NCAA Pulls ‘Focus on the Family’ Web Ad Following Pressure

Yesterday I posted about reports that the NCAA had approved airtime for ads from anti-gay, anti-choice evangelical group Focus on the Family during the upcoming NCAA tournament. The NCAA was also running an ad for the group on its website. 

Fotf  Under pressure, the NCAA pulled the ad yesterday:

"The decision by the NCAA came in response to vocal protests from a small number of advocates for gay and lesbian athletes, who complained that the group's views that homosexuality and abortion are immoral are inconsistent with the NCAA's stated nondiscrimination policy.

'Focus on the Family did have a banner ad on Today, it was decided to remove the ad from the website as a result of concerns expressed by our membership,' Bob Williams, an NCAA spokesman, said via e-mail late Tuesday."

It's still unclear whether CBS will run Focus ads during the NCAA tournament.

Writes Pat Griffin: "Yippee! Our voices were heard. I just got word that the NCAA is pulling the Focus on the Family ads that have been running on the web site. No decisions have been made about future ads, so maybe we need to make sure the NCAA gets it that ANY ads from FOTF associated with the NCAA in any way are unacceptable."


  1. Nick says

    Great News- the NCAA did the honorable thing- I don’t expect the same result from CBS. They have no interest in alienating the Christian reich as it is all about the money-
    we will take this small win-

  2. Jonathan says

    This is a horrible statement from the NCAA. “[V]ocal protests from a small number of advocates” dismisses us as cranks. Saying that our “complaint” was that the ads were “inconsistent with the NCAA’s stated nondiscrimination policy” means the NCAA didn’t have to stand up to Focus on the Family and call them discriminatory. “These few people say you’re discriminatory, and we’re just placating them. It’s a truly awful announcement, and the NCAA should be pressed on the record as to whether it shares the values of Focus on the Family.

  3. bobbyjoe says


    I agree that the way that is written sounds biased, but the problem in phrasing that makes it sound just like cranks– ” a small number of advocates” with “complaints”– comes from the article, not the NCAA statement. Apparently the website either caught on to that or got some flack for it, because if you click on the link that paragraph now reads:

    “The decision by the NCAA came in response to vocal protests from advocates for gay and lesbian athletes — which quickly grew into a broader audience of critics who sent e-mails and set up what has now become the standard, a Facebook page — who complained that the group’s views that homosexuality and abortion are immoral are inconsistent with the NCAA’s stated nondiscrimination policy.”

  4. jack says

    good… and i like to the think that my couple of phone calls along with thousands of others blew some doors off where it counted.

    thanks for posting the info so i knew to do it.

  5. Wy says

    It might have been nice for them to say that sponsoring the ads was inconsistent with their policies rather than pointing out that someone else read their policy as such.

  6. shelia says

    I do not understand what the big deal is!! When someone has a different opinion they are blasted as “immoral and inconsistent”. I think the ones complaining need to get a life!!!

  7. Alan says

    NCAA just showed how stupid and uneducated they are. What ever happened to free speech? I resent homosexuals and lesbians using the word “gay”. When I was a kid, gay meant happy. I dont know any homesexuals or lesbians that are really happy – but that’s for another day. Point is – NCAA must be afraid of something. They don’t have the intestional fortitude to stand up to a small group of individuals who minds are so twisted and are so blind about the love between a man and a woman. There is no substitute. Why wouldn’t a parent want their child to grow up to make the “right” decisions? The NCAA has a lot more serious issues to deal with than to worry about an ad like this. It is blowing up in their face.

    If they want to talk about their sexual orientations so be it, but don’t tell the hetersexuals they can’t talk about theirs.

    If the Muslims want to talk about Muhammid, don’t tell the Christians they can’t talk about God. It’s a two way street people. Just becasue someone say something you don’t believe in does not mean they can’t say it. You just have a right to disagree, but you do not have a right to censor!

  8. weekenderman says

    Shame on the NCAA for caving to a small group of fringe people who want to silence a group always for their disagreement with them on one or two matters. Shameful.

  9. Rhonda says

    NCAA is anti American in their view that only the most liberal of groups have a right to have their voices heard!