermann Demands NCAA And NFL Pull Out Of Indiana After Anti-Gay Law Passes

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On the day Republican Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed SB101 — the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — into law, ESPN host Keith Olbermann took to Twitter to call on both the NCAA and National Football League to no longer hold any events in the state. The new law has been highly criticized as giving businesses the right to discriminate against LGBT individuals and couples. While NCAA President Mark Emmert lambasted the law on Thursday and essentially threatened the state by implying that Indiana would no longer receive any NCAA-sanctioned events if the law stands, Olbermann wants the college sports association to go further and move next week’s Final Four out of Indianapolis.

 

 

In Olbermann’s mind, immediate actions that would create devastating economic impacts on the state are necessary in order to show conservative lawmakers that they made a huge misstep in creating legal discrimination. In reaction to the law’s enactment, tech company Salesforce stated it will no longer hold any events in the state. CEO Marc Benioff also called on other companies to follow his lead. Gen Con, a large gaming convention that has been held annually in Indianapolis for the past decade, let attendees know that once their contract with the city is up in 2020, it is likely they will move locations due to the law.

However, as noble as those efforts are, they wouldn’t have the sudden and swift effect that the loss of this year’s Final Four would cause. Olbermann wasn’t just focused on the Final Four moving. He also tweeted out that the NFL, which has a team in Indianapolis and holds its annual combine at Lucas Oil Field, should not allow games to be played in the state.

Beyond that, the former MSNBC political commentator made his feelings known regarding the law itself in a couple of other tweets.

 

Sadly, Olbermann’s show was postponed on Thursday, so we weren’t able to hear his thoughts on the air about the entire issue. One has to believe that he will devote quite a bit of time to the subject during his next broadcast.

25 Responses to "Keith Olbermann Demands NCAA And NFL Pull Out Of Indiana After Anti-Gay Law Passes"

  1. Alan Jenkins   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Jesus was Gay….

    • Dan   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      HOW is this SHIT Constitutional?
      This is a law BASED ON religion!
      NOW we ALL have to join Mike Pence’s God – rush limpballs & the Kochroaches religion of HATRED towards children, women, the elderly, retired people, the un-employed, RAPED people, veterans, the military, minorities, and the 95% of Americans?
      WHY do they ALWAYS use The Constitution Of The United States to ONLY wipe their asses with?
      Why does INDIANA hate AmeriCANs?
      Are vagina’s next on their agenda?

    • Dan   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      Alan- Mike Pence WON’T like to hear this! He MIGHT have a tantrum! Oh, well! Did Jesus CHOOSE to be GAY? If God made people in HIS(?) likeness, he he ALSO GAY?
      WHY, would God, who DID make GAYS, NOT accept them, like the republiCAN’T asshat CONS=CONServative GreedyOilPricks=GOP try to make people believe?
      WHAT religion is SUPPOSED to be the OFFICIAL religion of Indiana? And make law BASED on religion, is unconstitutional! But the asshat right-wingers have NEVER read this document, WHICH this country is founded on!

    • Dennis w fox   Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 10:09 am

      How would you know that? Were you there at the time? You shouldn’t make statements unless you verifiable proof.

  2. Mark   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Not sure why the writer has a bias against Olbermann when he says “However, as noble as those efforts are, they wouldn’t have the sudden and swift effect that the loss of this year’s Final Four would cause”.

    The writer seems very naive. Such a boycott is called for in order to draw attention to the matter and try to right a very terrible wrong. I don’t know why this writer is so ignorant of how this stuff works. Ever hear of Martin Luther King Jr? Selma? Greensboro? Were there idiots like this writer commenting back then that such actions (and individuals like King) might cause some loss of income for certain businesses should protests take place? Well I’m sure there were- after all people were far more racist back then.

    • Dan   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      Mark-
      Justin Baragona wrote Thursday, March 26th, 2015
      “In reaction to the law’s enactment, tech company Salesforce stated it will no longer hold any events in the state.
      CEO Marc Benioff also called on other companies to follow his lead.
      Gen Con, a large gaming convention that has been held annually in Indianapolis for the past decade, let attendees know that once their contract
      with the city is up in 2020, it is likely they will move locations due to the law.

      However, as noble as those efforts are, they wouldn’t have the sudden and swift effect that the loss of this
      year’s Final Four would cause.”
      per YOU- Mark- “Not sure why the writer has a bias against Olbermann when he says “However, as noble as those efforts are, they wouldn’t have the sudden and swift effect that the loss of this year’s Final Four would cause”.”
      Justin was stating the NCAA has an immediate effect! The others leaving not until 2020 WOULDN’T! YOU MISSED the point! He is NOT anti-Keith Olbermann! Reread it

      • Mark   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 4:23 pm

        Dan, the writer wrote:
        “In Olbermann’s mind, immediate actions that would create devastating economic impacts on the state are necessary in order to show conservative lawmakers that they made a huge misstep in creating legal discrimination.”

