Friday, August 14, 2009

More Contact Info for Philadelphia Eagles Sponsors


Oddly enough, the Eagles seem to have removed the list of corporate sponsors from their website. Fortunately... teh Google, I haz it. Let's get straight to the festivities using the current information from the Eagles' website. Links go to contact information/form whenever possible.

VERY IMPORTANT: Don't be rude. It's not likely the Eagles consulted their sponsors prior to signing Michael Vick, so this is pain they did not invite upon themselves. Simply let them know, politely but firmly, that you cannot use their products/services while they provide financial backing for the Eagles.

Got additional contact info? Twitter? Let us know in the comments.

First and foremost, don't forget to contact the Philadelphia Eagles themselves.

LARGEST SPONSOR/STADIUM NAMING RIGHTS:
Lincoln National
Twitter: Unknown

MAJOR ("FOUNDING") SPONSORS:
94 WYSP Radio
Twitter

MillerCoors (Miller Lite)
Twitter

Sovereign Bank (Note: link from Eagles website is INCORRECT.)
Twitter: Unknown

Acme Markets
Twitter: Unknown

NovaCare
Twitter: Unknown

US Airways
Twitter (may not be monitored, only 3 tweets)

Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser)
Twitter (may not be monitored, last tweet 2007, also account InBev but no tweets)

Pepsi
Twitter

Verizon Wireless
Twitter (VZW has many feeds)
UPDATE: Verizon's customer support line says that concerns should be directed to Stephen.schwed@verizonwireless.com.

OTHER SPONSORS:
7-Eleven
Twitter
NOTE: Updated 8/21 with new contact form.

AAA
Twitter: Unknown

AFLAC
Twitter (Be warned - you're tweeting to a spokes-duck)

Best Buy
Twitter

CJ's Tire
Twitter: Unknown

Chrysler Note: Chrysler also owns Jeep, but because they are listed as separate sponsors I will include contact information for both.
Twitter

Jeep
Twitter: Unknown

Comcast (Note: link provided by Eagles' site is incorrect)
Twitter

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Twitter

Dietz and Watson
Twitter (They pay someone to tweet about cold cuts?)

Dunkin' Donuts
Twitter

Gatorade
Twitter

Geico
Twitter: Unknown

Heineken (Not a direct link to contact form, site uses frames. Ugh.)
Twitter (May not be monitored, no tweets since June)

Idearc Media
Twitter (May not be monitored, no tweets)

Independence Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Twitter: Unknown

Taco Bell/KFC
Twitter

Mastercard
Twitter

Motorola
Twitter

Papa John's
Twitter

Pepcid
Twitter (Note: J&J/Merck makes Pepcid)

The Original Philadelphia Cheesesteak Co.
Twitter: Unknown

PA Lottery
Twitter: Unknown

Philly.com/Inquirer/Daily News
Twitter

The American Red Cross (Note: what the hell is the Red Cross doing using donations to sponsor a football team?)
Twitter
UPDATE: The Red Cross has been removed from the Eagles' list of sponsors on their site. However, we have no confirmation from the Red Cross that they have withdrawn sponsorship, so until then... game on.
UPDATE: A spokesman for the Red Cross says that they were listed on the sponsors page by mistake. This would certainly makes sense given that charities don't usually sponsor football teams and god knows there were lots of other mistakes on that Eagles' sponsors page, including links that are downright wrong. So it looks like the Red Cross is off the list. They do have blood drives in conjunction with the Eagles but I do not believe they provide financial support to the Eagles, and I don't see any problem with the Eagles hosting blood drives!

RE/MAX
Twitter

Rite Aid
Twitter: Unknown

SCA North America
Email: info.northamerica@sca.com
Twitter: Unknown

Snapple
Twitter

Splenda
Twitter: Unknown

Tastykake
Twitter: Unknown
Note: Tastykake is a known friend to animals and also a sponsor of the PSPCA. I feel badly that the Eagles sprung this on them.

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Twitter: Unknown

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Twitter: Unknown

TicketMaster/TicketExchange
Twitter

Waste Management
Email: cseasternpa@wm.com
Twitter: Unknown



UPDATE: Have found some media sources that list Staples and Canon as sponsors - can anyone provide confirmation of this? I have confirmed that Staples used to but have no confirmation of current sponsorship. Canon's sponsor web page does not list the Eagles.

