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Tebow says Super Bowl ad cost him endorsement deals

Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow says his decision to appear in a Super Bowl commercial for Focus on the Family cost him opportunities to appear in other commercials.

Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post reports that Tebow said during a speech in Nashville that multiple companies told him he couldn’t represent their products if he appeared in the Focus on the Family ad.

Tebow didn’t name the companies and said he didn’t regret his decision to appear in the ad.

Whatever deals he may have lost, Tebow won’t be hurting for endorsement money. He’s already inked deals with Nike and EA Sports, and he has an arrangement with a Florida autograph company that sells his signature for $160 a pop.

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22 Responses to “Tebow says Super Bowl ad cost him endorsement deals”
  1. robert ethan says: Apr 18, 2010 3:36 PM

    Florida autograph company known as “The Hand of God”.

  2. Mr. Irrelevant says: Apr 18, 2010 3:36 PM

    OH BOO HOO.
    Aren’t you supposed to be a good Christian and not be consumed by material goods and money?

  3. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 18, 2010 3:36 PM

    Whether the message you’re trying to berate people with is right or wrong, it’s going to turn off at least half the population. Keep your opinions on such matters to yourself and it won’t be a problem dummy.

  4. bgs1372 says: Apr 18, 2010 3:41 PM

    I don’t know why people will pay $160 for his autograph, In a few years it will be worth nothing.

  5. Buck Stallion says: Apr 18, 2010 3:42 PM

    I don’t believe in his religion, but from everything I’ve seen so far, I believe the guy to be genuine.
    I respect him for standing up for what he believes.

  6. sniperhare says: Apr 18, 2010 3:42 PM

    They shouldn’t have pulled any ads for that SB one. It was nothing controversial and frankly a little lame.

  7. pramis123 says: Apr 18, 2010 3:44 PM

    Anyone who would have a problem with that ad really has a problem, as once I saw it, thought it was totally non controversial.

  8. realitypolice says: Apr 18, 2010 3:45 PM

    Ummm……….yeah. I think just about everyone in the world predicted that.
    Do you know Michael Jordan’s position on abortion? Nope- and you never will because MJ is smart enough to know that more controversy means less dollars.
    I think it hilarious that MDS points to the fact that he gets $160 per autograph as a reason he doesn’t have to worry about money.
    #1- You gotta sell an assload full of autographs to make up for millions of lost endorsement dollars.
    #2- He is going to have a pretty small window to sign that assload of autographs, because two years from now, his autograph won’t be $1.60.
    I would love to know the details of the Nike and EA sports deals. Those are two smart companies, so I am sure they have minimal value up front with total compensation based upon how big a star he becomes.
    Which means he won’t be getting super rich from those either.

  9. MiamiInItaly says: Apr 18, 2010 3:45 PM

    It will all go away when they realize he can’t play QB in the NFL

  10. snnyjcbs says: Apr 18, 2010 3:54 PM

    Live and let live and that goes for both sides. Best to keep your nose in your own little pathetic lives and stop trying to shove what you think is right or wrong down other peoples throats.

  11. WellDisciplinedVC says: Apr 18, 2010 3:56 PM

    Tebow is only doing what all Christians are SUPPOSED to do. Stand up and proclaim the Gospel to ALL the world. Good for him.

  12. jimmy_b says: Apr 18, 2010 4:03 PM

    Tebow is not a very good business person. He probably made little doing the Focus on Family ad; and lost out on millions in other opportunities.

  13. bigz says: Apr 18, 2010 4:10 PM

    All you loons that continue to bash Tebow because of his Christian beliefs – get a life and quit being shallow- I was under the impression this was a sports blog and not faith hate bashing idealogs venue. Please go to MSNBC for that kind of relief- otherwise let’s be civil and unbiased.

  14. devomania says: Apr 18, 2010 4:11 PM

    “Tebow didn’t name the companies and said he didn’t regret his decision to appear in the ad.”
    Then why even bring it up? The lure of martyrdom too strong to resist?

  15. Legend says: Apr 18, 2010 4:12 PM

    Mr. Irrelevant – your comment ignores the fact that the story shows he did just that; “multiple companies told him he couldn’t represent their products if he appeared in the Focus on the Family ad.” Your point is rendered “irrelevant.”
    GoBrowns19 – if Tim Tebow should keep his opinions to himself, why do you not feel you should do the same? Why is it important for you to express your view, but it’s important for him not to? Did you think about what you were saying before you posted it?

  16. it's all bs says: Apr 18, 2010 4:14 PM

    yea you big dummy you see “free speech” is not always free and if he really isn’t in it for the money then what’s the big freaking deal anyway and so STFU already!

  17. realitypolice says: Apr 18, 2010 4:16 PM

    pramis123 says:
    April 18, 2010 3:44 PM
    Anyone who would have a problem with that ad really has a problem, as once I saw it, thought it was totally non controversial.
    =======================
    You miss the point- whether the ad itself was controversial or not, people want their superstars to be seen and not heard when it comes to their positions on social issues.
    Gobrowns19 said it well- no matter what your opinion is, it is going to piss half of the people off. So keep it quiet, earn your money, and when you retire you can spout off about anything you want.
    Or choose to be vocal about your beliefs, and forfeit the big ad dollars. Your choice- but you can’t have it both ways.

  18. Zinn says: Apr 18, 2010 4:17 PM

    I respect his decision to advocate for his beliefs rather than sell his opinion to the highest bidder. That being said once he has stated his thoughts it becomes clear that he is about as bright as the average Tea Bagger, not very bright. But then again he is a football player and he does not need to use his head for thinking.
    Good luck to him.

  19. TFBuckFutter says: Apr 18, 2010 4:19 PM

    Weird that companies wouldn’t want a guy who endorses an organization that recommends men showering with their sons to “show them who is boss” endorsing their products.

  20. brasho says: Apr 18, 2010 4:19 PM

    Mr. Irrelevant says:
    April 18, 2010 3:36 PM
    OH BOO HOO.
    Aren’t you supposed to be a good Christian and not be consumed by material goods and money?
    _________________________________
    “Tebow didn’t name the companies and said he didn’t regret his decision to appear in the ad.”
    Learn to read, moron!
    realitypolice says:
    April 18, 2010 3:45 PM
    Do you know Michael Jordan’s position on abortion? Nope- and you never will because MJ is smart enough to know that more controversy means less dollars.
    _________________________________
    Maybe it’s relevant, ass-clown, because according to the commercials, Tebow’s parents were told he would be born with severe problems and probably should be aborted.
    Here’s the thing, I’m not a Tebow-fan, nor am I pro life, those with intelligence have to admit, Tebow is indebted to being a pro life guy because his parents were advised to abort him…. and I’m pretty sure Tebow’s thankful they didn’t.

  21. B Atkins says: Apr 18, 2010 4:26 PM

    Why be a schill for a POS organization? I wish he would identify them… just so that I wouldn’t knowingly spend a dime on their products.
    Thank goodness this kid isn’t a sell out.

  22. SpankyJanky26 says: Apr 18, 2010 4:27 PM

    Hey morons, even if he doesn’t turn out to be a great NFL player he will always be one of the greatest to ever play the game of college football…. I think he also won an award in college that collector’s drool over… what was it again?Oh yeah, The Heisman… you dudes need to quit being all shibacle towards Tebow.

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