ESPN denies Blake Koch voter registration ad

NASCAR Nation­wide dri­ver Blake Koch is trad­ing paint with ESPN over his ad advo­cat­ing voter reg­is­tra­tion. The net­work refused to run the ad and as a result Koch lost his spon­sor Rise Up & Reg­is­ter.

Koch told Fox News the rea­son ESPN refused the ad is because of his reli­gious con­vic­tions and pro­vides a voice­mail he received from ESPN’s Rosa Gat­ti, senior vice pres­i­dent of cor­po­rate out­reach in Feb­ru­ary. Since the denial of the ad, ESPN has backpedaled and issued this state­ment Thurs­day: “The spot did not meet our guide­li­nes in regard to advo­ca­cy mes­sag­ing. Blake’s per­son­al reli­gious beliefs played no role in our eval­u­a­tion.”

Take a look at the ad and watch the Fox News sto­ry. The ad clear­ly is not polit­i­cal or reli­gious. It asks view­ers to reg­is­ter to vote. What do you think?

Koch is clear­ly a Chris­tian, but so is Tim Tebow, so I’m a lit­tle con­fused at ESPN’s rea­son­ing for deny­ing the ad. 

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3 Responses to ESPN denies Blake Koch voter registration ad

  1. Nickthomas2801 says:

    there is an I Sup­port Blake Koch face­book page and blog now.…go get’em Blake 

    http://www.isupportblakekoch.com 

  2. LN_Smithee says:

    Ms. Somers: At this point, this is a he said-she said sit­u­a­tion, with the dif­fer­ence being that Koch says that Gat­ti actu­al­ly address­es his faith in the voice­mail, which she denies in the ESPN state­ment.  Can you say with con­fi­dence that the voice­mail, if revealed, would back Koch up?

    • Tommy says:

      the voice­mail is what start­ed this whole thing, they played the voice­mail on fox news chanel wednes­day march 28, 8:20 east­ern time… the voice­mail by Mrs Gat­ti says exact­ly that.. look it up

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