Border Patrol ad too tough for NFL
The National Football League, to a lot of folks it seems, portrays everything that is tough, and rough and tumble, about the US.Â Yet the NFL rejected a Border Patrol ad for the most recent Super Bowl, because the language in the ad was ‘too harsh’.Â That’s according to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy anyhow, who stated the the official program for Super Bowl XLI was meant to be “a light-hearted publication”.
On face value, that could be a valid arguement.
Here is an excerpt from the ad -
As Border Patrol agents, it’ll be your responsibility to prevent the entry of terrorists and their weapons into the United States. Â You’ll help detect and prevent the unlawful entry of undocumented aliens into the U.S. and apprehend violators of our immigration laws. In addition to those important duties, you’ll play a primary role in stopping drug smuggling along our borders.
So the fans were out to enjoy the big game, and get a break from everyday life.Â Why sully the mood with words like terrorists and drug smugglers, who wants to think about that?Â The NBA, although, has approved the ad for its upcoming All Star game, and the NCAA will run it in its Final Four program, so maybe basketball players are the real tough guys in sports.Â There’s more to the story, as there always is, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell let it slip.
The NFL is considering foreign franchises in the near future, and Mexico City is at the top of the list.Â Here’s a quote from Mr Goodell -
“We love Mexico,Â We have a great fan base there. It’s growing every day. We are very interested in going back. And we hope to be dealing with the various officials in Mexico to try to get that done for the 2008 season.”
Maybe if the Border Patrol ad had been geared toward Canada, there wouldn’t have been a problem.Â No sticky issues like illegal aliens to deal with.Â But… but… but… we’re talking about the Mexican border, and dollars, and pesos.Â Get the picture?
Link: CNS News
Link: Fox News
Link: Border Patrol Ad photo
Cartoon from Sid in the City