The local Florida daily sports pages are filled today with a burning question for fans of University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow's pro prospects, but it's his appearance in an ad that will air during the Super Bowl that is creating some serious buzz.
The Women's Media Center based in New York is gathering up petition signatures to send to CBS, demanding that the network scrap an ad that will air on Super Sunday featuring Tebow and his mother. The ad is being paid for by the Christian conservative group Focus on the Family, and according to the AP:
is expected to recount the story of Pam Tebow's pregnancy in 1987 with a theme of "Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life." After getting sick during a mission trip to the Philippines, she ignored a recommendation by doctors to abort her fifth child and gave birth to Tim, who went on to win the 2007 Heisman Trophy while helping his Florida team to two BCS championships.
In a letter sent to CBS, the Women's Media Center wants the network to eschew airing the 30-second ad (which is expected to cost over $2.5 million) because it's being produced by Focus on the Family:
"By offering one of the most coveted advertising spots of the year to an anti-equality, anti-choice, homophobic organization, CBS is aligning itself with a political stance that will damage its reputation, alienate viewers, and discourage consumers from supporting its shows and advertisers."