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an institution around these parts or years. As research time became more
scarce, we let it lapse, but by the grace of a Gordie Hull Hat Trick, it's
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|For the Week of 12/7/09
| The National Football
For those of you who constantly question the moves of the
NHL, you're overlooking one thing. At least the NHL isn't the NFL. The No Fun
League has taken extra steps to ensure that no crossover with the NHL takes
place, or any other league for that matter. At least not when it comes to
The Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Bears
recently tried to hook up on a promotions partnership, which would have allowed
to pit star players from each team in advertising to better promote each team
in the Chicago area.
What's wrong with that you ask? Well, the NFL
doesn't fraternize with anyone outside of its good old boys club.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the ads were supposed to pair Blackhwak and
Bear players in whimsical ads, like QB Jay Cutler offering advice on how to
beat the Detroit Red Wings, and Patrick Kane shooting footballs so the Bears'
Devin Hester could run them back.
As quoted in the Phil Rosenthal's
prohibits use of team marks and logos in connection with the promotion of other
sports except by a three-quarters vote of the league's 32 clubs, according to
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.
The league saw no gray area, which is
probably why the Bears-Hawks ads were thought to be unprecedented. "We felt it
was within the framework of the spirit of what the rule was," said Scott Hagel,
Bears senior director of corporate communications. 'They felt differently, and
we have to respect their decision.'"
Perhaps the NFL felt the recent
rise of the Blackhawks back into the competitive landscape and the Bears
absence from the same is intimidating. If one is competing and one isn't,
eyeballs and dollars tend to follow the action, and the NFL has no interest in
But I ask, who would be benefiting here? The Bears are
irrelevant as the NFL playoffs approach. Wouldn't a little air time help them
make an extra buck or two?
Maybe they should call it the No Freebies
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