With only hours before the start of the 2019 NFL Draft, we’re still angry over the removal of the Josh Allen banner from the front of an empty building on Broadway, about a block away from the NFL’s main stage.
By now you probably know the story: UK created a banner to celebrate Josh Allen and installed it earlier in the week; the NFL requested it be taken down due to the tiny NFL logo in the bottom right corner; UK complied and the banner was pulled down this morning before getting the attention it deserves during tonight’s draft festivities. I could go on and on about how petty it is that the NFL demanded its removal, but soon Josh Allen will be selected as one of the top picks and he’ll be super rich and the banner will be an afterthought.
But we still need answers as to why UK caved in to the NFL’s silly demands about a privately-owned building, and now we kind of know, thanks to the Herald-Leader’s follow-up story.
Guy Ramsey, a spokesperson for UK, told the newspaper, “The NFL and the city of Nashville have a perimeter for the draft which prevents temporary banners from being displayed in proximity to the draft events on Broadway.”
So there ya go. It’s a perimeter issue.
I must be crazy to think the NFL could’ve recognized Allen’s inspirational story from no-star prospect to top draft pick and allowed the banner to stay up over an empty brick building as another tasteful addition to the NFL’s Nashville backdrop and a celebration of one of the faces of this year’s draft classes, but what do I know?