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Bud Light Kicks Off NFL Effort

Bud Light, the official beer sponsor of the National Football League, is launching new TV creative and NFL- and team-specific packaging.

Special cans, glass bottles and aluminum bottles that feature NFL team logos or the NFL Shield are available nationwide.

This year’s effort is an evolution of last year’s “Superstitions” campaign and will document the origins of superstitions. The spots explore the tension between fans’ beliefs that they affect the outcome of a game and the practicality of continuing their newfound superstitions. 

“All Time,” an anthemic spot that sets up the “Dilemmas” campaign, debuted during the pre-season. Four new TV commercials will air during the regular season, beginning with “Quinoa,” which broke Thursday during the Ravens/Broncos game, which shows a fan who believes that if he eats a tasteless veggie burger, it might lead his team to victory.

The commercials, created by Translation, will include 30- and 15-second versions, each ending with the popular tagline “It’s Only Weird If It Doesn’t Work.”

“Our goal is to do everything we can to enhance the NFL fan’s experience,” said Rob McCarthy, vice president, Bud Light, in a release. “We know how fans think, and we understand that football becomes front and center in their lives from Kickoff weekend until the Super Bowl. Whether fans are watching at the stadium, at home or in a bar, and we’re proud to celebrate football fans’ passions for the game.”

In addition to serving as the official beer sponsor of the NFL, Bud Light has local sponsorship agreements with 28 of the 32 NFL teams. The brand will celebrate the start of the season by unveiling special packaging to help fans get into the NFL spirit. Bud Light cans feature the NFL Shield, and team-specific cans are available in 28 markets. Commemorative glass bottles and aluminum bottles of Bud Light will also feature the NFL Shield, and secondary packaging will feature similar elements.

As part of its local partnerships, Bud Light will to host tailgates in each city, and select events will feature Bud Light Build-A-Bars and photo and video kiosk stations. Fans in Denver, New York, Oakland, St. Louis and Tampa Bay will also see custom Bud Light six-pack recycling trailers rolling throughout tailgates to collect recyclables and encourage fans to keep their tailgate areas clean for the next game.

The season will culminate at Super Bowl XLVIII in New York, where the brand will once again host the Bud Light Hotel. It will be the fifth consecutive year Bud Light has staged the Bud Light Hotel during the Super Bowl, building it into one of the most anticipated destinations during football’s biggest week. Bud Light will also serve as the exclusive beer advertiser for Super Bowl XLVIII, and Super Bowl XLVIII imagery will be featured on all Bud Light products and packaging beginning in December.

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