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Post Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:19 pm

Blake Koch Loses Sponsor thanks to ESPN

Nationwide driver loses sponsor after ESPN rejects commercial

Many Nationwide Series drivers will do almost anything to get their sponsors more publicity.

Blake Koch and his sponsor were even willing to pay ESPN for exposure.
Blake Koch says that ESPN rejected his sponsor's commercial in part because of his religious activism. (NASCAR Photo)

But ESPN rejected the advertisement from Koch’s sponsor, the Rise Up and Register Campaign, which is designed to educate people about the importance of registering to vote in upcoming elections.

Koch said the network rejected the advertisement, in part, because of his religious activism. A devout Christian, the 26-year-old driver often speaks at churches on race weekends, at numerous religious outreach events and on television shows.

“Their whole campaign was to run that commercial on ESPN, and they wanted to get in front of the NASCAR fans,” Koch said about his sponsor in a phone interview Thursday. “They didn’t care about any other network.

"We found out Friday at Daytona (in February) that they weren’t going to air the commercials due to
political and religious overtones, and they said particularly on (my) BlakeKoch.com website.”

While the campaign's website does not promote specific religions, it does include links to Koch's site, which promotes his ministry and other religious programs.

ESPN issued a statement Thursday, saying, “The spot did not meet our guidelines in regard to advocacy messaging. Blake Koch’s personal religious beliefs played no role in our evaluation.”

The campaign, which Koch said is nonpartisan and not religion-based, has now decided to stop sponsoring the Rick Ware Racing car. Koch, who is 20th in the Nationwide Series standings, said he plans to continue to race.

“My goal is not to beat up ESPN,” Koch said. “I have nothing bad to say about ESPN. They can air whatever they want to air. It’s their network. I watch ESPN all the time; I think they do a great job of airing our races.

“That’s not what I want to come out of this at all. But one thing I’m not going to do is stand away from my faith just to please (someone).”

Koch admits he’s a little unsettled with the publicity the issue has generated. He was on “Fox and Friends” today to talk about the issue at the campaign’s request, telling host Brian Kilmeade, “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.”

The publicity sparked interest from fans, who began contacting him on Twitter, as well as from other media outlets.

“I’m not an argumentative person,” Koch said. “I’m not opinionated. I don’t like conflict. I just like to be accepted for who I am.”
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Post Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:43 pm

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ESPN didn't mind blasting Viagra all over when it sponsored Mark Martin so what is the exception here? I hope Blake Koch finds a sponsor ESPN approves of.......
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Post Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:28 pm

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It seems to me that if you're not JOOOOOONYER or some other never was or washed up has been that if you can't bring BBBBIIIIIGGGGGGGG $$$$$$$$ to a certain organization, people don't have a use for you...... I talked to a few of Blake Koch's people at the last Charlotte race in October and they ALL seemed like decent folks. It's a #### SHAME that big $$$ people don't have time to listen to much that won't bring them publicity or MORE $$$$. :x :x
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Post Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:07 am

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I'd suggest that if you would like to see anything about this, that you might just wanna google Joni Lamb and the DayStar Singers. She seems to be a decent person and if I were an up and coming racer, I'd want an organization like DayStar behind me. :D
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Post Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:07 am

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I know the media is liberal and seems to be anti-religion of late but ESPN? Never would have thunk it. Too bad they don't realize that a large part of NASCAR viewers are Christians like Blake. Not that I have anything against atheism, Judiasm, etc, but we should embrace all spiritual believes/religions and not AVOID religion like ESPN, and other media outlets, want to do. BOOooooo!
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Post Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:29 am

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OK....first of all... and of much importance....

MW?! Where the #### have you been? :-)

I've missed your ugly mug ...altho my aim is improving ;-)

ESPN can't open themselves to a slippery slope. Starts with Christian... then the Baptists want in.... what about the Jews? The Nazi's won't be denied.... Now the Wiccans want to be heard....where does it all end?

On a slippery slope, best left alone by a sports network.

