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BREAKING: Anheuser Busch Responds To “Boycott The NFL” Protests

The numerous “Boycott the NFL” movements have gained a tremendous following within the span of about a week — so big, in fact, that major corporate sponsors are now listening very closely to what ticked-off fans are saying.

Anheuser Busch has gone as far as hinting that that they’ve considered all possibilities when it comes to responding to angry football fans who are made at the NFL — including possibly pulling their multi-million dollar sponsorship?

Daily Caller reports:

Amidst the national anthem protests, one major sponsor is considering pulling their product from the NFL altogether: Anheuser Busch

The popular beer company is letting the public decide whether they should terminate their relationship with the NFL. This weekend, the beer company set up a hotline to get a better sense of what the public really thinks about the recent wave of protests.

Over the past couple of weeks, more than 150 players have refused to stand for the National Anthem. As a response, fans have been burning jerseys, throwing away season tickets, and game day ratings have plummeted.

Fans (or former fans) are angry. The hotline received such a high volume of calls that it crashed on Friday afternoon but is back up as of Sunday night.

The hotline greets fans with a brief statement:

If you are calling with questions or comments about Anheuser-Busch’s sponsorship of the NFL, press one. At Anheuser-Busch we have a long heritage of supporting the nation’s armed forces, veterans and military dependents. The national anthem is a point of pride for our company and for the 1,100 veterans that we employ. Please feel free to share your feedback after the tone.

Anheuser Busch also released a statement this weekend.

At Anheuser-Busch we have a long heritage of supporting the institutions and values that have made America so strong. That includes our armed forces and the national anthem as well as diversity, equality and freedom of speech. We proudly employ over 1,100 military veterans and we work every day to create an inclusive environment for all of our employees. Because only together can we achieve our dream of bringing people together for a better world. We have many long-term sports partnerships, including our NFL sponsorship, and while we may not agree on everything, we still believe in the power of sport to bring people together and overcome their differences. Thank you.

Also, here’s the official “I Proudly Stand For The Anthem” t-shirt (we have hoodie and v-neck options, too!) that has part of the proceeds going to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans!

73 Comments

73 Comments

  1. Larry Launderville

    October 2, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    now we Boycott the sponsers of the NFL budwiser is on the top of the list

  2. Judy

    October 2, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Pull your support from the NFL!!!!! They are doing more damage to our country by dividing people even more!! Yes I AM all for peaceful protest.. yes they have a right.. but not when they are paid millions of dollars to play a game! Let them take their millions and fund programs to help and to teach!! This is just heartbreaking!

  3. shirley hibbard

    October 2, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    pull all sponsorship!!! where do these players think they get paid from??

  4. GERALD L SCHLAMP

    October 2, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    I been drinking BUSH LIGHT, for many many years, but I dont watch football no more ,and will not ever watch. so if you keep suporting the NFL, I will change brand to pbr.

  5. Tyler

    October 2, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    It shouldn’t ever take a massacre to bring NFL football game to finally decide and stand, let alone any sports broadcasting.
    Anheuser Busch, you have a great life with U.S history, and I, as 1 person would hate to see a down fall from this history for the books.
    I feel that if you take away the value of the all mighty dollar from the NFL, that hopefully it will not just teach them a lesson of economic s, but as a person for the history books.

  6. orville rifenbury

    October 2, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    when they chose to kneel, or hide during our national Anthem, they virtually spit in the faces of every vet in this nation, I pray every sponsor dumps these overpaid morons

  7. Ed Harper

    October 2, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    We will NOT watch any NFL ever! I will NOT support any supporters of NFL!

  8. Albert jackson

    October 2, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I have been drinking their for 30 years if they support the NFL protest I will drink another brand

    • joe

      October 3, 2017 at 1:50 am

      I will drink another brand of beer also. Stop supporting the NFL as our nation can Boycott you also.

  9. Linda

    October 2, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    100% think Anheuser Busch should PULL OUT OF THE NFL!! Un-American to disrespect my country

    • Barbara Wolfe

      October 3, 2017 at 2:00 am

      they better be doing more than “considering” …. Do It !!!! our family has been nothing but bud light, but ya know through this National FELON Leage Un American ploy, We’ve found out that there are better beers out there …

    • Bob

      October 5, 2017 at 12:07 am

      I agree. Will not drink Bud until they pull sponsorship.

  10. Tim Clinton

    October 2, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Proud Steelers fan
    Will not watch NFL anymore
    Also will no longer drink BUD LIGHT
    Moving on thank you for your support

  11. Gayla

    October 2, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Boycott NFL, ESPN!!

  12. Kathleen honcoop

    October 2, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Dump the NFL. Those overpaid primadonas need to understand that disrespecting our flag and our military will never be acceptable. I will not watch another NFL game! Why on earth would a business allow their representatives to insult their customers without repercussions? Please advertise elswhere.

