Here’s what the major sponsor has to say about the rumors circulating.
Rumors have been circulating online regarding Anheuser-Busch’s sponsorship status with the NFL following the protests that have been taking place during the national anthem.
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A spokesman for the company has addressed everything.
Here’s the full statement, from ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Rumor circulating about intent of Anheuser-Busch customer phone line and status of its NFL sponsorship is false.
“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.
The Anheuser-Busch phone line has always been available for consumer inquiries on a variety of topics, but we are not conducting a survey regarding our NFL sponsorship.
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. We have no plans to end our NFL sponsorship.”
—Matt Kohan, Anheuser-Busch, Senior Director, Marketing Communications:
Annheuser-Busch’s sponsorship deal with the NFL is massive. In 2015, it was renewed for roughly $250 million a season.