Several Texas civil rights activists want the NFL to reject Houston's bid for the 1995 Super Bowl unless Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is recognized as a state holiday.

League spokesmen said team owners will be aware of the status of Texas' King holiday, but there is no prerequisite that a state recognize the slain civil rights leader."Nationwide, the Martin Luther King holiday is not a criterion in evaluating Super Bowl bids," league spokesman Greg Aiello said in New York. "We have no reaction in Texas to this. We have no comment on it."

North Dakota Gov. George Sinner is expected to sign a bill Thursday creating a state holiday there, leaving only Arizona and New Hampshire without a King holiday.