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From TMZ Sports:
In the past, Budweiser was known for hosting huge parties -- like the Club Bud bashes during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and at the 2006 Olympics in Turin.

But we've learned ... the King of Beers has decided it won't be throwing a similar party at the '14 Games ... at least, that's the plan for now.

In fact, we've seen an email from a Budweiser rep which says the company does not want its U.S.-based representatives in Sochi ... and the message is clear -- the terrorist threat is simply looming too large.

A rep for Anheuser-Busch confirms to TMZ Sports ... there will be no Club Bud in Sochi -- but the rep didn't give a reason for why the company is not throwing the party.

Former NBA stary Cedric Ceballos thinks Budweiser needs to take it a step further:
Bud has not issued a public statement explaining the decision -- but the former NBA star tells TMZ Sports, he thinks the company has a duty to back up their actions with strong words.

"I think they should come out with a statement. I mean, they always make statements in commercials with their product,. somebody either the President or the CEO should make a statement."

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  •  I imagine have a bomb blast (8+ / 0-)

    in the bud bash isn't something they would care to suffer .

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 09:09:42 AM PST

  •  I am glad to see they won't be having the party. (13+ / 0-)

    But I wish the reason was more comprehensive than "terrorism." It's easy to say you aren't going because you are afraid of bombs; harder to take a stand against all the other evils of Putin's Russia.

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 09:13:04 AM PST

    •  Russia (0+ / 0-)

      But you must define what is President Putin's Russia is. Russia is not America and never will be. We may want it to be just like America but maybe just maybe the people just want to be Russia. Putin is still very popular over there by the avg person.

      •  Putin (4+ / 0-)

        "Putin is still very popular over there by the avg person."

        Maybe years ago but not anymore, his approval rating has taken a major dive over the years...

      •  Putin (7+ / 0-)

        Having had the pleasure of working in your country, I agree that most of the Russians I met would like to have an American level of socioeconomic prosperity but they wish to remain Russians...and why should that not be proper since Russia has a long and wonderful history.  Here's the issue looking at the present situation as a westerner:  Putin is a demagogue who has no love of democracy or the law.  For him, all that matters is power and money.  It is the political right of the Russian people to support or reject Putin but if people in the West see the man for what he is, then Western companies must calculate what their support of Putin might cost them with respect Western public relations and the good will of their western customers.  I personally would not attend the Sochi Olympics because of the policies Putin employed in constructing Olympic venues and I would view any Western company supporting this event negatively because support of these games sends the message that the maintenance of the image of men like Putin matters more than the rights of the common man (I felt the same way about the Beijing Olympics and never once turned on the TV to watch the games).  That the International Olympic Committee (IOC) does little more than pay lip service to the human rights violations committed by host governments simply proves that the IOC is just another morally bankrupt bureaucracy.  Sadly, this denigrates the entire Olympic movement.

        •  Bland acceptance of canine SLAUGHTER (1+ / 0-)
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          Most Awesome Nana

          once they're done with the dogs, they start on the people - and the IOC says NOTHING, DOES NOTHING - and repeats EVERY mistake at EVERY opportunity.

          I'm in Atlanta:  I've seen the Internationally Rich and Powerful terraform a place before, all to throw their egos a BIG PARTY.

          The current sitch isn't NEW, it's just NOW.

          trying to stay alive 'til I reach 65!

          by chmood on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 04:53:15 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  How many, there, said that about Shrub, here? (0+ / 0-)

        Things don't have to be 'good' to be 'better than it was', and like it or not, after nearly 100 years, and on the heels of CENTURIES of czarist enslavement, maybe they've moved as  far as thy can, now.

        Big changes can happen fast, but still take a long time to integrate:  we in the US, for example, beat the Slavers in combat and re-absorbed the CSA...and 150 YEARS later we're struggling to expel the infection that resulted from trying to re-inlude the Slaver population - AND NOT SUCCUMB TO IT.

        "...and never will be" is the harshest of judgments, and I don't want to put that on the Russian people OR nation any more than I want to see it leveled against US.  We have yet to see whether we will in fact become a free country, or whether our dreams of an America worth living in for _everyone will ever bear fruit.

