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NFL Bans Veterans’ Pro-Anthem Ad From Super Bowl Program

The one-page ad, which would appear in the game's program, asked Super Bowl attendees to "please stand" for the Star-Spangled Banner.

By NTK Staff | 01.23.2018 @2:58pm
NFL Bans Veterans’ Pro-Anthem Ad From Super Bowl Program

The NFL continues to exhibit hostility to criticism of its players’ national anthem protests, telling a veterans group that their pro-national anthem ad was inappropriate for the Super Bowl program, USA Today reported Monday night.

The ad would have encouraged fans at the Super Bowl to “please stand” during the performance of the Star-Spangled Banner. To the NFL, this constituted “a political statement,” and they denied the veterans’ request:

“The Super Bowl game program is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told USA TODAY Sports by email. “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.”

The NFL attempted to edit the message to read, “Please Stand for Our Veterans,” but the two groups could not reach a compromise on the $30,000 ad.

This is only the latest NFL dust-up over the national anthem ever since quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the trend of sitting or kneeling during the anthem.

President Trump called out the players kneeling during the anthem on Twitter, causing attendance, ratings, and ad buys to drop.

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