Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Pro sports teams were once reliable patrons of Trump's hotels. Not anymore

The Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. is unlikely to shelter traveling teams in 2017 The Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. is unlikely to shelter traveling teams in 2017
Lucia Summers | 13 October, 2017, 02:23

The Washington Post found that teams pay about $20,000 a night to stay at hotels like Trump SoHo in New York City.

In all, 17 teams from across the major professional sports leagues had stayed at Trump properties before 2015.

Teams gave the Post various reasons for quitting Trump properties. It's pretty simple."The Post reached out to all 123 teams in the four major US sports leagues to find out how many men's teams are still Trump customers".

Most of the teams stopped visiting Trump properties within the previous year, while others like the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers reportedly began staying elsewhere as early as 2014. "The president has seemingly made a point of dividing us as best he can", Warriors coach Steve Kerr told The Post in an interview this week, explaining the shift.

The Milwaukee Bucks stopped staying at Trump hotels after Trump clinched the GOP nomination.

Of the 123 teams asked, a total of 105 responded to The Post, and not a single one confirmed that it continues to stay at Trump properties.

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Not sure if you've been following United States politics over the last couple of years, but... "He continually offends people, and so people don't want to stay at his hotel".

All but one of the 12 teams said they have stopped patronizing the Trump SoHo since Donald Trump launched his presidential bid in 2015, according to team officials.

National Football League players began protesting police brutality against minorities last season, but since becoming president, Trump has asked teams to punish players who refuse to stand while "The Star-Spangled Banner" is being played.

National Basketball Association teams paid about $20,000 per night for rooms and food at hotels like Trump Soho, according to one team's estimate, the newspaper reports.

As Trump tries to push for a boycott of any sports team that allows its players to speak their minds on or off the field, it may behoove the president to consider how his own words or actions are hurting his bottom line.

"I don't care what haters think - I'm proud to not stay in Trump hotels", the Bucks forward told the Sporting News in November. "I don't support someone who endorses hate on other people". The boycott he's promoting doesn't seem to be picking up any steam - the same can not be said for how his presidency is affecting his businesses. He ran his campaign on hate.

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