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NFL investigating porn event advertisement

Posted on: June 15, 2011 12:29 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 12:32 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you’re going to feature an NFL player in an advertisement for your business or your event, you’d better not show that player in his uniform. Otherwise, the NFL, ever-vigilant about protecting its intellectual property rights, is going to pay you a visit and order ask you to stop.

Yes, that applies to you even if you’re promoting porn.

As ABC 7 News in Chicago reports, the NFL is investigating an advertisement for the Exxxotica Expo (apparently, the world’s largest gathering of porn stars that occurred last month in Chicago) that features five NFL players in uniform.

Among the players who appear in the ad for a kickoff show in Miami: Bears S Major Wright, Chiefs DBs Brandon Flowers and Eric Berry, Texans DB Kareem Jackson and Raiders WR Jacoby Ford. Also, the names of recent draft picks Daniel Thomas, Anthony Allen and Corey Liuget were featured.

For the record, Ford tweeted today: “I wasn’t even in town” for the event.

"Our legal team is reviewing the ad. In general, companies not affiliated with the NFL or its clubs may not depict a player in his uniform" NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the TV station.

All of which leads us to this important conclusion: promoting porn, no matter how pure your intentions, usually just leads you to trouble. Especially if you’re wearing an official uniform.*

*Unless the uniform is that of a pizza delivery man, a naughty nurse, etc, etc.

UPDATED 12:47 p.m. ET: Chad Speck, Berry's agent, told Pro Football Talk that Berry wasn't involved with the party.

“Eric did not attend and had no knowledge of this event, and he certainly did not approve the use of his name and image in connection with the party,” Speck said.

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 5:52 pm

NFL investigating porn event advertisement

It's funny how I just completed a survey from cbssports and it asked me what I thought need improvement. I told them that they need to hire competent writers who double check their articles for accuracy. I also told them to shut down their intern program. Katzowitz, Fornelli, Moore, Brinson, etc..are always coming out with uninteresting articles with inaccuracies all to get a rise out of us readers.

Yes, as a Bay Area native I know Jacoby Ford plays on the Raiders.Why Katzowitz didn't know that is beyond me. Actually, I do know...he is not too bright or is too lazy to check.

So which is it Josh?

Oh...and this article is pointless. What people don't know is that you can wear a NBA, MLB, NFL or NHL uniform in a commercial. It's just that you can show either the team name or the number, but not both.

Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: June 15, 2011 5:27 pm

NFL investigating porn event advertisement

Maybe it was actors that were potraying these players in their uniforms?.... those jerseys are all over the place. just sain`..........

Since: May 25, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 3:24 pm

NFL investigating porn event advertisement

Jacoby Jones = Texans
Jacoby Ford = Raiders

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:48 pm

NFL investigating porn event advertisement

So why and the Oakland Raiders and Jacoby Ford's picture connected to this story? He wasn't even in town.

Sportsline mentions "porn" and automatically the default is an Oakland Raiders picture.

Get it together girls and boys.


Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: June 15, 2011 12:38 pm

NFL investigating porn event advertisement

Lots of "activity" heating up with player issues.  Boys, too much idle time, and warmer summer weather is not always a good mix.  As the lawyers get cut out of the mix (hopefully) in the NFL/Players negotiations, the defense attorneys at least can pick up some crumbs defending players.

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