        It could be read as a critique of what Olbermann proposed. The writer is not clear that the “devastating” effect was meant as a descriptive term and a term meant to be critical of the NCAA moving. In the context of the paragraph, even with the reference to noble efforts, etc, it’s not clear if the writer is calling for a boycott or criticizing one! THAT was my point, which you missed.

  3. Tom Johnson   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Hear, hear. And anyone with a contract of any kind with Indiana, or companies that work or do business in Indiana, should examine their own policies of non-discrimination, and apply them to break the contract. This is advice coming from an ex-high level executive: if your contractor (a business, the state, a venue) is located where laws have been changed an no longer reflect your business polices, then you have ample grounds. This assumes you have non-discrimination policies in place that can be applied.

    • Dan   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Good comment Tom Johnson!
      FreddyKool, David & Adam ALSO!
      Agree 100%!

  4. FREDDYKOOL   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    RIGHT AS RAIN KEEP ON KEEPING ON KIETH BABY U R “KOOL”

  5. David   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I think the sponsors of the Indy 500 should pull their sponsorship. And maybe some of the races pull out to show their support. I mean Indiana doesn’t have much going for them, except for the Indy 500.

  6. Adam   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Comtact the Mayor of Dallas. He’s a champion of non discrimation. Move it to Dallas next week. North Texas has the know how, huge events experience & logistics to host anything & make it happen quickly.

    • Robert Montgomery   Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Better yet, move it to Houston as we have three time elected Gay Mayor!!! That would be great!

  7. John   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Erase INDIANA from all sports..

    • Dan   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      John – exactly!
      And do it NOW!
      THEY understand $!

  8. Rodney   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I believe the intent of the law is not to discriminate against gays as much as to prevent someone getting forced as a baker did in Colorado to perform a service (make a cake) for someone whose lifestyle went against their religious principles. Does someone have the right to refuse to perform a service for someone they don’t agree with? Does an atheist have the right to refuse to cater a catholic wedding? Does a Jewish Deli have the right to refuse to serve muslim women in Burkha’s? That is the question. The text of the law is here: http://iga.in.gov/static-documents/9/2/b/a/92bab197/SB0101.05.ENRS.pdf if you read it you will find it doesn’t have the word gay, homosexual or any such language.

    • Billy Grabarkowitz   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      You are such an ignorant Koch sucker. The law states that any business can refuse to do business with anyone based on their own religious beliefs. Since when is it OK to base law on religion? I seem to remember an olde document, I think it is called The Constitution of These United States. If my failing memory serves me correctly, it strictly prohibits a state religion – any fucking religion! Especially one that an ass wipe like you would subscribe to. Do you really think this is a law that your imaginary friend in the sky would support? Is your ego so big that you think you know what your make believe buddy wants. Remember, your fairy tale states that your god made man in his own image. Do you now say that your god did not make man or only made some men? Your hypocrisy confuses me. You can’t have it both ways. Keep sucking on Davey and Chuckies Koch, I sincerely hope you choke on it!

    • attorney5280   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 11:52 pm

      uhhhh Rodney. All the things you mentioned are illegal, and have been since the mid 60s.

  9. Me   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Seems to me if I’m a business owner and have the right to refuse service I also have the right to grant such service. Instead of being hateful and argumentative why doesn’t everyone think first before you speak. The law doesn’t outlaw anything so why is everyone upset. If you are a business that supports certain views or lifestyles then continue to do so at your own free will. This law cannot and does not aim to stop you.

  10. attorney5280   Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    They don’t have a right to refuse service to anyone if it’s based on a protected right like religion or race or veteran status. It’s against the law. You’re young and ignorant, correct?

  11. Frank Shooster   Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 8:40 am

    A repulsive state law that is partially unenforceable because of protected rights under Federal law makes it no less reprehensible. Besides, Federal anti-discrimination laws only apply to protected categories–gay isn’t among them–but neither is infidelity, tattoos, alcohol or cigarette breath, make-up, posting something on Facebook that offends your religion, a t-shirt that says “pro-choice”, wearing a military uniform, and on and on.

  12. John Belling   Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Don’t be dumb Keith. Good for Indiana! Way to take a stand for religious freedom. Here comes the crybaby liberals.

  13. Brinton Mike   Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Fine, leave Indiana to the Republicans.I have this visual of someone like Ted Cruz playing a line man.

  14. thomas dalton   Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    This governor says the law doesn’t mean what it says. I almost get dizzy listening to this guy trying to convince me that the law doesn’t mean what it actually states. I can’t believe how silly this governor really comes across when I’ve seen him address the cameras.