Well, today the NFLPA found out that their ad will not air during a college football all-star game on Saturday on the College Sports Network. The only answer for why they denied the ad is that they didn’t want to get involved in labor agreements (or disagreements in this case). That would of course make sense if it wasn’t for ya know…the first amendment.
What happened to freedom of speech? It’s not like they’re advertising to tase 7-year olds, they’re trying to get people to go to their website. If the people watching don’t like the ad, then they don’t have to go to the website. That’s like CBS denying a Sprite commercial because they don’t want to get involved with people who drink it.
Pete Snyder, CEO of New Media Strategies (who created the ad) had some pretty strong statements about the issue.
“It’s pretty clear that the powers-that-be don’t want the players’ voices to be heard.”
I have to agree with him. What other reason could CBS have other than the fact that they don’t want to upset the league? It’s just upsetting to hear about CBS denying a commercial that is appropriate for all audiences. There’s nothing controversial about it, in fact you can take a look at it below and see what you think.
UPDATE: The NFLPA has since responded to CBS with a Let It Air slogan. You can view that below.