        Give them a chance - OUR Slaver Imperium has struck back and we are hard-pressed to maintain, much less expand, our gains so far;  plenty of living Russians remember the Soviet era and personalities (and had their basic behaviors develop under those baleful watching eyes) - who HERE personally remembers Davis, Fremont, Calhoun?  NO ONE.  Which is HOW THE SLAVERS HAVE REIGNITED THE REBELLION IN OUR OWN CONGRESS without being identified as "enemies domestic".

        Russia might BE in the hands of thugs like Putin for some time yet (though I hope not!)...but then, WE've been in the hands of our own Slaver thugs for most of the last 40 years, and not doing so well.  I still have hope for US, too.

        trying to stay alive 'til I reach 65!

        by chmood on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 04:48:33 AM PST

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      •  I don't care what Russians think of Putin and his (0+ / 0-)

        policies. I find them despicable and repulsive.

        No doubt Russians won't care what I think, and that's fine. They can do what they want with their country.

        But that doesn't mean I have to support Putin and his policies in any way - including supporting these Olympics.

        I am entitled to this opinion, which I may have because I live in the USA. If I lived in Russian, I might not get away with this attitude.

        "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

        by Most Awesome Nana on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 07:43:33 AM PST

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    •  glass house. (5+ / 0-)

      America has just as many evils. We have More people in prison for nonviolent offenses than Russia, or even China. Russians are highly educated. Our education system is a hyper-expensive joke. I could make a list.

      •  So that means we should ignore what is going on (0+ / 0-)

        and let Putin and his thugs do what they want without censure?

        Putin and his policies are despicable. And they will stay that way no matter how long a list of America's faults you care to make. If I thought America was perfect, or even halfway there, I would not be on this site.

        "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

        by Most Awesome Nana on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 07:52:51 AM PST

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    •  glass house. (0+ / 0-)

      America has just as many evils. We have More people in prison for nonviolent offenses than Russia, or even China. Russians are highly educated. Our education system is a hyper-expensive joke. I could make a list.

  •  "But we've learned" doesn't sound like (2+ / 0-)
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    peacestpete, MidwestTreeHugger

    a reason strictly connected to these Games.  And what kind of statement does Cedric want them to make?  That they're afraid of staying because they might get killed in a terrorist attack.  Right.

    "Fragmented and confused, we have no plan to combat any of this, but are looking to be saved by the very architects of our ruination."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 09:25:38 AM PST

    •  Contracts are difficult and expensive to walk on (1+ / 0-)
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      jilikins

      Stepping away from the lunatics and hiding the sharp objects and NOT ENABLING THEM make Busch look better than they ever have, in my eyes.

      trying to stay alive 'til I reach 65!

      by chmood on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 04:57:45 AM PST

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  •  Good for Bud-their action speaks loudly-take (1+ / 0-)
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    that Putin!

    "No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar." Abraham Lincoln

    by appledown on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 09:40:23 AM PST

  •  Maybe that image of (5+ / 0-)

    Putin's thugs shooting Spuds McKenzie wouldn't go over very well.

    A petty criminal is someone with predatory instincts but insufficient capital to form a corporation. --Clarence Darrow

    by stlsophos on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 09:57:25 AM PST

  •  Maybe the kickbacks Putin wants are too much. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  The russian water looks just like Budweiser. (4+ / 0-)

    •  Hey Wait That Water Is From West Virginia (1+ / 0-)
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      or at least Danville, Virginia.

      "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

      by kerplunk on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 11:28:39 AM PST

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    •  Murky waters (2+ / 0-)
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      The "Russian water" that looks like Budweiser actually looks better than the water in America near all the areas where "fracking" is going on.  And where we have oil spills here, there and everywhere.  We have "fire water."  And water like in West Virginia that has such dangerous chemicals in it from the "clean coal" process that all the miners know enough not to drink it.  This is the stuff that's spilling into the rest of our waterways.  And the companies file bankruptcy and restart under different names.  Corporations know every trick in the book to stay in business while killing off the population, destroying the food chain, the animals and the environment.  

      •  Murky waters (0+ / 0-)

        Unfortunately it is usually the duly elected city, county and state governments that eagerly bend over and actively support and participate in the corruption and pollution of these corporate citizens who ply them with the graft money that should go to those who inevitably suffer the most from the indifference and mendacity of their actions. This is why unions were created a hundred years ago, but unfortunately the unions forgot this and became that which they despised and fought against, so they will have to start the cycle again.

