Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bad Call, NFL Rejection of Vets' Ad Is Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bad Call, NFL Rejection of Vets' Ad Is Unsportsmanlike Conduct

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The NFL has rejected a print ad for its Super Bowl program sought by the American Veterans, or AMVETS. It shows a picture of an elderly gentleman, apparently a veteran, and includes the hashtag #PleaseStand.

The NFL's pronouncement: The ad was too political.

The Super Bowl, said the NFL, has "never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement."

That's a bit much. Hasn't the NFL already allowed politics, in the larger sense, to be present at the game? Is "please stand" more "political" than kneeling during the national anthem?

How about the 2017 Audi ad that asked the rhetorical question, "What do I tell my daughter? . That her grandpa is worth more than her grandma? That her dad is worth more than her mom? …

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