Goodell defends refusing veteran group’s ad in Super Bowl program

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is defending the league’s decision not to run an ad from American Veterans, or AMVETS, in the Super Bowl game program.

That ad’s message was, “Please Stand,” an obvious allusion to the many NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem in 2017. The league said it doesn’t accept ads that have any type of political message, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said this morning on ESPN Radio that he stands by that decision.

“It’s not an indication of any lack of support,” Goodell said. “We have a VFW ad that talks about, celebrates the important work that our veterans are doing, and of course you all know we’re going to have 15 medal of honor winners that we’re bringing together at the Super Bowl, which I think is the largest number of medal of honor winners ever brought together at any event other than their annual national gathering.”

Goodell said he has heard from a lot of veterans in the last year and has listened to what they have to say. But as for the message the AMVETS want to put out, the NFL won’t publicize it.

135 responses to “Goodell defends refusing veteran group’s ad in Super Bowl program

  1. makes sense, they just want the issue to go away. it won’t but they do have the right to refuse any ad that will keep a controversial topic going for them out of the game.

  2. you are now witnessing the decline of the NFL. Tickets will be available to most games next year for a fraction of the cost.

    the next CBA will be fun

  3. So… Goodell & most owners condone political messages by the players, in front of tens of thousands of fans-in-the-seats, as well as tens of millions of viewers on TV but won’t accept a “political” advertisement which cost $5Million/30 seconds? Still clueless and still the cause of the NFL’s ratings/popularity plummet. smh

  4. They don’t accept ads that have any political message, but they let their employees employ a political message. This is Goodell at his finest. Quite possibly the biggest hypocrite walking the planet.

  5. I am so tired of this waste of oxygen.
    I am so tired of his ridiculous excuses for non-action (unless its player discipline).
    The NFL is losing fans and dropping in TV ratings because of him.
    The NFL has become a machine of politics and money, football is secondary at this point.

    Quite frankly it’s very sad and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to improve.

  6. If you in the past said you don’t like the anthem protests, because you don’t want political in football, then you should agree this decision. Although, I bet there are plenty who will be hypocritical about this.

  7. Whenever I hear this mean speak – on any topic – my first thought is “Wow, I don’t know exactly what they’re paying him, but it isn’t enough.”

  8. The reason he refused the ad was because the NFL paid a lot of money for this to go away !

  9. Won’t air a commercial that alludes to the fact that Goodell is a poor commissioner and totally mismanaged the whole “kneeling during the national anthem” situation. Perhaps they should change his title from “Commissioner” to “Dictator”.

  10. What a crock…!

    Yeah the league doesn’t accept ads with a political message but, had no problem with Costas taking up air time spewing political messages, or allowing players to actually … you know…. display a political message….

  11. I suppose you could say that there’s no need to directly bring up the kneeling farce, but maybe Roger should spearhead a large donation to vet orgs….

  12. The NFL, much like ESPN, has already gotten into the political game and has picked a side. When you pick a side, you lose half of your viewership. And you wonder why ratings continue to go down? You’re actually making me look forward to the XFL…

  13. Wouldn’t want to turn the game into a political statement. Unfortunately, that’s what the game has become, and as long as it pushes the liberal agenda, Goodell is perfectly happy with it.

  14. What Goodell is saying is that the NFL does not want to upset the players. He caved to them already. I suppose that, since standing for the anthem/flag are political statements, the pre-game announcer will ask all fans in the stands to please kneel during the presentation to avoid any political statements.
    This is one more reason, among the myriad I have, to not watch the Super Bowl, as I have not watched any NFL games this entire season.

  15. With everything that is allowed, no matter how inappropriate and offensive, it’s unbelievable that the NFL essentially defecated on all veterans. Let’s not forget, many of the lives lost in our wars were minority lives. THAT’S who your disrespecting. Evidently just fighting a war for your fellow man isn’t enough. SJW’s sure, love them but Vets? Naaahhh.