  13. Vowel Movement

    October 2, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    After the Las Vegas shooting and the unselfish actions by both on an off duty Police Officers, some from out of state, I would hope and pray that the misdirected protests iby those in the NFL against police become rightfully extinct. If it continues, all the more reason to not only boycot the games and NFL PRODUCTS BUT THE NFL SPONSORS AS WELL!

  14. Jerry Hart

    October 2, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Grew up in St.Louis drank Budweiser products all my life. Quit drinking their products and the National Felon League on TV first week of this season. When they refused to stand in London I as a100% disabled veteran said I will not buy any product from any company that has advertising on professional football.

  15. Joy Bulle

    October 2, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    800-342-5283 This is the number to Anheuser-Busch. They want to know how you feel about NFL players kneeling during the anthem and if they should continue supporting the NFL through advertisement dollars. With a quick push button survey it’s an automated system and ask if you are calling about NFL and you press 1 and leave a message! Let them know what you think. Feel free to copy and post.
    Make the call……I did!

  16. See Zembry

    October 3, 2017 at 12:12 am

    You say a lot without saying anything or committing to a decision. Your stance has not varied. I didn’t realize that a decision to do the right thing was so time consuming. But when you measure it in dollars and cents, when is enough…enough? What price do you put on Old Glory?

  17. Stacy

    October 3, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Boycott NFL and ALL their sponsors. When the million dollar checks stop cashing, that’s when we will see a change!

  18. Carol

    October 3, 2017 at 1:01 am

    I don’t feel you or any corporation should support the disrespect shown our flag, country, and service members

  19. Karen Burdick

    October 3, 2017 at 1:18 am

    BOYCOTT NFL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Martha Scott

    October 3, 2017 at 1:39 am

    I was a very proud Cowboys fan and my husband was a fan of the Lions, there was always a game on in our house. Not any more. We cancelled all of the sports channels we had.

  21. Sue Campbell

    October 3, 2017 at 1:46 am

    No football! No beer!

  22. William Hacker

    October 3, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Anheuser Busch I firmly and additmately request you stop sponsering the NFL!! YOUR A GREAT AMERICAN ORGANIZATION WHO HAS HELPED MANY AMERICANS THROUGH DONATIONS OF WATER AND SUPPLIES DURING HURRICANES!! BE A PROUD AMERICAN COMPANY AND BOYCOTT THE NFL!!! SINCERELY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND CONSUMERS OF YOUR GREAT BRAND!!!

  23. Jeffrey

    October 3, 2017 at 2:09 am

    I’m in Australia and drink bubweiser and used to watch NFL. Happy to boycott bud also if they continue to support Nfl.

  24. Ron Lilly

    October 3, 2017 at 2:17 am

    The hell with the nfl, big overgrown babies that make a ton of money and then have the nerve to disrespect the American Flag and All it stands for and our Military. I’m not supporting those that fund them in any way.

  25. Lois

    October 3, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Yeah now they have something to say when their brand is in jeopardy. Where were they intitally?

  26. Robert Sampier

    October 3, 2017 at 3:03 am

    If your system crashed because of the response that might tell you the people are angry.Your going to lose customers if you continue your support.What else do you need to know.You lose money supporting Athletes trying to make a Social Statement.Athletes that were pampered in High School,then in College,and then finally the NFL.You got your answer,now it’s on you and your marketing types and how much you may lose.

  27. Tom

    October 3, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Pull your advertisement or I’m changes from Bud Light to Coors Light

  28. Patricia Menke

    October 3, 2017 at 4:09 am

    I will Not support anyone that supports the NFL! The NFL has disrespected our flag and our Country. They can protest all they want. That is their right to do so, but You do Not disrespect our flag in doing it.

  29. Raymond Miller

    October 3, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Proud American career military officer – pull your support now and don’t support in future unless they agree to stand and respect the flag. Other sports supported by true Americans other than NFL.

  30. Jim Evans

    October 3, 2017 at 4:59 am

    I don’t not drink beer, but you should stop sponsoring the NFL.

  31. Jo

    October 3, 2017 at 5:30 am

    I am not a beer drinker but a huge suppoter of our military. Something like this you can’t play both sides. I’d suggest you take a stand for our flag, our anthem and our military. Football players and the league have done this to themselves. Anheuser Busch… it’s time to step away from the NFL sponsorship.

  32. Susan Norris

    October 3, 2017 at 7:19 am

    They need to pull their support !

  33. Julie Healey

    October 3, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I will not use any product that sponsers the NFL.

