ESPN nixes 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. It 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. Here’s Koch’s Twit­ter account: @BlakeKochRac­ing and his web­site



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