  16. This will lead to some interesting comments I’m sure. Especially by people like our president who criticize the protesters yet don’t even know the words to the anthem.

  17. It’s a polarizing issue. You alienate a strong portion of your fan base if you support one side or another. If you run a “Please Stand” ad, then you have to run a “Please Kneel” ad or people will be pissed. I still say it’s absolutely absurd that sporting events outside of the Olympics or other worldwide, national team competitions that have nothing to do with a country begin with patriotic/nationalistic rally. Literally has nothing to do with sports. And also, not for nothing, contrary to popular belief, patriotism is not a requirement of residency, just sayin’….

  18. I kind of agree to be honest. They’d do better off by not acknowledging the kneeling- which for the most part has stopped, certainly from the two superbowl teams at least.

    AMVETS could run an add to help veterans and spread the world to get people to do good but no, they wanted to waste money on this silly message. If we don’t want politics in football, we can’t support this then condemn players kneeling, they’re both bringing politics into it.

  19. he allows kneeling but doesn’t allow a group asking to stand…he is really clueless. The smart thing to do would be to give both sides equal opportunity and stay out of it. instead, all he cares about his paycheck.

  20. The ad doesn’t fit the leftist narrative, therefore it will not be shown. That is what really happened.

  21. I believe the rejection is not for the content of the message, but the TIMING. The ad’s message is relevant immediately prior to the anthem. At other times, its impact is lessened.

    Immediately prior to the anthem makes the message political in our current state of affairs.
    I expect to see tweets about this no matter what.

  22. The commissioner is defending the indefensible here. I now await the feedback from the George Soros paid trolls who unfortunately frequent this site. As well as commentary from other NFL Football fans.

  23. I don’t know this info but if I were to guess my guess would be that Goodell did not serve in the military.

  24. What a bunch of bull. This shows that the NFL only pretends to support the military for the extra revenue it brings them. Let’s also just stop pretending that kneeling for the anthem somehow increases social justice because it doesn’t. Money and community action does. I really don’t care if football players want to stand or not. But I do care that the NFL uses the anthem to make people think it is patriotic when really all it cares about is money. So NFL if you are really patriotic then make players stand if not then stop playing the anthem.

  25. Bottom line: the NFL is a group of business owners. Despite what’s said publicly, I doubt many of them are all that passionate about the anthem. When they get together as a group, they aren’t asking how they can get players to stand for the anthem they care so much about, they’re asking “how do we make this whole thing go away while all sides involved still give us their money.”

  26. knowspinzone says:
    January 30, 2018 at 8:30 am
    Why would AMVETS want to waste $5.2 million on that anyway? The money would be better spent helping vets.

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    The advertisement would help vets.

  27. idislikespeciousness says:
    January 30, 2018 at 8:59 am
    Que up the folks who’ll “never watch the NFL again”.

    —————-

    Cue up the idiots who think “cue” and “que” are the same thing.

  28. I just wish the NFL would be consistent. The NFL blocks the Veterans message saying they don’t allow Political Messages. At the same time the NFL is collaborating with the Players Coalition to produce Commercials where the Players can express their Political Messages. Roger, we’re not as dumb as you think we are. Just be honest and consistent for once. Apply the same rules to EVERYONE

  29. Who gave the WWNFL the right to drape itself in the flag anyway? All it does is use it to glorify itself, and then allows one side (the players) to also make political protest during it, but not the other side (the Vets). A total and self-interested mess that the NFL got itself into. The government should just ban the NFL from using the symbology of the state.

  30. isn’t the showing of players kneeling during the anthem an ad? It may be an ad for whiney entitlement but it’s still an ad.

  31. “The league said it doesn’t accept ads that have any type of political message…” Okay I get that.

    So why you let your paid employees demonstrate & display political messages on company time?

    Just more hypocrisy from the WWNFL.

  32. Is this where I make the suggestion to keep politics and sports separate then stay here the rest of the day/week/month talking politics on a sports blog?