UPDATE: Twitter Tip!
When using Twitter to contact companies, don't start your tweet with their address, put it a little further in. This way all of your followers see the tweet, which helps more people discover the boycott.

This tweet will be seen just by Pepsi:
@pepsi Please reconsider your support for the Eagles, I will not be buying any Pepsi while you sponsor them.

This tweet will be seen by Pepsi and all of your followers as well:
Hey @pepsi, please reconsider your support for the Eagles, I will not be buying any Pepsi while you sponsor them.

And finally... hug your dogs today. Help some less fortunate ones by volunteering for your local shelter or rescue group (who could probably find a use for any products made by the companies above that you'd like to get out of your house). Please consider donating to groups you respect with the money you won't be spending with Eagles' sponsors!

28 Comments:

Blogger mb. said...

thanks for pointing me to the cached corp sponsors page!

6:12 AM  
Blogger YesBiscuit! said...

Who they think they're messin' wit?!

6:41 AM  
Blogger -J. said...

Just fixed the MillerCoors link, sorry 'bout that.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Voyager said...

Great job, John! It's good to see someone helping to expose these fools. Time for me to get emailing and calling those companies!

~Dave in Concord
PS Love Best Friends; volunteered there twice.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Voyager said...

Whew! Just emailed a bunch of the companies you listed, with this simple message: "I regret to say that I will no longer buy any of your products until you either stop sponsoring the Philadelphia Eagles, or they get rid of Michael Vick. I want nothing to do with any company that sponsors a convicted dog torturer and killer like Vick. Thank you."
It was easy to cut and paste it into each company's form, but man, some of them are a pain to write to! They ask for your life's story.... but it was worth it. Now we'll see what they say to their beloved Eagles...

12:00 AM  
Blogger Albert A Rasch said...

John linking with a comment at the TROC.

Albert

6:29 AM  
Blogger YesBiscuit! said...

Many Twitter users start their reply with a . simply to make sure the tweet is seen by all their followers and not just the user being replied to. HEY works too of course but the . leaves you more available characters which is like Twitter gold!

7:13 AM  
Blogger -J. said...

An excellent point, thanks!

9:16 AM  
Blogger Nikki Craft said...

Hi, We support the Eagles sponsors boycott and we will boycott anything with the Michael Vick name attached to it. We are writing to share this information with you that you might not be aware of and that is that the *one* entity responsible for Michael Vick returning to the NFL is the Humane Society of the United States and International. If they say it's not appropriate for Vick to stay in football then he goes in October. That is an out that we need to show them is the easiest route for them to go; the only one. While you are writing letters to the corporate sponsors please mention that you are boycotting the Humane Society as well. And also when you can include the urls reproduced below.

I hope you will join us in our boycott against the Humane Society and please do share these urls with your friends and network as long as HSUS is a representative for Michael Vick.

Here's our FB group.
Boycott the Humane Society, the NFL, all their sponsors & Michael Vick!
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=108049904101

[HSUS} Riding on Vick’s Bloodstained Coattails
http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=1768

http://www.boycottthehumanesociety.org

3:24 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

I'm #eagles boycott on all my tweets, as well, wouldn't it be great to have it a trending topic? I've facebooked, and blogged about it: http://ArtAndAnimals.blogspot.com.

Any plans for a demonstration in Center City?

4:46 PM  
Blogger George said...

I'm hoping the macro of the dog saying he has never seen anything so stupid is aimed at the people who actually claim they are going to boycott a football team for hiring a football player. If Newport News McDonald's had hired him would you be protesting McDonald's and anyone associated with it? I hope so, so that everyone would see just how stupid you all really are. You all are probably the idiots who believe that Obama is a Secret Kenyan Muslin or that the governemnt health care is a death panel coming to kill your grandmothers.

7:42 PM  
Blogger -J. said...

Don't feed the trolls. :)

7:51 PM  
Blogger bob_ross38 said...

Also Albertson's, AIG, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, Lincoln Financial Group, Daimler Chrysler Corp. Exxon Mobile Corp., Gatorade, Jeep, MBNA, Miller Brewing Co., Modell's Sporting Goods, Peco Energy, Verizon Communications, Staples, University of Pennsylvania, Sovereign Bancorp Inc.,

We the fans have a voice and it is with our wallets. It is, after all, the only thing these people understand. Enough Sponsors leave because they are losing business and all of a sudden it is not economically feasible for them to keep Vick. Some people, on the other hand, would sell their souls for that Lombardi Trophy.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

My mother just decided to purchase a digital camera. I urged her not to purchase it at Best Buy-a corporate sponsor of The Eagles.

