Minor league baseball teams will do almost anything to fill their seats. The great urge to sell tickets has led to publicity stunts including "Office
Space' Night," "Toilet Seat Cushion Night," "We Hate the Yankees Night" and countless other bizarre promotions that often do draw in fans.
The Huntsville Stars' most recent promotion, however, ended with a whimper instead of a bang.
The AA team affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers recently canceled a gun raffle for its "Second Amendment Night" promotion.
A team spokeswoman said that Minor League Baseball officials advised that the promotion was not a good idea, though team General Manager Buck Rogers
stressed to local news station WHNT
that no guns were actually being given away at the stadium. Raffle winners would get certificates to pick up a rifle or a pistol from a local gun shop.
While the team insists its aim was to celebrate Americans' right to bear arms, the local press isn't buying it. From Al.com:
It has nothing to do with a Second Amendment debate.
It has everything to do with doing business.
A minor league team, especially one struggling as mightily as the Stars at the box office and in community perception, needs to avoid controversy. If it's
caving to political correctness, as a reader has suggested, well, don't most good businesses, if not overtly, maintain political correctness in order to
Still, anyone who shows up to Wednesday's game against the Chattanooga Lookouts with a valid National Rifle Association membership card will gain free
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