Director Scott Brooks speaks with ABC 15 regarding Arizona's rocky history with MLK Day and the Super Bowl

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In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed into law a national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But when it went to the ballot, Arizonans said they still didn't want it.

"Now you get into the global issues around sports. The threat of boycott... in terms of athletes really feeling this wasn't a game that was safe for them, this wasn't a game they could get behind if it were here in Arizona," added GSI Director Scott Brooks.

Brooks, alongside ASU and OH Predictive Insights, recently conducted a national survey looking into how Americans perceive social justice issues and sports.

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