I will not be purchasing any Pepsi products, or buy my coffee at Dunkin Donuts.

etc etc etc

I received a 4% paycut this year while Michael Vick is being showered with millions...

7:39 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Micheal Vick attended his empathy class high on marijuana (he was tested that day). Yeah, he feels real bad about what he did.

The dog in this video has more empathy than Michael Vick...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXXaRECHHT4

8:21 AM  
OpenID obxpuparazzi said...

I spent Sunday contacting the companies that do business in my area. So far, I've gotten a few responses: Gatorade thinks the NFL knows what it is doing & will continue support; Rite Aid states that "it is not their place to comment on who the team chooses"; The American Red Cross gushed about how much attention the NFL draws to their mission (I'm wondering if it is a violation of the 501 certification for them to be advertising the charity this way); and I got the nicest response from Budweiser, who restated their commitment to animal welfare and promised to take public opinion into account.

I returned 2 fridge packs of Pepsi to the store & took home Coke instead. When my AAA & GEICO policies expire soon, I will be changing companies.

While I can't change sponsors' minds or the NFL or Eagles, I can choose to support other companies without the baggage of sponsoring Vick directly or indirectly.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Pam Ernest said...

Best Buy said it will continue to support The Eagles and Michael Vick. I will not be stepping foot in that store again.

2:12 PM  
Blogger -J. said...

Everyone please feel free to post reactions you've received from companies you have contacted - very helpful!

We ARE being noticed - I can tell you from my server logs that some of the companies mentioned have been checking in. Keep it up!

6:53 PM  
Blogger -J. said...

News: Red Cross says they were never a sponsor, had themselves removed from sponsor list.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/32446643

7:52 PM  
Blogger mrblonde said...

It is disgusting that the Eagles gave Vick a $7 million contract only weeks after being released! Verizon should pull its sponsorship immediately and I have organized a boycott of Verizon until they do which anybody can join here - http://www.boycottowl.com/Verizon+Wireless/7

6:10 AM  
OpenID obxpuparazzi said...

Update on the sponsors I contacted:
Chrysler basically said it was all about the $$, they have no plans to change. Johnson & Johnson "has no say" over what the team does (DUH! support another team, idiots!). And Miller/Coors says they "only sponsor the events the team plays in".

So most of them are resorting to the weasel dance of trying to avoid doing anything. They can all stick it where the sun don't shine.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Random Guess said...

From the Eagles webpage "
It was an extraordinary weekend, right up through the 60 Minutes interview in which Michael Vick came off as caring, extremely remorseful and a better man for the experience of spending 18 months in jail and emerging with a chance to turn around his life..."

I didn't get that from the interview. Not picking up the remorse vibe....

4:17 PM  
Blogger -J. said...

Got this via email from a person without comment access:

My letter to sponsors:

As a customer of yours, I'm writing to urge you to discontinue your sponsorship of the Philadelphia Eagles. I understand that as a sponsor, it was not your choice for the Eagles to sign Michael Vick. However, anyone who continues to support this franchise will be sending a message that this type of behavior is acceptable.
While I can understand that most people deserve a 2nd chance, I cannot say that Mr. Vick falls into that category. The level and length of the cruelties he inflicted upon those animals is not something that should be rewarded with a multi-million dollar contract.
I have faith that you as a responsible corporation will do the right thing, so for the time being we will continue purchasing your product, please do not let us down or make us rethink our loyalty to you.
Respectfully,
[redacted]

And the responses:


customerassist@chrysler.com
Dear [redacted]:

Thank you for contacting the Chrysler Customer Assistance Center
Regarding your comments on sponsorship for Philadelphia Eagles.

We appreciate the time and effort you have taken to express your
concerns and comments with regard to sponsorship of professional sports
events with specific players.

Many variables are utilized when deciding where informational product
advertisements are shown. Like other companies and auto manufacturers,
the brands of Chrysler Group LLC advertise using a variety of
programming, as well as both print and web-based mediums, to reach broad audiences.

