Effective July 28 police in Arizona are required to request an individual's registration documents when there is a reasonable suspicion that the individual could be in the country illegally. Failure to provide registration documents incurs arrest and a fine. DBSF recognizes the complexity of immigration reform, and that the issue becomes magnified in those states bordering Mexico. But, such legislation is based on fundamentally racist contexts. Regardless of debates that will ensue over the constitutionality of the law, or the Federal government's inefficacy in establishing comprehensive immigration reform, the fact remains that this policy will exclusively target persons of color.
Considering that major sports leagues are overwhelmingly non-white (approximately 82% of the athletes in the NBA, and 65% of the athletes in the NFL are persons of color), the sports leagues that benefit so greatly from these athletes' athletic prowess, and physical sacrifices should send a message to Arizona that they will oppose any state that so overtly discriminates on the basis of race. DBSF suggests that the major sports leagues should exclude all cities in Arizona (this will really only affect Phoenix) from hosting major exhibitions (i.e., the NBA All Star game), and championships (i.e., the Superbowl) as long as the policy is in effect. (All home games for existing Arizona teams would be allowed to be played in the state.)
With the Sunbelt getting hit particularly hard by the collapse of the housing market, the state could ill afford to lose out on the influx of tourism and out-of-state dollars associated with such major sporting events. Should the major sports leagues ignore the problem then they send a clear message to their players that the leagues are concerned about the athletes' well being on the field but, not off it.