You've probably noticed Baltimore Ravens signage around town this week. That's because the NFL promotes both teams in the season opener and technically, this is Baltimore's post-Super Bowl victory party.
The Denver Broncos explained to fans on Monday through Twitter why the signage has been posted.
Because the NFL promotes both teams playing in its annual Kickoff Game, fans will notice signage outside @SportsAuthField and around town...— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) August 26, 2013
...that features the Broncos and Ravens. But regardless of league guidelines, this will always be #BroncosCountry...— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) August 26, 2013
...and we can’t wait to see all the orange in the stands a week from Thursday!— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) August 26, 2013
After the Broncos tweeted, the league's PR man, Brian McCarthy, did some additional damage control.
@TheAndyMac15 this year is different since the Super Bowl champs have to be on the road b/c of the Orioles. signs around NYC, other cities— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) August 27, 2013
Keep in mind that the team did not ask for this and there's nothing they can really do about it.
But frankly, it's appalling to see posters of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in downtown Denver, especially after the way Denver's season ended in January.
There is something you can do. You can contact local officials and complain about the inappropriate signage in downtown Denver and respectfully ask that it be removed.
Who to contact:
Denver City Council (Contact information here)
Denver Community Plan & Dev (Contact information here)
Denver Traffic Sign & Signal (Contact information here)
Also look up your state rep, mayor, and governor.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock (Contact information here)
Governor John Hickenlooper (Contact information here)
NFL League Office Number: 1-212-450-2000 (Additional contact information here)
Denver Broncos Executive V.P. of Football Ops John Elway (@JohnElway on Twitter)
Remember to be respectful and know what it is you are requesting. Stop and write down what you want to say before making the call and then rehearse it—make sure what you are saying makes sense.
Hit the phones, folks!