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19 August 2009

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Original Lori

Gah, Dunkin Donuts....and SPLENDA are the hardest for me. Well, people have lived without more important things. My office mate and I are getting a bit of flak for opting out of the football pool this year, too. Who knew a choice not to spend $1 a week would make us the subject of office gossip.

Anne T

Teva Pharmaceuticals? The same company that makes generic propofol and other veterinary drugs that Christie mentioned recently as being in trouble with the FDA?

How truly fitting they'd be a sponsor for the Eagles.

mikken

Pepsi wrote me back, saying that they are confident that the NFL will handle things appropriately. I let them know that Pepsi products are not going to be in my house as long as they support the Eagles/Vick. I was polite and told them that I knew they had no input on the decision, but I can't in good conscience buy their products.



I wrote to others, too - haven't heard back yet, but keep those letters coming, folks.

Steve

What Vick did was despicable and vile, but blaming the Eagles for signing him is silly in my opinion. The NFL reinstated him, blame them.

Chris Vanby

My husband and I both wrote every sponsor of the Philidelphia Eagles stating that we will no longer purchase their products (I don't drink soda and I don't drink beer which helps in those two areas) while Michael Vick is a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. I wrote the Eagles franchise and also the NFL. Hopefully, someone will get the picture that we are tired of sports figures being above the law in human decentcy.

Susan Fox

Oh, darn. We don't patronize any of the sponsors, except for watching SF Giants games on Comcast Sportsnet. But we don't pay for that, so I guess I'm off the hook, right? ;0)

Mary Eisenhart

Just sent this to Taco Bell:



Dear Taco Bell:



I love your food and have probably spent an average of $10 a week at Taco Bell over the last 40 years.



However, it has come to my attention that Taco Bell is a sponsor of the Philadelphia Eagles, who just signed Michael Vick. Taco Bell's decision to lend financial support to an organization whose greed is such that it will sign a sadistic unrepentant torturer of dogs because he has football skills has lost you my business.



Should Taco Bell drop its sponsorship, I'll be back. But as long a you give money to the team who gives money to Michael Vick, there will be no more Taco Bell at my house, much as it pains me to give it up. I'm not going to be complicit in Vick's crimes by virtue of my food choices.



Thank you.



Mary Eisenhart

Mary Eisenhart

Yeah, the only one I patronize at all is Taco Bell, and it's really going to hurt to give up my runs to the border, but it's a small price to pay to avoid collusion in this obscenity.

Leslie K

Therese has a bunch of them listed on her blog also. Anyone in this area getting tired of seeing sick Vick get so much airtime on the news ? If I have see that evil smirk of his as he says he's sorry once more I'm probably going to throw something through the tv !

Mary Eisenhart

Hm, actually, I think it would be a swell idea to hold the Red Cross's feet to the fire on this also, as they seem to be a sponsor.

Cindy

It doesnt really always matter that you do not buy from them, however the letters can make as much of a difference... I sent letters to each company giving my stance and I most definitely do not buy from them, but I informed them I would no longer be making any purchases...

retrieverman

They should have had a filter that keeps out search engines.



Of course, that would've required careful consideration of the facts, which is something they didn't do when they signed Mr. Vick.



I'm getting a kick out of him telling about his experiences in prison-- he was crying and all. Well, sometimes people make terrible choices, and there are consequences. Sometimes these consequences take away privileges for life. In many states, you can't vote if you're a felon,and I think in just about all of them, you can't carry a gun. I don't see why it's so bad that one of the consequences of Vick's actions is that he would no longer have the opportunity to become a football star.



I hope there is redemption for someone like him. I'm sure he didn't have the best childhood, and I'm sure that he did work hard to achieve what he has. And he through that all away. However we should not simply forget his transgressions.

