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Focus on family airs ad during Broncos game

Following a Super Bowl campaign that generated a lot of controversy for an ad that couldn’t offend anyone, the non-profit Focus on the Family purchased airtime during Tim Tebow’s Broncos debut and 11 more Broncos games.

“We saw from our Super Bowl advertising
experience that, for a family-help organization like ours, football is a
perfect place to advertise,” Focus vice president Gary Schneeberger told the Denver Post last week. “The Broncos are a real family tradition here on the Front Range.”

Unlike the Super Bowl ad, Sunday night’s ad did not feature Tebow. The group says Tebow’s presence on the team isn’t the sole reason they are advertising in Denver.  (But it’s not like they are advertising in all 32 NFL cities.)

Tebow’s throwing motion can be debated, but his starpower is undeniable.  The Broncos’ TV ratings climbed 33% in the 18-49 demographic over last year’s preseason average. 

Usually the ratings fall off when the scrubs come in, but the ratings stayed strong in the fourth quarter and gained overall from the start of game to the end.

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29 Responses to “Focus on family airs ad during Broncos game”
  1. YourJustJealous says: Aug 16, 2010 5:19 PM

    “The Broncos are a real family tradition here on the Front Range.”
    *******************
    OMG, you have got to be kidding me. This whole Tebow think is really starting to border on the sickening side.
    Focus on Family and Jim Bakker Jr. are not family frendly, unless you mean bilking dollars out of gullible people is “family”

  2. jersey73 says: Aug 16, 2010 5:23 PM

    How is this a football story???
    I am pro-choice, but this group has every right to buy ad time, just like any other group does. End of story.
    Shoot, every other commercial break seems to be for viagra!

  3. Stone says: Aug 16, 2010 5:25 PM

    F*cking religious freaks. They will swallow anything shoved down their ignorant throats. When will they realize that religion was invented just to control their mindless little lives. That ad offended me. I’m not interested in what some God Damn home-schooled religious fanatic feels about any issue. Period.

  4. Diomedes says: Aug 16, 2010 5:28 PM

    Focus on the Family is an awful organization. They are at the vanguard of the blooming American Taliban, doing their best to defend white christian politics.

  5. robert ethen says: Aug 16, 2010 5:30 PM

    Bit ironic that Tebow is the poster boy for family, since he doesn’t seem to want to take the first crucial step. Home schoolin’, I guess.

  6. TryTheVeal says: Aug 16, 2010 5:37 PM

    Who gives a rats ass, seriously?…..It’s a commercial.

  7. gurnblanston says: Aug 16, 2010 5:38 PM

    Focus on the Family is a hate-based organization out to impose its archaic and dangerous views on the rest of us. From gay bashing to support for nativist racism, the Dobson group annually battles the Coors family for the title of Colorado’s Hatemongers of the Year. I guess Coors wins with its ice-cold train of beer aimed at underage girls nationwide. The NFL should be ashamed to profit from hate and irresponsibility. Perhaps the unfortunate girl who becomes pregnant from alcohol-fueled sexual violence can comfort herself with a delicious Coors Light as Dobson and the Coors family force her to carry her attacker’s fetus to term. Hail!

  8. pt8106 says: Aug 16, 2010 5:41 PM

    Stone, I feel sorry for you having such anger inside you. That is the only explanation for your hatefulness toward those of us that believe in something bigger than ourselves.
    I am pro-choice but wouldn’t feel a need to proclaim it on a football site except for people like you who make us feel a need to stand up for what is right.

  9. BuckyBadger says: Aug 16, 2010 6:03 PM

    I am for most religious organizations even though I am an Atheist as I feel they do more good than harm. Focus on the Family is a vile and despicable group. I have been living in Colorado for six years and these so called Christians have been involved in rape and violence towards minorities. Their leader is the biggest hypocrite of them all. Preaching all his views only to be found with a male prostitute and meth.

  10. Hank says: Aug 16, 2010 6:32 PM

    pt8106 says:
    August 16, 2010 5:41 PM
    Stone, I feel sorry for you having such anger inside you. That is the only explanation for your hatefulness toward those of us that believe in something bigger than ourselves.
    ============================
    This is the typical response of the evangelical.

  11. PERCY 420 says: Aug 16, 2010 6:36 PM

    organized religion=joke-give us tons of money so are priests can screw more altar boys-lets have a group tells us who and how to worship a higher power-sounds like a cult

  12. sharkattack says: Aug 16, 2010 6:46 PM

    Tebow throws like an aborted fetus.

  13. Brewster says: Aug 16, 2010 6:49 PM

    “The group says Tebow’s presence on the team isn’t the sole reason they are advertising in Denver.”
    ___________________
    Perhaps not, it’s only 99.9% of the reason. Does anyone think that if the Broncos signed someone like Pacman ( excuse me, Adam) Jones FOF would be advertising on Broncos games? I didn’t think so.
    _____________
    “”We saw from our Super Bowl advertising experience that, for a family-help organization like ours, football is a perfect place to advertise,” Focus vice president Gary Schneeberger told the Denver Post last week. “The Broncos are a real family tradition here on the Front Range.”
    ____________
    Football is a perfect place to advertise? Perhaps this putz has never been to a Pro football game where every third word out of drunken hometown fans is the F-bomb. Yeah that’s their target audience, no doubt, sinners to convert.
    What a hypoctitical organization, they can’t even admit the sole reason they are spending the money to advertise is that their boy Tebow has a large following of potential donors.

