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Michael Sam: The (Gay) Guy Who Could Change the NFL

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Get ready, haters. He’s coming to get your team!

FULL DISCLOSURE: As an avid baseball fan and blogger, I can’t stand the “He’s the Jackie Robinson of [insert this industry or sport].” Yet there is really no other way to describe the addition of Michael Sam to the NFL and the St. Louis Rams.

And before anything is said, can we just kill the noise about Jason Collins? He was a so-so player (at best) despite being drafted by the Nets in the first round. After travelling the continent as part of five different teams, he received attention in the twilight of his career for making an admittedly b0ld decision that still had very little to do with the way he played the game.

Again, Michael Sam is not that man. Let’s learn who he is…

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Philadelphia Wants to Throw a Big Gay Party

“Get your history straight and your nightlife gay.”

While France’s department of tourism wants Parisians to be nicer to foreigners, our own City of Brotherly Love aims to attract a slightly more…decadent audience. This commercial is not the very first aimed specifically at gay tourists (Philly itself started in 2004 and Key West followed in 2011 with this “out before it was in” spot), but we do see a trend developing here: campaigns designed to promote brands that don’t in any way identify as gay to the gay community.

In June we noticed the many varied brands that had anticipated the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling and made the most of it, and we expect that pattern to continue.

Well, at least the clip doesn’t push any gay stereotypes, right? While we can’t see Memphis or Little Rock releasing a commercial like this one, we think it’s safe to say that firms will be working on many more gay-themed campaigns in the near future.

NBC Says Brands Are Still OK With the Sochi Games, Prays They Stay That Way

Russia’s new anti-gay propaganda law has prompted global backlash for the awful bias and homophobia it demonstrates, and the harassment and unfair treatment of the LGBT community it will cause. The law bans “discussion” of “non-traditional sexual relationships” with minors. Those found to have broken the law will be subject to fines and even prison.

With the world descending on Sochi in about six months for the Winter Olympic Games, calls for a boycott are getting louder. Just today, an American runner Nick Symmonds, who won a silver medal at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow criticized the law, saying that he would like to wear a rainbow pin, but it’s “very clear that will land you in jail.” The International Olympic Committee has asked how this will be enforced. Rep. Nancy Pelosi was far stronger in her condemnation of the law, calling it “outrageous” that Russia would “criminalize equality.” President Obama said he was “offended” by the law.

Also today, FIFA asked for “clarification” ahead of the 2018 World Cup, which will take place in Russia. And Andy Cohen says he won’t be going to Moscow to co-host the Miss Universe pageant because it’s “unsafe” for gays and he “doesn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot in Russia.” Because of your horrible law, you miss out on the awesomeness of Andy Cohen. Sucks for you.

All of this controversy is surely causing some sleepless nights for the folks at NBC, which will be broadcasting the Games. The network is expecting to pull in $800 million in advertising, which Buzzfeed says would be the most ever for a Winter Olympic Games.

“So far, brands that have bought advertising time on NBC remain committed, but with six months left to go before the opening ceremonies and the potential for a boycott rising, a lot can happen that could change their minds,” the site says.

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