The National Football League, who has been under fire all year long, recently rejected a Super Bowl ad proposed by the Americans Veterans organization (AMVETS).
The ad was asking people to #PleaseStand during the national anthem, but it was deemed “inappropriate” due to the political nature of the message. AMVETS took the time to send a letter to the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, which stated that the NHL and NBA let their ads run without any issue.
The AMVETS National Commander went as far as to call it “corporate censorship” by the NFL. He, and many others, believe that this is directly denying the first amendment rights that these same veterans fought to protect.
Marion Polk, National Commander of AMVETS wrote to Goodell saying, “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 NFL spokesman, Brian McCarthy said to USA Today, “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.”
McCarthy also went on to say that they recently approved an ad by the Veterans of Foreign Wars that read “We stand for veterans.”