  14. SuperNatti says: Aug 16, 2010 7:25 PM

    Focus On Your Own Damn Family!

  15. Hype says: Aug 16, 2010 7:38 PM

    # pt8106 says: August 16, 2010 5:41 PM
    I am pro-choice but wouldn’t feel a need to proclaim it on a football site except for people like you who make us feel a need to stand up for what is right.
    Feel the need to stand up for what is right?? Right according to whom? Suicide bombers stand up for what they believe is right. Pro-Life organizations bombed abortion clinics for what they believe is right. Just because it’s what you believe, that doesn’t make it “right”.

  16. hamburglar says: Aug 16, 2010 8:38 PM

    Rush Limbaugh is a drug addict.

  17. hamburglar says: Aug 16, 2010 8:40 PM

    Glenn Beck attacked my freedom when he was admitted to multiple rehab facilities that operate on my tax dollars. What a fraud.

  18. coolbeans59 says: Aug 16, 2010 9:29 PM

    C’mon everyone, the ad was for Focus’ “Wait No More” campaign. It’s a program designed to shed light on the current need for foster care orphans to be adopted. The ad was for their Colorado conference.
    Focus’ president Jim Daly (an orphan himself) has said he wants to make Colorado the first orphan-free state.
    I can imagine that only a despicable human being would have a problem with this ad.

  19. dyhard says: Aug 16, 2010 10:13 PM

    i thought i saw tim come down the steps last night at the game careing 2 tablets of stone. then he parted the ohio river and walked to the kentucky side.

  20. numberfour says: Aug 16, 2010 10:44 PM

    osamabama worship sure looks deadly to me.
    liberals wont admit it, but all the crap they believe in amounts to a secular religion. young liberals i can understand. they can outgrow it. old libs? they are just plain estupido.
    and, before u fools blast off, i am not particularly religious. but i sure do support governor brewer. and the 2nd amendment. and property rights. and low or no taxes.
    some of yall sure are threatened by tebow. sounds like you have other true feelings.

  21. hamburglar says: Aug 16, 2010 10:45 PM

    Scumbag organization

  22. Bricketh says: Aug 16, 2010 11:01 PM

    There are only 31 NFL cities.

  23. Stone says: Aug 16, 2010 11:18 PM

    @pt8106 says: August 16, 2010 5:41 PM
    “Stone, I feel sorry for you having such anger inside you. That is the only explanation for your hatefulness toward those of us that believe in something bigger than ourselves.
    I am pro-choice but wouldn’t feel a need to proclaim it on a football site except for people like you who make us feel a need to stand up for what is right.”
    Hey, F$ck you buddy! By being so God Damn outspoken about his stupid religious beliefs, Tebow has created a platform for the other religious freaks to come out of the woodwork to push their ignorant crap on the general public. EVERYONE knows the NFL is filled with religious players, but hey at least Coffee retires from the NFL to be a preacher, rather than using the NFL as his pulpit. Yeah, I’m angry. I’m pissed! I just want to watch a God Damn FOOTBALL game here. Keep your stupid religion and your stupid politics to yourself!

  24. luderiffic says: Aug 17, 2010 8:47 AM

    Yikes…this is why you either love or hate Tebow I guess.
    Tebow is definately religious and lets people know about it but certainly isn’t forcing anything down anybody’s throats. Grow up.

  25. hamburglar says: Aug 17, 2010 11:19 AM

    number 4: Go back and get your GED before you come on here and talk about anything.

  26. Stone says: Aug 17, 2010 1:16 PM

    @luderiffic
    “but certainly isn’t forcing anything down anybody’s throats.”
    What do you call writing bible verses on your eye-black? Talking about your religious mission to Asia on a College Football program? Appearing in a Pro-Life commercial during the Superbowl? What the hell is that if its not forcing it down our throats?

  27. texasPHINSfan says: Aug 17, 2010 2:14 PM

    Tebow is good for the NFL.

  28. Stone says: Aug 17, 2010 3:26 PM

    Tebow is good for Christianity. His value to the NFL remains to be seen. I don’t think the NFL needs any more help in recruiting the religious sect into viewing. And how much value will he provide when he’s out of the League in 3 years?

  29. luderiffic says: Aug 18, 2010 10:57 AM

    @Stone
    Laying something out there to see isn’t forcing anything down your throat. If he was out there condeming you for not believing in what he believes, that would be a different story. Have you ever heard Tebow say, “You are less of a person because you don’t believe what I believe.”??
    You can choose to ignore it, bash it or believe it and make your own decision on what to make of it.

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