The quantity of viewers and demographic of the audience most often
determines if an event or a program is a candidate for sponsorship. In
fact, as a company we buy advertising time on NFL programming and
decisions about specific players do not factor into the long-term
agreements.

Dealers may advertise or otherwise support specific teams in their local
market; as is their right as independent, franchised businesses. Sports
teams with high TV viewership are most often chosen.

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with us.

Your opinion is very important and your dissatisfaction has been noted.
We appreciate that you brought this matter to our attention and value
your concerns.

When issues of this nature are brought to our attention, they are
investigated by our marketing and communications group and addressed in
an appropriate way.

Thanks again for your email. Have a nice day.

Sincerely,

Rose Adams
Customer Service Representative
Chrysler Customer Assistance Center

11:56 PM  
Blogger -J. said...

Pt II:


crobinson@riteaid.com
[redacted],

It is not our place to comment on whom the team chooses to play.

Corey
Customer Support


(I responded back to him that it was no longer his place where I’d be spending my money! Definitely a fail on Rite Aid’s part!)



DialBud@anheuser-busch.com

[redacted],
Thank you for contacting Anheuser-Busch regarding the Philadelphia Eagles’ recent signing of Michael Vick. We always appreciate hearing from the public even when it comes in the form of constructive criticism.

Although our relationship with the team existed long before the signing, your comments have been noted; and will be kept in mind as consider our plans for the remainder of 2009 and beyond.

As a company, please be assured that Anheuser-Busch cares about animal rights. We have spent more than a century developing our reputation in this area and have taken a leadership role in animal protection, animal rescue and rehabilitation, and wildlife habitat preservation. Our company is a major sponsor of organizations such as the Wildlife Habitat Council, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Ducks Unlimited among others. Throughout the years we have partnered with and contributed millions of dollars in support of conservation and wildlife programs. Consider the following:

ß Since 1970, Anheuser-Busch’s SeaWorld and Busch Gardens adventure parks have rescued more than 14,000 animals, many injured or ill due to human causes. In addition, the non-profit SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund was recently launched to expand these efforts. Since 2003, the Fund has given $3.5 million to 286 projects in more than 60 countries.

ß Eight Anheuser-Busch facilities have obtained Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) certification for managing company-owned lands for the benefit of wildlife. Anheuser-Busch employees volunteer countless hours to ensure that the facility lands are managed with wildlife in mind.

As we take the concerns of our consumers very seriously, we thank you again for sharing your thoughts on this issue. In addition, we hope that you have a better understanding about our commitment and reputation for treating animals with respect, and more importantly, our commitment to the unwavering principles of responsibility in all that we do.

Sincerely,

Your Friends at Anheuser-Busch

11:57 PM  
Blogger -J. said...

Pt III:

Rossi, Catherine CRossi@aaamidatlantic.com

TO: [redacted] [redacted]
I wanted to acknowledge your email asking AAA to reconsider its corporate support for the Philadelphia Eagles. We understand and appreciate the concerns you express regarding the decision to sign player Michael Vick. You take a very reasoned and respectable position.
AAA Mid-Atlantic has been an Eagles corporate partner for two years. We are trusting in the statement of the Eagles’ President Mr. Joseph Banner - he expects Michael Vick to be a proactive role model on and off the field. NFL Commissioner Goodell, who has a reputation for being very hard on players’ off-the-field conduct, stated that at no time has he EVER been more confident that a player had changed his ways and turned his life around than he is now regarding Michael Vick.
The Humane Society of the United States is working with Michael Vick. As we understand it, he will be making personal appearances in the Philadelphia area to help prevent dog-fighting activity and has committed to speaking to young people to help them avoid the mistakes he made.
As a membership organization AAA Mid-Atlantic recognizes its obligation to gauge all feedback, both negative and positive, from its members. AAA members, like you, rightfully expect that AAA will carefully and fully consider their concerns appropriately. Please know that we are tracking member feedback and your concern is duly noted.
Sincerely,
Cathy Rossi _ Catherine L. Rossi _ Manager, Public and Government Affairs _ AAA Mid-Atlantic _ 302.299.4424 office




ConsumerRelations@cr.gatorade.com
[redacted]:

Thanks for contacting us and letting us know your feelings about Michael Vick. As you may know, Gatorade does not have an individual sponsorship relationship with him.

