A Better Idea – NFL, the Morning After

After posting Saturday’s message, I thought for a bit. Believe it or not, I’m not a very confrontational person, but certain things get me goin’…. and I certainly was goin’.

But, I was still thinkin’.

Then, I went to church on Sunday.

The church at the center of this tempest is Fallcreek Baptist Church. I was there on Sunday, and I was impressed. They had just an incredible spirit about the whole thing.

I did not hear one bad word said against the NFL. No one so much as looked cross-eyed at the mention of their name. All this from a group of people infected by a HUGE case of football fever – and a bad case of MASSIVE disappointment.

They had been looking forward for WEEKS for this – as an opportunity to be together with their families and have a great time watching their favorite game.

But like I said, I did not hear one negative word against the NFL.

What a great group of people. What a great spirit.

Even though everyone else was having a Super Bowl party… Even though every bar and restaurant in Indianapolis had HUGE screens showing the game… This little group of Baptists quietly went and watched the game at home. (Did you know that Colts Coach Dungy’s church also cancelled THEIR Super Bowl party?) Those who didn’t have TVs went to the houses of friends, and everyone was pleased the Colts won.

That pretty much clinched it for me.

  …and IT got even MORE clinched when I saw the list of advertisers of the Super Bowl.

My point is that it is hard to do a ‘boycott’ without doing it in the spirit of retribution. No one is trying (or should try) to punish or hurt anyone. Our goal should be to persuade.

So, instead of a ‘boycott’ I propose a Campaign of Dissatisfaction. You are not going to try and hurt sales. You are not going to try and block the efforts of anyone. But, you ARE going to voice your dissatisfaction.

It doesn’t mean that you stop buying a product, but it does mean that you tell them that their support for the NFL, and by connection their support of their actions against Fallcreek Baptist Church, is not satisfactory.

You are voicing your dissatisfaction.

So here is a list of products that I saw advertised on the Super Bowl on Sunday. Pick out a few products and let them know that you are unhappy with the NFL, and that you want them to tell the NFL to shape up their act… And, that they haven’t helped their profits by advertising with them.

Airtran.com Beatyourrisk.com – (I was appalled at the violence of the commercial) Blockbuster Budweiser 

Cadillac Careerbuilder.com Chevrolet – (can you believe how bad their commercials were?) Cierra Mist 

Coca Cola Comcast.com  Doritos E*Trade Emerald Nuts  FedEx  FlomaxFord 

Garmin.com – my runner-up nomination for the dumbest commercial  Godaddy.com Hannibal Rising 

Honda HP.com Intel. Izod 

Kraft Velveeta Michelin Tires Motorola.com Nationwide 

Pepsi Prudential Financial RealCaliforniaCheese.com Revlon Color fadeaway 

Salesgenie.com Schick Quattro Titanium Snapple Green Tea Snickers 

Sprint State Farm Taco Bell T-Mobile 

Toyota Tundra  VanHeusen  

I could go without these products, but that’s not the point. We want to do this in the same spirit that Fallcreek Baptist Church, the people hurt by this, would want us to. 

And, don’t forget to write to the NFL and CBS and your local CBS station. Let’s just make sure that we do this in the right way, with the right spirit.

 

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The NFL and CBS

Apparently, The NFL and CBS are closely linked, so much so that if you want to make a complaint, you gotta contact them both:

http://www.sportsline.com/help/contactus

Here are a couple emails that you should also send your comments to:

comments@nfl.sportsline.com

nflnotices@sportsline.com

Via snail mail:

National Football League
280 Park Ave
New York NY 10017
Phone: 212-450-2000

NFL New Media Group
280 Park Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017

CBS Television
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

Also, contact your local CBS television station. You can find your station here:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/07/31/utility/main517034.shtml

Those of you in Indianapolis, that means WISH TV:

Jeff White, General Manager: jwhite@wishtv.com

WISH-TV Channel 8
1950 N. Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46202

The Colts and the Bears

Then, let’s not forget to contact teams playing in the Super Bowl 

Contact the Colts, here: http://www.colts.com/mail.cfm

Contact the Bears, here: http://www.chicagobears.com/fancenter/Contact.asp

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “A Better Idea – NFL, the Morning After

  1. Psst…you don’t have to unscreen this comment, but you typoed your HTML for the church website links, and they don’t work. Thought you might want to fix ’em.

  2. Gosh, I don’t know..Emerald Nuts..never heard of them. They must’ve spent over two million dollars for that ad. I don’t remember the ad, but I remember thinking these people weren’t on my big players list of companies. Are they better than the others?
    Chevrolet-that one was funny:)

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