        Ultimately it is actually human nature we are fighting against; greed avarice, ambition, and the lust for power. They do not recognize or respect any borders or culture.

    •  the water quality (1+ / 0-)
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      jilikins

      is the result of:

      1. no laws (to protect water, to protect people, to insure quality, to govern engineering or building or plumbing standards and requirements...)

      2. poor technology (Russians rely on outside technologies from France and other countries to build their infrastructure, buildings, water delivery and removal plumbing and sewage systems, electrical, refrigeration, heating and cooling, railway, telephone and they are correspondingly unable to operate these systems on their own...)

      3. poor or no maintenance of existing systems (hotels in Moscow were built by the French and others, in the past you could see flows of sewage coming down the walls in the lobbies and elsewhere as the Russians were not only not able to design and build their own hotels, but they could not learn to maintain the technology installed by others and had no money to purchase outside help in this regard; ...)

      4. no money (to implement any of the above)...

      5. corruption in politics and government, and corruption and crime in private business and public programs...

      Indeed, you are thinking I am nuts and contradicting what I write here because of the nuclear and other weapons technologies of the Russians...

      I learned what I tell you below from a world renowned political scientist, a Sovietologist and expert on Russian politics and affairs with a specialty in Soviet nuclear, and now Russian nuclear war weaponry. Having spent much time in the Soviet Union and Russia over his life as an American Professor of Political Science his observations and descriptions of Russia and their technical abilities follows.

      The previously Soviet and now Russian nuclear and other war technology / ies that continue to exist as missiles and etc., buried all over the enormity of Russia is vastly ill portrayed by our once cold war and now later publicly available information...

      These weapons are a huge problem; not because they are so well designed but exactly the opposite; because they are so poorly designed and maintained, just exactly like the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl and the other infrastructures of Russia, including that glass of water above. And now, even worse, there is no single entity that maintains this enormous arsenal as the Russian provinces are splitting into their own entities.

      The water quality? The fact that the water is in a glass next to new tile and clean grout and basin and mirror suggests to me that just a tiny bit of tweaking needs to be done on the water itself; a little filtering -- and the west should come running to spend the money to do the filtering at what will now be not just a magnificent summer resort at Sochi, but a new winter paradise as well. Mr. Putin will be remembered as a genius.

      And human rights? Not long ago, in the 1970's in fact, you could walk down Castro Street in San Francisco, now a thriving neighborhood and center of Gay Life, and also then a burgeoning neighborhood and center of Gay Life, and be hit over the head by police with their nightsticks and arrested, thrown into a tank where you were then beaten if not by police then by the thugs in the tank with you and held for no reason at all (sound familiar?)... You did not have to be drunk; you did not have to have been  holding your boyfriend's hand or kissing; all you needed to do was be walking down that well known Gay street in the Castro. I am telling you this because I was there, in San Francisco, yes, America... not so long ago...

      So: I have to say that it is good Bud pulled out! And it is good that the reporting on the TV keeps talking about the problems with human rights in Russia and other political and social realities of both our countries. It is good for America to hear this; not all of America accepts same sex marriage and Gay Rights! We have made a big point of sending our gay athletes as ambassadors to the games instead of our politicians -- what a fantastic and strong statement! Think what gay Russians must be experiencing at this time in their minds and emotional selves, in their lives and hearts...

      This then, must be the spirit of the Olympics; to overcome the travail of our constantly becoming better and celebrate this in the competitive arena of sport and bringing so many people from all over the world together to do it; not just the athletes and those in attendance but people all over the world.

      Go Olympics! Go Human Rights! Go the shared experience of being human...

  •  Do you realize that your photo (0+ / 0-)

    shows the beers of two different companies?

    To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

    by sneakers563 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 12:00:31 PM PST

    •  Are you kidding? (0+ / 0-)

      It is just a different label but still Budweiser!

      •  It's not the same (0+ / 0-)

        The unfamiliar one is Budweisser Budvar made in the Czech Republic. Its sold as Czechvar in the US because of trademark conflicts but it was the original Budweisser.  Check it out in Wikipedia.

