Miller Lite Taps J.J. Watt to Star in Football Ads

Former pro football star J.J. Watt is the new face of Miller Lite’s football program.

Miller Lite, whose sales volume grew 19% for the 13 weeks that ended Sept. 3, according to Circana multi-outlet and convenience store data, is ready to tackle football season. In addition to its broad roster of alliance teams, it’s renewed its partnership with ESPN’s fantasy football app, which is also featured on secondary packaging for its pints.

Watt, a three-time defensive player of the year and five-time pro bowler who played 12 seasons in Houston and Arizona, will star in a new ad that debuts this week and plays off his jersey number, 99, while giving legal-age drinkers a chance to win Miller Lite.

In addition to the new spot, Watt is lending his likeness to retail tools, including a life-size standee, which will augment Miller Lite’s existing football program that includes themed packaging and alliances with 16 pro teams.

Through its sponsorship of ESPN’s top-rated fantasy app, as well as other fantasy football podcasts, ESPN fantasy football-themed packaging and a renewed partnership with DraftKings and its betting platform, Miller Lite is aiming to own more than just game day.

“If we’ve learned anything from our work with ESPN, it’s that game day is every day, whether you’re setting a roster, analyzing results, ribbing friends or watching a game – hopefully with a Miller Lite in hand,” said Anne Pando, Miller Lite’s marketing director. “There are Miller Time moments Monday through Sunday.”

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