    I’m trying to learn and fit in.

  33. Whatever, Goodell, you’re an idiot. I’m looking forward to watching the SOTU tonight, for the first time since 2008. At last the featured speaker doesn’t actually hate the country.

  34. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, if you ran the NFL, you would do the exact same thing. The NFL doesn’t want these protests, they’ve drawn too much negative attention to the league. After most players have already stopped protesting, approving a political ad like this would only be a guarantee of further fanning the flames of discontent. You’d have another massive display of protests starting next season. You’d also have to show ads from groups supporting those who are protesting. The NFL doesn’t want to deal with any of that.

    As an Iraq War veteran, I’m not happy with the players using the anthem as a prop in their protests but understand that its their right to do so.

    As far as this veteran group goes, I can’t help but feel the money would have been better spent on providing services for actual veterans rather than a ton of money on a symbolic gesture. Too many veterans are homeless or struggling to get past scars that were suffered during our time of service. The suicide rate amongst veterans is higher than ever and the VA healthcare system is still fairly disastrous. If nothing else, use that money to lobby Congress to stop kicking that can down the road. No veteran should ever have to die while waiting for care due to a poorly managed and inefficient bureaucracy. That we still haven’t fully resolved things yet is a disgrace.

  35. streetyson says:
    January 30, 2018 at 9:21 am
    Who gave the WWNFL the right to drape itself in the flag anyway? All it does is use it to glorify itself, and then allows one side (the players) to also make political protest during it, but not the other side (the Vets). A total and self-interested mess that the NFL got itself into. The government should just ban the NFL from using the symbology of the state.
    ******************************
    Pretty sure the military paid the NFL to start honoring them. It’s advertisement for patriotism.

  36. Love the double standard – we’re absolving ourselves from any further political controversy by NOT airing this ad….but tune in every Sunday where our players will use their workplace as a platform to advertise their own political agenda during working hours. Bravo NFL.

  37. The league said it doesn’t accept ads that have any type of political message, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said this morning on ESPN Radio that he stands by that decision.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That is simply not true. There are ads that have all sorts of political messages throughout the history of super bowl ads. Just last year there was a pro immigration ad that was aimed directly at Trump. There are many others and a simple search will list them as well as a couple articles discussing the subject.

  38. The NFL is losing fans? Are Americans so brainwashed that they can’t see the actual social injustices that the players are kneeling for? Are American children so indoctrinated into patriotism that they prioritize this reverence over a fair society? It blows my mind. Listen to the message the players are trying to convey. Look at the president you guys voted for. I can’t stand Goodell, but I’m with him on this one.

  39. This is one more reason, among the myriad I have, to not watch the Super Bowl, as I have not watched any NFL games this entire season.
    ——
    Yeah right. If you were taking such a strong stand you wouldn’t be posting about NFL football on a pro football site. You people are a bunch of whiny little snow flakes. Enjoy the games, forget the other crap and get on with your lives. The kneeling is a dead issue anyway.

  40. …and don’t even think about putting a flatscreen in a church basement…we’ll shut that down too!

  41. What was that? They can’t accept any type of political message? Thats bull. They already accepted one and to defend that decision spoke openly of how they had a responsibilith to honor the right for others to speak. He is now saying the complete opposite. Hey, I dont care which political message is which but allow them all or ban them all. One or the other. Because when you select one to favor and one to suppress…that in itself is a political message.

  42. 700levelvet says:
    January 30, 2018 at 8:27 am
    They don’t accept ads that have any political message, but they let their employees employ a political message. This is Goodell at his finest. Quite possibly the biggest hypocrite walking the planet
    ___________________________________

    They are liars as well because they have accepted and aired ads with a political message.

  43. harrisonhits2 says:
    January 30, 2018 at 8:51 am

    This will lead to some interesting comments I’m sure. Especially by people like our president who criticize the protesters yet don’t even know the words to the anthem.
    ___________________________________
    Your delusion has been noted. It is amazing what the gullible will believe if it fits the false narratives they have been fed.