The NFL has said that Mr. Vick has been reinstated to the league on a conditional basis and will be considered for full reinstatement in October based on the progress he makes in his transition plan. As sponsors of the NFL, we have the utmost confidence that the senior leadership at the NFL will continue to appropriately address this issue.

Please be assured that your comments will be shared with the appropriate individuals at Gatorade as we take the utmost pride in our sponsorships, whether with an athlete, team, or organization such as the NFL.

Meredith
Gatorade Consumer Relations

11:58 PM  
Blogger -J. said...

Pt IV:
publicinquiry@usa.redcross.org

Dear [redacted],

Thank you for contacting the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross and the Philadelphia Eagles have had a great working relationship for over two years that focuses on hosting blood drives that support our mission. The Eagles help the Red Cross raise awareness about the need for lifesaving blood by sponsoring and promoting blood drives in the Philadelphia area. In addition, the team promotes visibility of the local Red Cross chapter at various community events.

Our organization is not involved with management decisions made by the Philadelphia Eagles. At no time have the Eagles informed the Red Cross or solicited our views on aspects of their business operations.

Sincerely,

American Red Cross Public Inquiry

The American Red Cross empowers ordinary people to perform extraordinary acts in emergency situations. We train. We mobilize. We connect donors and volunteers to those in urgent need of a helping hand. Whether it is a hurricane or a heart attack; a call for blood or a call for help, the American Red Cross is there. Together, we can transform a life in crisis into a life of hope.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.


Marks, Paige PMarks@selectmedicalcorp.com

Thank you for your e-mail and for sharing your thoughts on this situation. We value your feedback and take your comments very seriously.
Sincerely,
NovaCare Rehabilitation

Dietz & Watson Sales sales@dietzandwatson.com

“Michael Vick’s actions were reprehensible and cannot be condoned. He was appropriately punished for what he did. That said, as a family business, we were moved by Coach Reid’s comments about his own family situation and the importance of second chances in people’s lives. While this is a new development, our partnership with the Eagles goes back nearly a decade. It is our intention to continue our Hometown Heroes program with the Eagles for the 2009 season. To suddenly end that partnership would deny Eagles fans the opportunity to publicly recognize and salute the brave men and women in the military who serve our nation with honor.”

11:58 PM  
Blogger -J. said...

Pt V:

consumerrelations@cr.pepsi.com

Dear [redacted],

Thank you for contacting Pepsi-Cola Company. We certainly appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts with us.

As you may know, Pepsi does not have a relationship with Michael Vick. In fact, we have never worked with this individual. However, we do agree with the NFL that Michael Vick’s illegal activities, for which he was convicted in 2007, were cruel and degrading.

The NFL has said that Mr. Vick has been reinstated to the league on a conditional basis and will be considered for full reinstatement in October based on the progress he makes in his transition plan. As sponsors of the NFL, we have the utmost confidence that the senior leadership at the NFL will continue to appropriately address this issue.

Once again, many thanks for contacting us and please be assured that your comments have been shared with the appropriate individuals within the Company.


Pepsi Consumer Relations


Comcast ECARE ecare@comcast.com

Dear Ms. [redacted],

Thank you so much for your email. We appreciate you making us aware of
your position.

Thank you for choosing Comcast.

Sincerely,


Comcast Customer Care Specialist


onlinebill@geicomail.com

Dear [redacted],

Thank you for your email request.

Thank you for sharing your concerns with us. Let me assure you that we value your opinion and your business.

We purchase our advertising through a national media buyer and it appears on television stations and radio stations throughout the entire country. GEICO has no contract with any specific show, station, or channel. GEICO does not take positions or endorse opinions on stations where our advertising is run.

GEICO has long been, and continues to be, an insurer for everyone. As with any large national insurance company, our customer base is comprised of individuals who represent virtually every position on every issue. We support the first amendment rights of our policyholders and we strive to provide them with exceptional customer service, without regard to their views and beliefs.


Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

GEICO would love the opportunity to handle all of your insurance needs. Whether you own or rent your home, call our Property Sales department for a quote at 1-800-566-1435.

Thank you for using GEICO's online services, and for insuring with GEICO. Your business is appreciated!

Sincerely,

Peter Gordon

GEICO Internet Service Representative

11:59 PM  
Blogger This is me. said...

OH God! Living without Taco Bell and Miller Lite will be difficult. But if I must...I WILL do it.

Thank you for the list of sponsors. This blog is super informative!

2:03 PM  

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