That is ESPN's excuse for pulling NASCAR driver Blake Koch's ad for his sponsor. Not one word about religion or specific political party is mentioned in the ad...it promotes voter registration. Because ESPN has refused to air the ad, Blake's sponsor dropped him.
Via: The Blaze
ESPN Allegedly Pulls NASCAR Ad Over Religious Undertones on Driver’s Personal Web Site
Like many other individuals and institutions in the entertainment and athletic realms, NASCAR driver Blake Koch is involved in a campaign aimed at educating fans on the importance of voting in U.S. elections.Koch has teamed up with his sponsor, the Rise Up and Register campaign, in an effort to inspire greater political efficacy. But in an interview on “FOX & Friends,” Koch explained that an television ad he appeared in for the campaign never aired, as he alleges that ESPN rejected it based on purported political and religious overtones.
Koch told host Brian Kilmeade that ESPN relayed a message that the ad was pulled because of the religious undertones on his own web site.
“I didn’t think that my faith in Christ would have an impact on whether or not a sponsor could air a commercial or not,” he said, going on to say that he’s undeterred. “The one thing I will not do is deny my faith just because a particular sponsor might not like the way I express my faith, which I do on my own time.”
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Blake Koch's Bio page and his Outreach page both speak to his Christian faith, which I suppose was too much for ESPN to handle. That explains the "religious overtone" excuse, but I still didn't understand what the "political overtone" could be. No political party was mentioned in the ad.
I did a little more digging and found an article at SBNation that answered my question. Here is the other reason ESPN found the RiseUpAndRegister sponsor was one they didn't want promoted on their network:
Koch is sponsored by RiseUpAndRegister.com, which aims to register 1 million new voters before the November elections. Though the TV commercial (which can be seen below the jump) doesn't mention a specific issue, RiseUpAndRegister.com links to an anti-abortion voting site called BeMyVote.com.
So now we know why the people at ESPN refuse to air the ad. Pathetic.
I hope Blake Koch finds another sponsor real soon.