    As for me, I choose to look at objective reality: The NFL’s ratings and esteem in society started dropping dramatically in line with how it chose to become an Alt-Left political vehicle and the economy started booming as soon as a leader was installed that understood business and cared.

  44. Again, for all you people making this about the protests. Of the 1700 active players on gameday, the number who kneeled to start the season was under a dozen. A fraction of a percent. .07% of players were involved in any form of protest. Until YOU made it a thing. Until YOUR president made it a thing, it was .07% of the NFL. When YOU made it your divine mission to make the NFL a political thing, thats when the protests actually started. And you know what happened? As the season drug on and people stopped publicly making it a problem, the number of players kneeling dropped off again, back to that 1% number. The second that nobody was going in front of crowds or on TV telling the players to stand, the players started to stand again. So why, on gods green earth, would ANY sports commissioner allow someone to make it an issue again during the biggest moment of the year?

    Players kneeling is only a real issue when conservatives make it one. When they arent publicly denouncing it, it ceases to exist funnily enough. This is the first time in a long time that I support Goodell on something. Let it all die. If you dont air the ad, the players dont kneel in response to the ad

  45. Disgraceful that AmVets would want to waste MILLIONS OF DOLLARS on a stupid SB ad to convince people to stand for the anthem. Isn’t it more important to spend that money on actually helping vets? The NFL did vets a favor by not accepting it.

    -A Veteran

  46. Hysterical that anyone thinks the NFL ratings have “plummeted”.

    The Superbowl was #1 vs. all TV last year with 111 Million viewers. The AFC Championship with the Pats/Jaguars was 2nd with 48 million viewers.

    the NFL had 37 of the top 50 spots in all TV last year.

    People are watching less TV in general, but the NFL is still the king.

    Bunch of #FakeNews people on this board.

  47. dartwick says:

    January 30, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Last years 84 Lumber ad wasnt political?

    But asking people to stand for the flag is political?
    ————————————-

    yep, as was the Budweiser immigration ad. Not saying which side I’m on but you can’t have it both ways Goodell.

  48. Tom Steyer ran impeach Trump ads during Monday night games this year therefore, yes Mr Goodell you do accept ads that have a political message. My bet is that there will be plenty of ads that are have underlying political messages on Sunday…just has to be what the NFL wants to convey.

    Yet one more reason I dropped Direct TV and will not get the Sunday Ticket again.

  49. factschecker says:
    January 30, 2018 at 9:24 am
    Is this where I make the suggestion to keep politics and sports separate then stay here the rest of the day/week/month talking politics on a sports blog?

    I’m trying to learn and fit in.

    ——————-
    Actually you are right, commenters should avoid any liberal vs conservative arguments.

    But whether the NFL is allowing equality and whether it is conducting itself propetly regarding poloitical nessages in general, thats a valid topic and what the article speaks to.

  50. When did advocating for equal rights for all become a “political message”? Everyone should support equal rights.

    The only people who think kneeling is “political” are the people who agree with discriminating against minorities and women. That stance is not political, it is simply disgusting.

  51. A fraction of a percent. .07% of players were involved in any form of protest. Until YOU made it a thing. Until YOUR president made it a thing, it was .07% of the NFL
    _________________________________

    Actually, the media made it a thing by highlighting that 0.07% and framing it as if there was validity to the original reason for the sitting (then kneeling) without any type of critical evaluation of that viewpoint.

  52. ZZZZZz..tired already. When was the last time a player sat or kneeled? It’s been quieting down..addressing it only wakes it up again. Not interested in hearing any political ads during the SB…Stop politicizing this. I don’t think any Eagles or pats will be sitting or kneeling, they have not been.

  53. Roger says: “Protect the shield”…you know, that red, white and blue logo with the letters NFL emblazoned on it.
    “The league said it doesn’t accept ads that have any type of political message, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said this morning on ESPN Radio that he stands by that decision.”

