Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Feingold Ad Sacked After Complaint By NFL

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

The National Football League has asked the Russ Feingold campaign to take down a newly released ad that uses footage from NFL games.

The Feingold campaign reacted quickly. “We are making an edit to the ad to accommodate the NFL’s concerns," campaign spokesman John Kraus told the Journal Sentinel.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league did not license the footage used in the ad. He said the league had contacted the Feingold campaign about removing it.

The ad features various scenes of football players celebrating in the end zone. One clip shows the infamous 2005 "mooning" incident featuring Randy Moss, then with the Minnesota Vikings, in a game at Lambeau Field.

Here's what Feingold says in the ad: "In pro football, they call this excessive celebration. And they punish it with fines and 15-yard penalties. It's exactly the kind of behavior that corporate special interests and Ron Johnson are engaging in.

"They're dancing in the end zone because they think they're going to take down the U.S. senator who has been named the No. 1 enemy of Washington lobbyists. Fortunately, the game isn't over yet."

In other Randy Moss-related news, the New England Patriots may soon be sending the former Viking and future Hall of Fame wide receiver back to Minnesota.

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