Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Run the ad

To the networks, especially those who air NFL football games. Your decision not to run the 1 minute ad by the National Football League Players Association is a sham and a shame to the viewers. You freely air ads for games and for the NFL, so why not the NFLPA? What are you afraid of a simple slogan, "Let them play"?

I'm not going to argue some players make a lot of money and all of them make good money, easily far more than the Average American worker or retiree. And many of them give back to the community with donations and time. I also know some team owners sponsor community programs along with the NFL and players to promote programs for youth.

All of that is to be commended. But in fairness to the players, they deserve as much of a voice on the air as the team owners, the NFL management and the networks. That's fair and reasonable. The network absorbs the cost of their ads and we know how far richer the team owners are in spite of the numbers they cite to the contrary, it's creative accounting. You know it and we know it.

But that's not the point here. Just run the damn ad and let the players have their voice equal to you, the team owners and the NFL. That's fair and they deserve the right to speak.

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