    …But, the league accepts that it’s employees use “The Shield” as a vehicle to forward their personal political agendas. Sorry Rog, you can’t have it both ways.

    “Hypocrisy is not a way of getting back to moral high ground. Pretending you’re moral is not the same as acting morally.”

  54. cardinealsfan20 says:
    January 30, 2018 at 10:03 am
    When did advocating for equal rights for all become a “political message”? Everyone should support equal rights.

    The only people who think kneeling is “political” are the people who agree with discriminating against minorities and women. That stance is not political, it is simply disgusting.
    ______________________________________

    No a lot of those people have had enough of people like you claiming that they are racists because they do not agree with the spin put on issues of race and gender. And conservative viewpoints are grossly misrepresented by the media.

    Example, Kaepernick said that he would not stand for a flag that represents a country that oppresses people of color. Think about that critically he is say that the USA is actively oppressing people of color, under the leadership of a African American President. Plus the media and other political groups tried to paint all police as racist killers because of a few high profile cases. Is that what you think. All police are taught to kill people of color. Come on. I do believe that police training need to be critically evaluated and changed because people of all races have been unjustly shot by police officers. But I do not consider all police as bad people or lacking proper restraint.

  55. Hypocrite! He allows his players to make political statements on the field in front of paying customers, many of whom disagree with the message, and won’t allows a veterans group to place an ad in a program. This is why the NFL is doomed.

  56. Think about this… Why should a request to stand for the national anthem be deemed political? I remember ofttimes hearing the PA system request “Please stand for the national anthem” at many entertainment venues.

  57. realityonetwo says:
    January 30, 2018 at 9:19 am
    idislikespeciousness says:
    January 30, 2018 at 8:59 am
    Que up the folks who’ll “never watch the NFL again”.

    —————-

    Cue up the idiots who think “cue” and “que” are the same thing.

    Uh, try queue.

  58. That wouldn’t fit in with the Budweiser ad that has the Budweiser Clydesdale horses kneeling during the singing of the national anthem.

  59. The people posting the NFL is doomed crack me up. The fricken pro bowl was up 25% viewership for Christ sake. You’re just butt hurt the protests aren’t going your way. It must be hard being so insecure.

  60. Well said cardineals, it has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with certain groups being crapped on. The good ol boy network on here tries to mask their racist views by calling people anti american FOR DOING THE MOST FREAKING AMERICAN THING ONE CAN DO BY PROTESTING PUBLICLY.

  61. I don’t usually comment, but I guess I will today. Here is my $0.02. I was a Sunday Ticket subscriber for years, but three years ago I decided not to purchase the ticket. Missed it a lot, but was fine getting the locally televised games where I live. It was not until last year that I actually started getting irritated with the NFL, for obvious reasons, but yet I still watched. This year I have finally had enough. I have watched a total of about two whole games all year. This coming from a 42 year old guy who used to be a football junkie. I used to watch NFL football, from start to finish, from pre-season all the way through to the Super Bowl. This year, I am not even watching the Super Bowl. I know I am probably in the minority on this one, but it is my way of doing my part, and it is perhaps the only way I can protest or have my voice heard. Not that it is going to make any bit of difference, but I am still not watching this year. It will at least make me feel better, as there isn’t anything else I can do. For those who are data driven or analytical, and want to see the demographics on this commenter, I am a 42 year old, white “average Joe” who played high school football and have always been a fan. I am just not a fan of where the NFL has gone, or is headed. That is all, enjoy the game.

  62. Cord cutting has everything to do with ratings drop. Politics only makes more people watch games, as evidenced by how many posts in this thread.

  63. Patriotic Veterans for America (PVA) fully supports the right to kneel.

    But they didn’t think of buying an ad.

    Couldn’t afford it anyway.