Nancy Freedman-Smith CPDT

I LOVE you guys! I wrote to all the sponsors that I use from the list the first night it came out. So far the only one who has answered is Miller/Coors. It was a nice letter and told me they are looking into it. #byebyeGeico #byebyePepsi #byebyeBudweiser #byebyeDunkin Donuts and I will miss you most #Bestbuy.

mikken

Sorry Steve, the NFL can reinstate him, doesn't mean someone has to take him. Imagine if he was reinstated and no one touched him - wouldn't that help get the message across that the teams don't want monsters in their lineups?



The Eagles made a choice. It was a bad one. No excuses for them.

mary francis

Pet Connection is the best - thanks for all the info - I will write my letters as well - also I read the article regarding the Vickster by Houlihan on Raised by Wolves - great writer that one -

Nancy Freedman-Smith CPDT

YES! That completely and utterly tasteless shirt. I just threw up in my mouth again.

catmom5

Anything to make a buck, I guess . . . it shows exactly what's important to the NFL! Guess morals and integrity aren't it!

Verde

As a school teacher, I can't help but think what kind of example this sets for our young people who tend to idolize sports figures. Makes me sick to my stomach thinking of the lessons they are learning!

The OTHER Pat

Of course they do. The same ones in a rush to forgive him so he can play since "he didn't do anything wrong".

Liz Palika

Letters and email written - with great joy! smile....

Gina Spadafori

My brother says they're talking about that shirt on sports talk radio. A lot of sports fans think it's "funny."

John

You mean... this t-shirt?



http://tinyurl.com/la3o36



Completely and utterly tasteless.



Thanks for the link, Christie!

The OTHER Pat

At the moment, Dick's Sporting Goods is not selling Vick jerseys:



http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/9961314/Dick%27s-won%27t-stock-Vick-jerseys?GT1=39002



It's good that they're not selling the jerseys, but they're not exactly taking an ironclad stand. From the article:



"Right now we don't know how much of a demand there is for" the jersey, Dick's chief marketing officer, Jeff Hennion, said in a prepared statement. "If there is a demand for it, we'll sell it."



And then further down we see the effect of the laundering job done by the HSUS:



"But just to have Michael Vick's name on the back is not an issue," Aiello said. "Vick is working with the Humane Society and speaking out for the proper treatment of animals, so we don't see a problem."



It's not the first place I've seen someone comment something along the lines of "But everything's okay now - he's working with the HUMANE Society!"



Yuck!

Nancy Freedman-Smith CPDT

Someone on twitter posted an NFL link for a $39.95 dog football Vick Eagles shirt. I can't find it again, so i am not sure if it really was NFL, if it is....

Nancy Freedman-Smith CPDT

Just to be cleear, the dog was wearing it

Leslie K

Don't forget to tweet about these sponsors too & the Eagles & NFL. That way more people will start sending letters.

straybaby

Eagles are playing on Fox right now. Might be a good time to write the network . . .

Melanie McGowan

In addition to writing the corporate offices, it might be a good idea to write/email as many corporate directors or board members as you can uncover. The hacks in the PR office are unlikely to have any real authority in the matter. It's a pain but it might bear more fruit.

Leslie K

Good point Kim. Hopefully they will let the Eagles & the NFL know they aren't happy about this & neither are their customers.

Suze

“But just to have Michael Vick’s name on the back is not an issue,” Aiello said. “Vick is working with the Humane Society and speaking out for the proper treatment of animals, so we don’t see a problem.”



According to that logic, should we put post-prison pedophiles to work for Child Welfare? Excuse me while I puke.

Kim

Got the following letter from 7-eleven:



We thank you for contacting 7-Eleven regarding your concerns about the news story that recently aired. 7-Eleven, Inc. entered into a five-year sponsorship agreement with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007 in an effort to raise awareness of the 7-Eleven® brand of convenience retailing and to connect with local sports fans. 7-Eleven’s sponsorship of the Philadelphia Eagles should not be construed in any way to mean that 7-Eleven condones or agrees with Mr. Vick’s prior comments, views or actions that led to his conviction on federal dog fighting charges.



Sincerely,



Janey Camacho



Manager, Consumer Affairs




I wonder how many other sponsors are in the same position... are under contract and are unable to pull their side of things....

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