  34. MARY LOU FOX

    October 3, 2017 at 11:45 am

    please go ahead and cancel your sponsorship for the NFL – they are as unAmerican as possible and anyone who is associated with their nonsense should remove themselves…always loved Budweiser but can find another drink of choice if you continue supporting these morons.

  35. Barbara Perito

    October 3, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I am not a fan of football but I think the players behavior has crossed the line. I salute all Americans who stand for our country through the national anthem. No matter what we are all Americans and should stand together. You football players who cannot do that just leave our country. You have lost all of our respect.

  36. Sharon persinger

    October 3, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I think the nfl is a disgrace to america boycott them they do not respect america or anything america stands for

  37. Morriss Moore

    October 3, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    If they want to continue being “Americas Beer” they must pull all ads on any program that does not show complete and undying patriotism to this country, topping the list of patriotism is complete respect for the flag, the pledge of allegiance and honor for all people who wear a uniform to protect and serve this country!

  38. Al

    October 3, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Boycott Anheuser Bush until they stop NFL sponsorship!!

    Boycott ALL NFL games Sunday November 12th (the Sunday following Veterans Day). Don’t watch or attend. Make and post videos of you burning your tickets and jerseys.

    If you agree please copy & paste or share somehow to get the word out. The NFL is not the place to protest! I watch sports as a way to escape politics and now they rich thugs are ruining that!

    Sent from my iPhone

  39. Jim Turner

    October 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    America is speaking, as a great American Icon you should listen. The NFL thought we would never stop watching football over this. We ask you not to make the same wrong assumption. WE STAND FOR THE FLAG, WE STAND FOR AMERICA. We can drink another beer, may not want to, but we will.

  40. W. R. D.

    October 3, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I drink Bud and a proud Veteran but if they keep sponsoring the NFL and those whining millionaire crybabies I’m done with both. Send them to Canada they can play over there.

  41. Steven D. Kohrt

    October 3, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I have made up my mind that after that kapernick guy did not stand for our flag and national anthem that I would not watch any team that allowed their players to not show respect to our flag nor country. I have a list of teams I will not watch. I also decided that since so many teams and their operations have decided to go along with this disrespect that I will not watch any of these teams for a very long time. If their support comes with endorsements from companies that support this kind of behavior, well then I will not support that company. I used to drink Miller, then switched to Bud Light. I can easily switch back. The QUESTION is is Budwiser going to stand up for our Flag and Country or are they just going to sweep this under the rug and wait it out. Budwiser–ARE YOU A STAND-UP COMPANY or not??

  42. Mitch Mahoney

    October 3, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I add my name to this cause, I will not support the NFL nor will I support any business who does.

  43. Cheryl Deiwert

    October 3, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    There should be RESPECT for our Anthem, Flag and Country and “I STAND” for that! I no longer watch the NFL and will boycott anyone that supports the DISRESPECTFUL behavior of the NFL!

  44. Alma E Gowell

    October 3, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    called and put my 2 cents worth.I am appauled at the hatred these teams are publicly displaying. No more Bud in my family. will ask my grandson to temperarally stop delivery of this beer brands to his store untill this travisity is eliminated!

  45. Monica

    October 3, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    I grew up on San Diego, California military bases. It is despicable how the NFL breast feeds their crybaby players. I will not support the kneeling during our National Anthem.

    I will not buy a product or service that supports the lack of respect to our hard-working police officers and our military personnel and their families.

    Not only has my family and all of my friends shut off NFL football, we will no longer be purchasing 🍺.

  46. mike

    October 3, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    this is my second year not watching the nfl , if the sponsors dont do something, i will also boycott them and spread the word as well

  47. Michael Hoff

    October 3, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    You have chosen the cowards way out by asking opinion before making the right move. Now perhaps you will listen to Americans and pull your ads. Failure to do so makes patriotic Americans choose another product.

  48. mike

    October 3, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    LOL bud isn’t even an american beer anymore. all the profit goes overseas. who care what AB thinks or does. if they want suggestions mine is to stop making CO2 injected alcoholic soda pop that tastes like @@@@. no more bud. and make real beer! and stop using rice in everything they make!

  49. Charlotte Nepow

    October 3, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    The only time one should take a knee, is when they are handing the Flag to a widow or family member! Boycott the NFL & all who support them!

  50. Bridgette Swart

    October 3, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Love my Cowboys but no more NFL on our TV. #BoycottNFL. Just a bunch of over paid Fellonist that want to protest but not want to actually help the cause. Y’all should defiantly not Dponcer them. I promise I will pay my money again and start drinking beer.🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  51. Tim

    October 3, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    What’s the phone number?

  52. Todd Thompson

    October 4, 2017 at 12:01 am

    I didn’t watch any football last weekend. It was great. I have so much more time to do what I want to do. Sitting in front of the TV for 3 hours watching a football game on TV is not healthy. Spending even more time and money to go to a game is even less healthy. Life is better without the NFL

  53. James Fuller

    October 4, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Drop all sponsorship and advertising of NFL games and events.

