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Milwaukee burger bar boycotting NFL games

Milwaukee burger bar boycotting NFL games

By Jesse Ritka. CREATED Sep 25, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep 25, 2012

MILWAUKEE - There's been an outcry on social media over the Packers game that was stolen in Seattle.  Fans and restaurants like Stack'd Burger Bar are actually boycotting showing or watching NFL games.

"I think unless you're a Bears of Seahawks fan, you're really frustrated with last night's outcome," Stack'd General Manager Joe McPherson tells TODAY'S TMJ4's Jesse Ritka.

He's not the only one who feels that way, frustration turned into fuel for fans like Ed Willing Monday night.  Within minutes of the call, he started a Facebook group asking football fans to boycott all NFL games this week.  "If the fans step up and make a statement now before it gets out of hand, maybe the NFL can save itself," explains Willing.

His friend Patti Wenzel gave him the idea and in less than 15 hours, the group had more than 1,000 people pledge to do what they never thought they would: not watch the Packers or any other team this week.  "Which will be really hard because I love Aaron (Rodgers), and I love Clay (Matthews) and all the players but we gotta send a message, enough is enough," says Wenzel.

Ed Willing thinks a one week boycott will do that, "Ratings will make a difference, statements will make a difference, social media makes a difference."

But Stack'd Burger Bar is going one step further.  They are hanging referee jerseys over all of their TVs until the NFL ends the referee lock-out.

"They're protecting their own bottom line, and I understand that as a business owner but you're also losing sight of your fans and that's not right either," says McPherson.

But McPherson is slightly worried about losing customers on game day, "A little bit, of course but it's our form of protest, we're going to have some fun with it of course, we'll develop some specials during the games that will help ease those pains."

North Avenue Grill in Wauwatosa is also offering a special of 10% off your order this week if you mention how the Packers got robbed.

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Jesse Ritka joined TODAY’S TMJ4 and Storm Team 4 in February 2011 as the “Live at Daybreak” weekend meteorologist. Growing up in Prior Lake, Minnesota, Jesse has always been fascinated by storms.