The National Football League decided to deny the request for an advertising slot during the Super Bowl to the American Veterans or AMVETS association. The veteran’s organization created and submitted a short one page ad to the Super Bowl programming that simply states “Please Stand” with the American flag in the background, which again the NFL programming denied.
Brian McCarthy, a spokesman for the NFL gave reasoning behind the denial of the advertisement.
“The Super Bowl game program is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl.”
“It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement. The NFL has long supported the military and veterans and will again salute our service members in the Super Bowl with memorable on-field moments that will be televised as part of the game.”
— Marion Polk (@AMVETSNatlCmdr) January 22, 2018
Joe Chenelly, who is the executive director for AMVETS believes the organizations right of free speech is being infringed upon by the NFL and defended their reasoning behind the ad to be exercising the “rights of free speech just like the players who decided to take a knee in protest during this year’s season.”
I guess the Super Bowl game programming and specifically the NFL believes by asking people to stand for our flag during our nation’s anthem, is making a political statement or part of some far fetched agenda. During this 2017-2018 NFL season viewership rating has plummeted to record lows, plagued by national anthem protests and other blatant signs of disrespect to our nation’s military. The NFL didn’t just see the viewership ratings drop but owners also saw fewer people attending the games due to the protests.
The NFL and its owners have consciously turned their back on our military family, instead the NFL has made the decision to show support to those who have disrespected our country’s flag and the people that fight and die to protect our freedoms.
National Commander Marion Polk wrote a letter to the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, within the letter Polk defends AMVETS notion of freedom of speech during the ad.
“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 NFL reported they have tried to contact the AMVETS organization, to try and find a solution to the problem by re-wording their advertisement to say “Please Stand for our Veterans.” Brian McCarthy, NFL spokesman said “We looked to work with the organization and asked it to consider other options such as ‘Please Honor our Veterans. They chose not to and we asked it to consider using ‘Please Stand for Our Veterans.’ Production was delayed as we awaited an answer.”
It is evident that the NFL has digressed with our military and service family, Marion Polk had this to say in his letter to Rodger Goodell.
“Veterans are good for more than just military aircraft flyovers, photo opportunities during halftime, or props to sell camouflage-style NFL apparel; although, the NFL’s stance on not allowing the veterans’ unfiltered voice to be heard says otherwise.”
The only way to stand up to the NFL and their newly adopted thinking is to hurt them in their pockets. The NFL wholeheartedly is about their bottom line, 100% of the time and that will never change.
I never thought I would say this but is it time to boycott the Super Bowl?