      •  NOT the same beer (1+ / 0-)
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        jilikins

        Sorry, but Sneakers is correct. Budweiser in the US is a separate company to the Czech company. One of the family members left Czech. and set up a new company in the US, and started making beer with more than four ingredients and with rice and corn. That beer is NOT the same, nor is the company.

        Sorry, but beer is something I feel strongly about! :P

      •  the law suit over Bud is 1 of the longest in US .. (4+ / 2-)

        the law suit over the name Bud is one of the longest running in the US courts. all that i have read over the years points to the fact that a large company (US Bud) simply wants to strong arm a smaller one becuase it has greater resources and wants to.

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

        ...The companies' claims to the Budweiser name are built on two main arguments – geography and history.

        Budejovicky Budvar was founded in 1895 in the southern city of Ceske Budejovice – called Budweis at the time by the German-speaking people who formed about 40 percent of the area's population. Beer has been brewed here since 1265 and has been known for centuries as Budweiser.

        Budvar argues that only beer that is brewed in this corner of the Czech Republic can be called Budweiser.

        The founders of Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis used the name for their product because it was so well-known. The brewer, founded in 1852, began producing Budweiser, America's first national beer brand, in 1876 – 19 years before Budvar was founded. ,,,

        IMO its typical of US/BIG corporations to behave this way.

        If wine, brandy, champagne, cheese, chocolate and ham producers (to name a few) can claim these types of rights, why not a brewer or brewers in a particular region?

        it is also MHO that Budvar is a highly superior beverage.

  •  Budweiser Sochi (3+ / 0-)
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    salliezoo, JuliathePoet, debocracy

    Budweiser is owned by a German Corporation which has different nationalist allegiances than the previous American ownership.

  •  Question (2+ / 0-)
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    JuliathePoet, chmood

    Where is it "clear" that the reason for Bud's reduced presence is the threat of terrorism?
    Via internal documents "secured by TMZ Sports?"
    I would want to see those documents even if the NYT claimed to have them, let alone TMZ Sports.

    Assuming the information is accurate, has the company withdrawn sponsorship of Mr. Putin's grand theft larceny or have they just done away with the in-everyone's face party - an act that could have been designed to safeguard Bud's own reputation rather than their would-be partiers' lives?

  •  End the Olympics (7+ / 0-)

    I used to LOVE LOVE LOVE the Olympics.  Now? it is nothing more than a reward for the corrupt who earn money from construction etc. Further, it is to just make temporary stars to sell products.  While I think the "noble amateur athlete" is, and always was, silly ... the Olympics are now a corporate joke.

    We should not have gone. We should end this.

  •  Medal Counts (10+ / 0-)

    It is funny how nations value their worth and pride based on Olympic medal counts.

    Lets have an Olympics based on Arts and Sciences.  Let's teach kids that fame and fortune is not always tied into how far, how fast or how strong you are.

    Maybe the USA would pay more attention to education if there were the equivalent of an academic Olympics.  Right now, based on world academic rankings we can all go shout,  "We're number 30,  We're number 30!"

  •  Maybe not an American decision (2+ / 0-)
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    Jooberdoober, JuliathePoet

    Budweiser is owned by InBev, a Belgian company, which wasn't the case for some of the earlier Winter Olympics noted here.  So the decision to bail on Sochi may have come from corporate HQ, overriding any plans that the Budweiser division may have had.

  •  All Budweiser wants is a world where Clydesdales (4+ / 0-)
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    Kalisiin, crose, J Orygun, jilikins

    and the golden retrievers who love them can live their lives in peace.

    Thank God, the Bob Fosse Kid is here! - Colin Mochrie

    by gardnerhill on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 01:21:14 PM PST

    •  Anheuser-Busch (0+ / 0-)

      As a beer drinker I am unfamiliar with Anheuser-Busch products.

      •  THAT IS NOT ALL BAD (0+ / 0-)

        In the recent mergers , acquisitions and take overs there are some fatalities of fine brews that have fallen prey to the InBev - AmBev monster.  A good friend of mine was one who has the spectrum of flavors and textures of many domestic and imported (to the US) beers down pat.  After the Anheiser Busch acquisition of several old European breweries many things changed.  Becks an old German brew,  was long  his favorite and when that old name went into the family under A/B - AmBev he quit it cold.  His words - -"I would rather drink my own bathwater than a Budweiser and now they have made Becks taste exactly the same".  