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Post Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:34 am

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Post Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:37 am

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smokieonefour wrote:OK....first of all... and of much importance....

MW?! Where the #### have you been? :-)

I've missed your ugly mug ...altho my aim is improving ;-)

ESPN can't open themselves to a slippery slope. Starts with Christian... then the Baptists want in.... what about the Jews? The Nazi's won't be denied.... Now the Wiccans want to be heard....where does it all end?

On a slippery slope, best left alone by a sports network.

It's also the Golden Rule #2 - He who holds the gold, makes the rules.

You don't like it? Tell it walking that way.... ;-)



I suppose now they won't broadcast anything in regard to the JETS as they have Tebow in the line-up. Isn't he the one who carries on about his religion? A story about Trevor Bayne and Tebow and their religion was sort of creepy (in my opinion) but thank goodness for the bill of rights. They have the right to talk about God and I have the right to ignore it and the same goes for Nazi's and etc.
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Post Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:38 am

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I don't remember them saying anything about Morgan Shepherd!?!? He has religious sponsors too. With the economy as bad as it is, sponsorship money, is very hard to come by.
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Post Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:25 pm

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Hey MW been a while!

Society sickens me. ESPN has always sicken me. The majority of Americans are Christians, there are 2 billion Christians in the world. And a sponsor that was geared towards voting gets banned???

Blake Koch is a great good and a good driver, at my church they'll put up events that he will do. What has this world come too?
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Post Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:47 pm

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Touchy subject.

I think it was wrong of them not to air his sponsor, it's a place just like any other place or thing that sponsors the other drivers. Show the booze, sex products, & 1/2 naked women sponsors & they're all for that. But someone wants to have something of religion & lord forbid they have to do that.

This country was founded on in God We Trust.

Next the prayer at the beginning of the race to pray for driver safety will be removed, is that not religion as well? It's ok to openly pray to God before a race as all the races do for the driver's safety, but not to show a sponsor for someone who supports this God to whom they've ask for safety from.
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smokieonefour wrote:OK....first of all... and of much importance....

MW?! Where the #### have you been? :-)

I've missed your ugly mug ...altho my aim is improving ;-)

ESPN can't open themselves to a slippery slope. Starts with Christian... then the Baptists want in.... what about the Jews? The Nazi's won't be denied.... Now the Wiccans want to be heard....where does it all end?

On a slippery slope, best left alone by a sports network.

It's also the Golden Rule #2 - He who holds the gold, makes the rules.

You don't like it? Tell it walking that way.... ;-)

my understanding is the sponsor wasnt religion, the driver was. To me that is a dangerous thing to play with. Everyone is focused on the loss of sponsorship (as they should) but really isnt ESPN showing bigotry (sp) I am not a religious guy, but to say hey Trevor Bayne, we dont want you racing because your sponsors have a link to your website is ridiculous. Imagine if ESPN said this about African American people instead of a religion? What the backlash from that would be! As far as political. That is a bunch of crap as well. Now if the sponsor was saying hey vote republican or democratic, I could buy that. But trying to get people to simply vote (for whoever) isnt taking sides.
No matter how you slice it, ESPN is discriminating.
To me ESPN discriminating this way is a way more slippery slope than worrying about Nazi's joining the sponsorship. Nascar will also get backlash & they may move to another network (as they already done to ESPN once before) Nascar doesnt like Black eyes either.
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Post Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:22 pm

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... 0N7C8-XKu8

That the commercial that they refused to air.....no religion mentioned just to get registered and vote.
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Post Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:33 pm

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Lizard wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=X0N7C8-XKu8

That the commercial that they refused to air.....no religion mentioned just to get registered and vote.

Someone should post that you tube on the ESPN message board LOL.
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Post Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:38 pm

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I just don't get why ESPN did what they did. I have seen the commercial before, it is just telling people to get out there and vote.

Look at the cash it says "In God we Trust".

NASCAR is the only sport that says a prayer before starting. This sport was built on Christianity.

I understand that not everyone is Christian, but as long as it isn't shoving it down their throats, what is the harm?
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