  64. vottorific says:
    January 30, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Cord cutting has everything to do with ratings drop.
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    It has nothing at all to do with it, unless you cut the cord to your Nielsen Box.

  65. Already made the decision not to renew our tickets after 15 years. The kneelers and the NFL’s failure to bring it under control is the #1 reason. Many lesser reasons too – siip-shod officiating, games taking too long, rapidly escalating ticket prices, etc. The owners will regret having renewed Roger’s contract within a year – watch.

  66. I love how everyone here knows what soldiers fought for. People go into service for all types of reasons. Can everyone please stop acting like they know why everyone served?

  67. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    January 30, 2018 at 12:02 pm
    Well said cardineals, it has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with certain groups being crapped on. The good ol boy network on here tries to mask their racist views by calling people anti american FOR DOING THE MOST FREAKING AMERICAN THING ONE CAN DO BY PROTESTING PUBLICLY.

    Wrong, that’s an option and nowhere close to the most american thing you can do. Now, if the “cause” were just, you wouldn’t need to paint those who don’t agree as racists. But that’s how you guys roll land that’s why you’l lose in the end.

  68. WOW the inmates are running the jail
    Players can show the world what they think yet you disrespect our VETS
    Rodger your way out of line on this one

  69. We had to sit through a Super Bowl last year jammed packed with political messages on illegal immigration..then this year we had to sit through all this political stuff with kneeling and disrespect…and now the NFL says they do not do political statements or ads…lol..the more that money purse gets hit the faster they will realize the liberal left has already hi-jacked them just as they have the media…looks like they would have learned with the election, the falling in rating, the fall in merchandise, that the majority of the American public are tired of the rich elite trying to tell us how to live and what to do…just play football man..that is what we want to see..save all the politics for Hollywood to whine about sheez

  70. I support this decision, especially in light of the fact that most veterans I’ve seen talking about it, fully support the players’ right to peacefully protest, as any non-facist American would.

  71. You guys can become hockey fans at any time. Really. For the amount of “I’m so tired of hearing and talking about it?” You dinguses sure spend a lot of time reading and talking about it.

  72. Anyone recognize the difference between players exercising their individual rights (kneeling, etc.) and the NFL exercising its rights as a business and making a business decision? All this phony inflated outrage… All snowflakes melt at the same temperature!

  73. For those giving advice to AMVETS on how to spend their money, STOP! You have no idea what you are talking about. A large charitable organization uses advertising to drum up contributions. They picked a simple nonpartisan issue that vets would likely agree with to convey their message on a media event that vets would likely watch. I do not know if it would have worked raising more money than the spot cost, but nobody on this board is qualified to determine that.

  74. All these guys on the board saying that the NFL is dead , can you just go away now? NFL gear and tickets are still too expensive. Need you to stop saying you’re done and just leave already.

  75. NFL only tells one side of the story. The media televising the game only showed the players and ignored the fans response. An organized lie doesn’t make it true. Hope the NFL goes broke.

  76. cmoney20 says:
    January 30, 2018 at 12:43 pm
    I love how everyone here knows what soldiers fought for. People go into service for all types of reasons. Can everyone please stop acting like they know why everyone served?

    ——————
    They fought for all of us. I dont see how you can imply there is any other answer.

  77. So now standing for the national anthem is a political statement? Silly me, I thought that’s what Americans do when our national anthem is played. And the NFL is wondering why their ratings are down. Count me as one who stopped watching Sunday’s NFL games religiously as was my custom for many, many years. Thank you NFL for freeing up my Sundays during the football season.

  78. FoozieGrooler says:
    January 30, 2018 at 1:12 pm
    I support this decision, especially in light of the fact that most veterans I’ve seen talking about it, fully support the players’ right to peacefully protest, as any non-facist American would.

    ——————
    So only the players? Do they also support not allowing others to give their own messages?

  79. You are the league Roger. Nice try saying others get to make those decisions and you just stand around and say ok or nay. Not with the money they are paying you pal, your the one who more than likely dissed the VFW and came up with this phony alibi.

