Originally Answered: will you be watching the Puppy Bowl during the super bowl this year?
Controversy arises as Animal Planet adds Vick to Puppy Bowl IV
Silver Spring, Maryland (AP) - In what can be seen as only a disgusting grab at ratings, Animal has decided to go ahead with their decision to add currently incarcerated NFL quarterback, Michael Vick, to the coverage of Puppy Bowl IV this Sunday. Vick will provide color commentary for the action as it plays out, from the comfort of a holding room at a minimum-security facility in Leavenworth, Kansas, which has drawn the surprise and ire of fans and activists alike.
This decision has left many fans of the Puppy Bowl wondering what's the reasoning of Discovery Channel and it's subsidiary Animal Planet behind this is.
"Puppy Bowl never had announcers in the first place," said Jane Gerald, 43 of Hanover, Maryland " Why bring a convicted felon into this wholesome, family affair?"
In the 4 years it aired opposite of the Super Bowl, Puppy Bowl just used fake crowd sound effects during the show and borrowed the vocal talents of Hall of Fame announcer, Harry Kalas, to welcome viewers from commercial and before and after halftime.
Vick will record his part Sunday Morning, prior to the airing, giving time for censors to review his description of the action.
John S. Hendricks, Founder and Chairman of Discovery Communications, defended his decision, "We have a young man who has faced great adversity and is paying for his decisions. Michael is trying to reconcile with his fan base for his deeds and actions. We are giving him a platform to express himself but also his expertise in the field of dog on dog combat."
Others remain skeptical of this decision, most question the reasoning behind it. SInce Steve Irwin's death in 2006 viewership of Discovery Channel, TLC, and Animal Planet has plummeted greatly which has considered with an increased loss of ad revenue. "They first tried pimping out Steve daughter, Bindi Sue, but that didn't have staying power. BUt this is a new low for America Television, Mr. Vick has no business being on our televisions any more and neither does the heartless company promoting it." says Cleantv.net's found, Steven A. DeVore, a Internet watchdog group.
Many people not interested in the Super Bowl will be watching Animal Planet and the question remains is how will the common man react to Michael Vick's appearance.