Since plenty of time has past and you are indicating by your complete lack of action that overpaid kids can have an acting-out display during the National Anthem, I think maybe you need some ‘reminding’ of a few things:
1) They are your employees.
2) Employees are usually forbidden from actions that cast their employer in a bad light while at work. (Sometimes even when not at work).
3) Their sitting / kneeling / whatevering-to-show-disrespect-and-anger during the anthem is putting YOU in a very bad light.
4) Viewers and ticket buyers are there to be a customer and buy entertainment. This isn’t entertaining.
5) Your customers can go elsewhere for entertainment. Lots and lots of elsewhere…
Now ponder those bits for just a while, and think up the rational conclusions. I’ll wait…
So here’s the deal. I don’t watch football to have reality thrust in my face. I watch it to ESCAPE all the crap in the world. Your employees are shoving crap in my face. Someone making more money per game than I will make in a lifetime, complaining about how he is discriminated against? Really? What a bad joke by an overpaid adolescent personality that hasn’t learned to grow up and be an adult. He plays GAMES for a living, after all.
So here’s the rest of the deal:
Since I don’t tune in to be preached at, nor have realty shoved in my face, but to watch a quite NON-POLITICAL game, and since you are not providing it anymore, I’m not going to tune in. Nor buy a ticket. As long as you are fine with the crap, my hard earned money can go for a tailgate party at the park, a wonderful minor-league game (where so far they still know to entertain, not make “political statements”) or even just a great get together with friends at the BBQ / pool / whatever. I’ll catch the score later, maybe…
Now, since sometimes you end up on a broadcast via channel flipping and before you can leave realize you’ve seen an advertisement, or it pops up on the nightly news, I’m also going to stop buying any product I happen to stumble on as advertising at NFL games (or any other sport stupid enough to let their employees insult their customers and make “political statements” while at work).
I don’t know what those are at the moment, but since GM and Bud seem to always advertise at NFL games, those are off the buy list from the start. GM is easy to spot, since they ditched a lot of their brands. Bud is harder, since they are a ‘roll up’ of many other beer makers. Just to make it easy for others who might want to join in on this, I’m going to list the Bud brands that I know of below.
When will I come back? Who knows. Maybe never if I find out I like some other sport better. When I hear on the nightly news that this whole farce of political games is done and someone got their ass fired, I will likely tune in at least once just to check the truth of it.
The Bud Bunch
I know you are not American anymore, so don’t give a damn about things like our National Anthem. But do realize that we ARE still American, and some of us (a lot of us) do care. You have chosen to endorse and supply an agency that is deliberately using national TV to push a political agenda and a point of view that is intended to antagonize most of the audience. I don’t think that reflects well at all on your company and your company ethics. I buy beer from beer making companies, not from political action committees nor from ‘community organizers’.
Since you are electing to support (and in fact make money from) such activities, that do annoy me, and millions of others, I see no reason to support you (and thus indirectly fund this annoyance) through buying your product(s).
It is really a very easy thing to do, as there are many beers as good or much better on the market. Oh, and since I won’t be in the bleachers, your local monopoly in the stands is not going to help you any.
Sam Adams is a small, all American, beer maker. Widely distributed and with a load of variety. They also make really good real beer. So my ‘default’ will be Sam, for the duration. Perhaps even longer. Once a habit gets set, well, it tends to stay a long time. I’m also fond of Coors (no, not the Lite crap, their normal lager – though harder to find sometimes). Though your recent purchase of SABMILLER (which includes them) makes it uninteresting too. Finally, if worse comes to worse, there are some truly wonderful imports (real imports, not the “used to be imports now made in the Bud Mega Factory near me and no longer quite the same” from your rollups). Lagunitas is a local micro-brewer with very good Pilsner (that tastes a bit closer to IPA to me, but I like IPA) and
Pilsner Urquel is to die for (though sometimes hard to find). (It looks like Miller bought them at some point, and now Bud bought Miller. Damn. Well, Radeberger is just as good.). In short, not a lot of hard times finding a beer not made by you. Heck, I’ve even liked the occasional can of Pabst, despite the low price on it!
So for now at least, you and GM are on the top of the “Not Buying It” list of my “don’t fund people who hate me” process.
Enjoy your day… I have to go beer shopping for later… when the NHL Hockey channel is having a ‘countdown’ of their best historical games. Chips, dips, Sam & Hockey. Works for me!
A hopefully exhaustive list of Budweiser labels in the USA. I’ve not gone down the whole South American list, as I don’t drink South American beers anyway. Corona is the big one in that group, and being made with corn causes me “issues” due to my corn allergy. They claim these are different beers, but many of them have little difference.
Their main site claims:
portfolio of well over 200 beer brands continues to forge strong connections with consumers.
So they have a well consolidated near-monopoly in many parts of the world. (IMHO, ought to be broken up… oligopoly is not good for consumers). I’m not going to list their less common brands, but if not sure, make sure your beer is from some other stock ticker or microbrewery by checking their ownership.
Bud Light Family
Michelob ULTRA Family
Bass and Boddingtons
Bud Light Lime Lime A Rita Family
Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider
Hurricane Malt Liquor
Hurricane High Gravity
Michelob Golden Draft and Michelob Golden Draft Light,
ZiegenBock, brewed especially for Texas,
Kokanee is a Canadian Pilsner style Lager brewed in Western Canada.
Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe
Redbridge is a sorghum/gluten-free beer
Wild Blue is a specialty fruit-infused lager.
Sorry to see Kirin on the list. I was a good beer once… Oh Well, Sapporo is just as good or maybe better.
The SAB / Miller / Coors set:
Since they run all of them together, I’m not sorting out the S.A. ones.
Club (several varieties)
Coors (sob… mergered with Miller with the argument it was so it could compete with Bud, now mergered again)
Fosters (another sad one. Once loved it. Last time I had it, just another bland lager…)
Green Mill Cider
Grolsch (that’s a hard one to not buy… but I’ll do it.)
Hamm’s ( I wondered what ever happened to Hamm’s… )
Miller (many types)
Olde English 800 Malt
Pilsen (as a brand)
Pilsner Urquel (GASP! It’s gone to the dark side! I’ve updated the body of the posting!!)