  54. Leland Earl Whitehouse

    October 4, 2017 at 12:21 am

    It’s a little too little a little too late for Budwiser. Our Country means more to me than them or they wouldn’t make such a wishy washy comment. I have a big party this weekend & I always buy Budwiser not this weekend. You stand up for America or I wont buy your beer.

  55. Mike Andrews

    October 4, 2017 at 12:47 am

    For the past 31 years I have been priveleged to have my home team go to the Superbowl 8 times and win 5 of them. Until my team finds a platform OTHER than their place of employment to air their grievances, and starts showing some GODDAMN RESPECT for our national anthem which pisses off far more people than they seem unable to comprehend, I’m DONE with the NFL. That punk ass bitch Trump t-shirt wearing, pants below his skidmarked ass poster boy of the league sealed the deal for me.

  56. Michelle Pool

    October 4, 2017 at 1:24 am

    Been a loyal Bills fan for 40 years, even went to college in Niagara Falls just to be in “Bills Country” -BUT NO MORE!! -Been a Bud Light drinker since my 1st drink ever- BUT NO MORE!! This insanity needs to stop-I stand for the sacrifices of our soldiers and their families! Thank you for your service! 🇺🇸

  57. Larry Moses

    October 4, 2017 at 1:36 am

    please take your advertising dollars to another American venue. I will follow. Dilly, Dilly.

  58. Larry Moses

    October 4, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Stop the n.f.l.and its players from protesting during games. Dilly,Dilly. Thanks Larry Moses

  59. Brent D

    October 4, 2017 at 1:57 am

    As a Veteran, I am disappointed in the NFL and there overpriced players disrespecting our flag, our national anthem, and our country by not standing for the National Anthem. I am not going to watch any football and I do believe any company that sponsors the NFL has a good chance of bad publicity being associated with them. I will definitely not any products from Anhuser-Busch until you stop sponsoring the NFL. I am very proud American and I hope you make the correct decision and drop your sponsorship.

  60. Wayne Irick

    October 4, 2017 at 2:56 am

    I’m an avid Anhehser Busch consumer. I’m also an American vet. I would most certainly back your company to pull your ads from the NFL. I also believe in free speech, but in the right way. Not by disrespecting the flag or the people who faught to give you the right for free speech. Do it right!!

  61. Marilyn Tarrance

    October 4, 2017 at 10:11 am

    No more sponsorship of the NFL !I love our country and Military and if you support the NFL Iwill no longer support you !

  62. tharlow

    October 4, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I love all your products but if you continue to support the NFL I’m through with your products and will switch to another brand of beer period.

  63. William Macek

    October 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    No Bud for me after many, many years of drinking Bud. I am a Vietnam Veteran and when you support the NFL and what the owners and players are doing, it deeply offends me. I have switched to Yuengling. Great flavor, Americian owned, oldest brewery in the United States. You sold out just like the NFL has

  64. Ruth McHugh

    October 4, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Anheuser-Busch is a great company, you have supported this country and all over the world with all the good works that you do. If you continue to support any function that does not support our country our flag or national anthem, or our veterans, Then I will no longer support you. The NFL is a disgrace for so many reasons. I wouldn’t think a great company like this would want to be involved with anything like NFL players and making them more money.

  65. Jet

    October 4, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I do not drink beer, however; I feel that those who support the NFL and those who would try to bring down our country are just as quilty as the ones that sit down during the Nat’l anthem and/or show any respect the flag and this great country that gives them the freedom to play football and get paid more then they are worth! Bud won’t lose my business but they will lose any respect that I held for their company.

  66. A black veteran

    October 4, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    So now beer is more important than blacks being killed by the police.

  67. Harold Pittenger

    October 4, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Pull your support for the NFL

  68. jon shannon

    October 4, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    I will boycott the nfl and won’t purchase products from the sponsors at all
    and i have burned all of nfl products

  69. Diane

    October 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Pull your advertisement! They don’t deserve the support!

  70. Barb

    October 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    We are talking about the disrespect that the NFL football players, managers and owners have for our Flag. These managers and players are paid big money to manage and PLAY football. The fans go to the games and pay big money for tickets to watch a football game not to watch the disrespect of our flag and the people who have died or been wounded so that these glorified overpaid football players or any sports players for that matter can showboat their own personal feelings. The media is a big part of this also, they play right into the hands of these show boaters. Sponsorships should be pulled from them also. It has to start somewhere pulling any advertisements will hurt the payroll and hurt the players and managers personal pockets. Americans are fed up with all this bull. Let us take a stand and boycott all those who disrespect our Flag and those who fight for our freedom.

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