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Potential state amendment may damper future national sporting events in St. Louis

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The Scottrade Center hosts many of the events that would be in question. (Credit: KMOV) The Scottrade Center hosts many of the events that would be in question. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A proposed amendment to the state constitution could cost the city millions of dollars in revenue.

An amendment in the Missouri State Capitol may have implications on the future of national sporting events such as the NCAA Basketball Tournament, and whether they come to St. Louis.

The Missouri Senate voted to amend the state constitution last week, to allow individuals to decline wedding related services to same sex couples.  That possibility has now gotten the attention of the NCAA and the SEC, which could choose to cancel events in St. Louis, or refuse to schedule any in the future. 

"The financial ramifications are millions and millions and millions and millions. One event for us is $10-$15 million,” Frank Viverito, St. Louis Sports Commission, said. “I don't know that I want to even do the multiplication, but it's very significant."

St. Louis is hosting NCAA Tournament games Friday and Sunday, and are scheduled to host the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament in 2018.  The SEC released a statement from Commissioner Greg Sankey, which said:

"We are attentive to this legislative matter as we continue our policy of considering numerous factors in determining sites for our championship events."

"It's pretty well publicized how significant this legislation could have on sports business and other business in the state. So we're concerned,” Viverito said.

The proposed amendment now goes to Missouri house. If approved there, it would go to a public vote later in in 2016.

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