        Several have linked to Wiki so follow the links and find out who actually owns some of the high end breweries.  

        I fervently hope, as humans, we never escape from this earth to spread our bigotry elsewhere.

        by olegar on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 05:01:41 PM PST

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  •  Bud and Vlad (0+ / 0-)

    Hey Vlad , this Bud ain't for you .

  •  I Wish They'd Come Out (2+ / 0-)
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    crose, debocracy

    and say it is because Russia is a Neanderthal country, with Neanderthal laws that imprison people simply because they are GLBT.

  •  A reason (2+ / 0-)
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    jilikins, Kronge

    The company doesn't owe us a reason nor do they need to take a stand against anything...they only need to say they aren't giving a big bash. It's their company.

    Get over it people.

  •  Beer (0+ / 0-)

    On the other hand it may be illegal to sell the weak tasteless urine we make in Russia. The REAL Budweiser they make in Czechoslovakia is much better. I'm betting that the Bush company does not want to be embarrassed by going head to head with real beer makers.

    •  TOO BAD THAT (0+ / 0-)

      InBev - AmBev now own almost all the "real" beer makers in Europe - - Even Stella Artois one of the oldest in the world.  And they have not kept exactly to the old methods or recipes.

      I've never seen the Czech brand but I am going to try to find out where to get some.  If it isn't better than some of our micros around here it will be a short experiment.

      I fervently hope, as humans, we never escape from this earth to spread our bigotry elsewhere.

      by olegar on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 05:09:48 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I hope it's not because of the "anti-gay" laws! (0+ / 0-)

    They are Russia's laws and big companies like Anheuser Bush should not pull their normal sponsorship because of another countries law.

    If all sponsors did that then there would never be any world competitions! I am sure we have plenty of laws that other countries don't agree with including freedom of speech and religion.

  •  Anheuser-Bucsh sucks (2+ / 0-)
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    meinoregon, Kronge

    donkey balls anyways.  Better they not attend.

  •  Why? (3+ / 0-)
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    meinoregon, CookieThumper, Kronge

    Bud's just a cheap ass, piss beer that is getting far over-priced, for what it is.  They should be giving it away, to promote it, whenever they can.

  •  Bud (1+ / 0-)
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    debocracy

    Not buying it. The threat over there is no grater then any place else. Russia has spent billions of dollars on security. May just be the safest place on earth right now. Way is the media putting this face on the games when it looks to one of the best. You have to remember their were games in the most dangerious place on earth ( Sarajevo ) No Russia should be praised for this!!

  •  No Budd?? (3+ / 0-)
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    beerandveg, meinoregon, Kronge

    What!! No Bud for Vlad the Putin????? Just as well. A horrible representation of American brewing expertise to say the least.

  •  Olympics (0+ / 0-)

    Although its very sad that its come to this, I understand why they dont want to send people over there and I cant blame them..

  •  Bud... will it be missed? (1+ / 0-)
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    olegar

    Except for Americans who don't really know what good beer tastes like, nobody will miss it.

    Beside, you'll be able to get The Original Budwiser Budvar which is a much better beer.

  •  Bud for none. (1+ / 0-)
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    jilikins

    Budweiser owes nobody any explanation whatsoever. It is a business decision made in house and I can think of no reason why they should have to explain the mselves to anyone but Bud stockholders.

  •  I Haven't Touched A Single Anheuser-Busch Product (0+ / 0-)

    For the last 32 years, I have been on a personal boycott of any and all Anheuser-Busch products.  This doesn't change a thing for me.

  •  soshi (0+ / 0-)

    Applause to Budweiser for protecting it's personnel, and refraining from shakey security dangers. The world has yet to realize that Islam is a poison, that infects everyone. They talk big, but fight from hiding, not in the open. When confronted with similar numbers, and weapons, they run, or surrender as they did in Iraq. All the spin about these hideous acts of muslim, bring out the old, "it is just the RADICAL muslims", which is a huge crock. The Koran is very specific, and repetitive; "kill the infidels", no deviation, KILL the infidels.. Recall all Americans from Arab countries, deport all Arabs, let them fight amongst themselves, which is what they have always done.

  •  Party like it's 1905 (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe they wouldn't let them promote Bud Gay.

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