Sen. Feingold will change campaign ad due to NFL complaint

Sen. Russ Feingold's (D-Wis.) reelection campaign is changing a television ad after a complaint from the NFL. 

Feingold's ad shows a series of football players celebrating after scores, and then accuses Republican Ron Johnson of engaging in "excessive celebration" because he leads Feingold in polls. 

Feingold accuses his opponent of siding with special interests, and says the game between them is not done yet. 

Most of the players in the ad are unrecognizable and do not seem to be from the NFL, but there is one notable exception sure to draw attention in football-mad Wisconsin. 

The ad clearly uses 2005 footage of then-Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss pretending to moon the crowd after a crucial score in a playoff game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Fox NFL commentator Joe Buck can also be heard stating "that is a disgusting act."

That apparently drew a complaint from the NFL, which careful monitors how images from the league are used. 

"We are making an edit to the ad to accommodate the NFL’s concerns," Feingold campaign spokesman John Kraus told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

According to the Journal Sentinel, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league did not license the footage and that it requested that Feingold remove the clip. 

Feingold, a third-term senator, faces one of the toughest reelection contests of his career against Johnson, a businessman and political newcomer.

Watch the ad here: