I see that the Manchester United fans have called a boycott on the team's sponsors to register their displeasure over ManU not being locally owned. The sponsors that will be boycotted are United's main sponsors: Nike, Vodafone, Budweiser, Pepsi, Audi and Fuji. Evidently, they are not boycotting any local sponsors.

I was dumbstruck noticing "Budweiser" on this list. I was under the impression that Budweiser was generally shunned by all but the young and trendy in the UK. I can't imagine a ManU fan ordering a pint of Bud.
My assumption is that they are refusing to purchase a product that they would otherwise refuse to purchase. It seems that it would very difficult to judge the effectiveness of the boycott.

When the initial flap arose over Glazer's ownership of controlling interest in United, there were a number of fears expressed by United fans about what negative effects this ownership might result in. I would think that one of the fears would be that Glazer might go after an American product like Budweiser for sponsorship. It would be an embarrassment for a United fan to participate in anything that promoted something like Budweiser as a beer of choice.

However, it seems that Budweiser was a major sponsor of United before Glazer became involved. Strange people, these Brits.

Tony Cooper
Orlando FL
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However, it seems that Budweiser was a major sponsor of United before Glazer became involved. Strange people, these Brits.

Strange people these ManU supporters, you mean.
Outside their own strange little world, they've attracted largely zilch popular support for their whinging: they've been happy for years for the club to sell out and buy their way to success, and as far as I know, nobody else is shedding any tears for them.

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I see that the Manchester United fans have called a boycott on the team's sponsors to register their displeasure over ... shunned by all but theyoung and trendy in the UK. I can't imagine a ManU fan ordering a pintof Bud.

Actually, Bud is one of the brands favoured by the you-aren't-having-fun-till-you've-puked-your-ring crowd. That tendency don't tend to hold leading positions in the Campaign for Real Ale. So, yes, I reckon a boycott by Man U supporters would be noticed, if anybody gives a flying one.

Mike.
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However, it seems that Budweiser was a major sponsor of United before Glazer became involved. Strange people, these Brits.

Bud sponsors anything that'll let it. Constant advertising is the only way they can get anyone over here to drink it.
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However, it seems that Budweiser was a major sponsor of United before Glazer became involved. Strange people, these Brits.

Bud sponsors anything that'll let it. Constant advertising is the only way they can get anyone over here to drink it.

That's nonsense, not surprisingly. We see far more adverts from the Guinness makers here than from Anheuser Busch, yet more and more young people are preferring lighter beers these days, horrible Budweiser included. If the same is true in the UK, I wouldn't be surprised. As for Bud, people wouldn't drink the stuff day in and day out if they didn't prefer it over other brands, no matter what the adverts say. Adverts can do little more than entice the viewer, reader, or listener to try a product for the first time.
There is no accounting for taste; it's as simple and as complicated as that.

Charles Riggs
I reckon a boycott by Man U supporters would be noticed, if anybody gives a flying one.

For the latest on this flap, see a long article at http://soccernet.espn.go.com/headlinenews?id=334675&cc=5901 . `
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I reckon a boycott by Man U supporters would be noticed, if anybody gives a flying one.

For the latest on this flap, see a long article at http://soccernet.espn.go.com/headlinenews?id=334675&cc=5901 . `

Protest organizations are notoriously stupid about their expectations. The group in this article suggest that anti-Glazer people dump their Nike apparel in bins as a sign of protest. They don't seem to recognize that Nike apparel is terribly expensive and people just aren't going to chuck out a $150 pair of shoes to make a point.

The Southern Baptist Convention recently called off their boycott of DisneyWorld. The boycott, started because Disney is decent to gays, has been in effect for several years. The boycott was not called off because Disney has heeded the message and become unfriendly to gays, but because Baptist families kept going to DisneyWorld despite the boycott because the families enjoy the experience.

Tony Cooper
Orlando FL
I reckon a boycott by Man U supporters would be noticed, if anybody gives a flying one.

For the latest on this flap, see a long article at http://soccernet.espn.go.com/headlinenews?id=334675&cc=5901 .

Yes. But it'll fizzle out in a few months. People like watching sports, and will go on doing so. The only thing which could, I think, make a change would be if a club were to try to turn itself into a totally show-biz outfit with no connection to the established competitions, playing only exhibition games like that strange wrestling thing; I don't really see how that could be successful, and the fans would certainly desert a club which tried. `

Mike.
Yes. But it'll fizzle out in a few months. People like watching sports, and will go on doing so. The ... I don't really see how that could be successful, and the fans would certainly desert a club which tried. `

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