As you may or may not have heard by now, the NFL has refused to run a Super Bowl ad by veterans group, AMVETS on the grounds that politics has no place in the Super Bowl.
While the NFL approved an ad for its 2018 official Super Bowl LII program purchased by the Veterans of Foreign Wars which reads, “We Stand For Veterans,” it rejected AMVETS full-page ad which displayed soldiers holding the flag and containing the words, “Please stand.”
ESPN is reporting that the NFL asked AMVETS to change the language of the ad to something more appeasing such as, “Please Honor our Veterans” or “Please Stand for our Veterans.” However, the NFL and AMVETS could not come to a meeting of the minds.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy informed ESPN that “the NFL game program has ‘never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.”
For eight years, Barack and Michelle Obama’s Super Bowl dog and pony show interrupted the enjoyment of Super Bowl half-time for millions of viewers with their online presence.
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AMVETS is outraged and has accused the NFL of refusing its right to free speech.
— Marion Polk (@AMVETSNatlCmdr) January 22, 2018
According to a press statement released by AMVETS (excerpt below):
In a January 22 letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, AMVETS National Commander Marion Polk wrote, “freedom of speech works both ways. We respect the rights of those who choose to protest, as these rights are precisely what our members have fought — and in many cases died — for. But imposing corporate censorship to deny that same right to those veterans who have secured it for us all is reprehensible and totally beyond the pale.”
The same ad was accepted by both the NHL and NBA and is slated to run in the official programs for each organization’s all-star games….
NOTE: While the NFL was rejecting the AMVETS ad, they announced plans to shove social justice down the throats of football fans (my emphasis) during this year’s Super Bowl by introducing and publicizing it’s “Let’s Listen Together” initiative not to be confused with Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move.” See: AMVETS Ad Rejected. NFL to Introduce Social Justice Initiative during Super Bowl 2018.