  80. Another short cited decision….this issue could have been solved months ago if the kneeling players had chosen to wear different socks. Uniform violations never go unnoticed.

  81. Sick of the military and Trump propaganda. Enough…… you served our country get over it. If you didnt go into the army what were
    your choices? That’s what I thought. Enough of the fly overs and everything military. A strong country has a strong military as we always
    have had right? Trump has all the deplorables needed more military dollars spent. Enough!

  82. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    January 30, 2018 at 11:23 am
    realityonetwo says:
    January 30, 2018 at 9:19 am
    idislikespeciousness says:
    January 30, 2018 at 8:59 am
    Que up the folks who’ll “never watch the NFL again”.

    —————-

    Cue up the idiots who think “cue” and “que” are the same thing.

    Uh, try queue.

    Uh, actually No. It’s “cue.” Queue is a waiting line; cue is a signal given to begin a speech or say a line.

  83. savethebs says:
    January 30, 2018 at 9:47 am
    Disgraceful that AmVets would want to waste MILLIONS OF DOLLARS on a stupid SB ad to convince people to stand for the anthem. Isn’t it more important to spend that money on actually helping vets? The NFL did vets a favor by not accepting it.

    -A Veteran

    Actually, AMVETS was to pay only $30,000. The ad was in the printed game program not on TV. Also, the ad was actually a fundraising appeal and would likely have raised many more Dollars than it cost to run. Lastly AMVETS has net assets in excess of $18 million so $30 K is a very small investment.

  84. The only league that welcomes protests against our great country while the employees are at work, in front of their customers, in the USA and on foreign soil. That’s a stain that can not be removed from our memories. It makes no sense, none.

  85. PLEASE boycott the Superbowl. I said it about a year ago that when they have the pockets suffering from their actions, they will start to make some changes. I don’t care what the reason why they won’t. Their players are making a political statement by their actions. It is a valid entity that would pay money to have their ad aired. NBS and the NFL need to be taught a lesson.

  86. I get why they don’t want the ad to run, but don’t pretend it’s because the league “doesn’t support political messages.” They do a good job supporting the breast cancer awareness stuff, the domestic violence ads, the military ads…the league just does not support politics that are not its politics. It’s easier to sell the domestic violence awareness and those other ones because most people support that-and more importantly, the others make the league look good. “Please Stand” makes the league look intolerant towards the kneelers, so that’s a no no.

  87. How many people actually get that this is about the Super Bowl program and has nothing to do with televised ads?

  88. > If you in the past said you don’t like the anthem protests, because you don’t want
    > political in football, then you should agree this decision. Although, I bet there are
    > plenty who will be hypocritical about this.

    Players are employees of the league and should be held to the same standards of behaviour as the rest of us are. If I started a political protest in my office, I’d find myself on the chow line in short order.

    Veterans, on the other hand, earned their right to make political statements by serving their country in armed conflict. They fought for my freedom, your freedom and the crybaby players’ freedom as as such have the right to ask that you stand for the anthem.

    Seriously… You are comparing an apple to a space shuttle.

  89. I think there’s some ping pong or badmitten on this evening.
    No Super Bowl on my tv tonight. We Cater to the few instead of the many because.
    I believe at the Rangers Baseball game the stadium is asked th
    O stand and remove there hats for the National Anthem, Nobody seems to be bothered about that
    The media cauterize to whiners and cry babies news news news news
    Some ones feelings are hurt

  90. The owners basically paid the kneelers off to quit kneeling. So in their view its over. I can see why they wouldnt want to now run an add that opens up old wounds for some. That being said the NFL needs to stay away from any political message adds from here on out, and hold the kneelers feet to the fire going forward when they inevitably try to renege on the deal. Keep politics out of sports.

  91. But they just showed a commercial advocating for racial equality. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in racial equality. I’m just saying, what’s wrong with the standing for the Banner commercial??!!!

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