You Asked For It: Our NFL Sponsor and Advertiser Boycott List

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You, our readers asked for it; here’s our NFL sponsor and advertiser boycott list. In view of the fact that the NFL continues to be stuck on stupid, Apple Pie Americans have decided that the next course of action should be to post a list of NFL advertisers and BOYCOTT the heck out of them! The list below is the 2016 NFL sponsor roster. Most of them are also current advertisers or sponsors as well.

Anheuser-Busch

Barclaycard

US Bose

Bridgestone

Campbell’s Soup Company

Castrol

Courtyard Marriott

Dairy Management, Inc. (Fuel Up to Play 60)

Dannon

Extreme Networks

FedEx

Frito-Lay

Gatorade

Hyundai Motor America

Krispy Kreme

Mars Snackfood

McDonald’s

Microsoft

Nationwide

News America

Papa John’s Pizza

Pepsi

Procter & Gamble

Quaker

Verizon Visa

USAA Insurance

Xfinity Comcast

Licensees

NFL Players Inc. anchor licensees include EA SPORTS, Nike and Panini. 

View a list of current licensees.

Sponsors

Official sponsors of the NFL work with their Partner Services group on the overall planning and integration of NFL players.

View a list current sponsors.

Budweiser considers ending their NFL sponsorship over protests and they want to hear from you!

The company has set up a hotline for fans to call and give their thoughts about the protests and Anheuser-Busch’s sponsorship of the NFL.

The number for the hotline is: 1-800-342-5283

What does the hotline say? When a customer calls the number, they are greeted by a recorded voice that gives them the opportunity to voice their opinions about the protests. “If you are calling with questions or comments about Anheuser-Busch’s sponsorship of the NFL, press one,” the voice says. “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.”

The company also released this statement:

These are complex issues that require in-depth discussions and nuanced debate. What I can say is that 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.

Observing that the NFL and its 32 teams made $1.25 billion from corporate partners last year, Bloomberg said:

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Monday that he hadn’t seen any business impact — positive or negative — in the aftermath of the president’s comments. Regarding sponsors, he said the league speaks constantly with its partners and wasn’t aware of a single one that was worried about the weekend’s events.

There’s little incentive for sponsors to pick sides under the best of circumstances. This instance is especially murky. While the anthem protests by players have turned off some fans, others have soured on football for wholly other political reasons — including solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the player who knelt during the anthem last year and is currently unsigned by an NFL team.

Fans in favor of and against the protests are sharing the same list of NFL sponsors, calling for a total boycott. Hashtags #BoycottNFLSponsors and #PunchThemInTheWallet are circulating on both pro-Trump and pro-player social media. Some fans tweeted directly at the companies, saying they were no longer customers.

Trump said that by walking out of the stadium, and not watching games on TV, fans can force the league’s hand. Implicit in that calculus is the role played by sponsors, which in theory have the financial leverage to force change, though they almost never use it.

“Theoretically,” Bloomberg admitted, “if enough people start turning away from the NFL, its partners may rethink the utility of being associated with America’s richest league. That’s a longshot, Dorfman said. ‘Hard to imagine this affecting the league’s popularity,’ he said. ‘In fact it may make it more popular.'”

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