GNC Super Bowl ad gets ax due to association with banned substances

Critics of the NFL's tendency to meddle in issues will not be won over by this story.

The league has reportedly nixed an ad from GNC that was set to air during the Super Bowl, and it is not for the reasons one would typically expect.

It is not the content of the commercial, rather the company behind it that drove the decision. According to USA Today, the NFL is concerned about GNC's association with substances banned by the league office.

Although the commercial was part of a branding campaign titled #CourageToChange and did not include footage of people actually taking supplements, the league was not having it. 

Fortunately for the folks at GNC, the league's crackdown on their ad has at least generated some publicity.

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