July 26, 2011

Braves haven't helped Choctaws

Mississippi Choctaw Sponsorship of Atlanta Braves Not Paying OffThe Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has spent millions to sponsor the Atlanta Braves since 2008, reported The Clarion-Ledger. And the payoff has proven minimal: less than 4 percent of customers are making the trip from Atlanta, Georgia to play their luck at the tribal casinos in northern Mississippi.

“That surprises me,” Beverly Martin, commissioner with the Harrison County Tourism Commission, told The Clarion-Ledger.
And:The Choctaw tribe inked the deal with the Braves in 2008, and at the time Denson said revenue from the casino had leveled off and he hoped advertising with the Braves would spike its attendance—an idea from the Titan Agency.

The Choctaws spent “eight figures” to sponsor Turner Field, said a business newspaper in Atlanta, according to the Ledger. Thus, “The Lexus Level” was renamed “The Golden Moon Casino Level.”
Comment:  Many Braves fans are conservative Christians who think it's okay to stereotype Indians as tomahawk-wielding savages. That they might not be fans of Indian casinos doesn't surprise me.

For more on the subject, see Potawatomi Casino vs. Atlanta Braves and Former Noc-A-Homa = (Oxy)Moron.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There is alot of stupidity running tribes across the country and that much of those "conservative" Braves fans are "Choctaws" who don't mind the little mascot dance and song?