Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Pro sports teams no longer staying at Trump hotels

None of the teams that responded to the Washington Post confirmed that they had stayed at Trump properties. | M. Spencer Green  Associated Press None of the teams that responded to the Washington Post confirmed that they had stayed at Trump properties. | M. Spencer Green Associated Press
Kristopher Love | 13 October, 2017, 02:22

Most notably, the Trump SoHo hotel, which used to serve as a regular home-away-from-home for National Basketball Association teams staying in NY, has been dropped by at least 11 teams across the National Basketball Association since President Trump began his campaign in 2015.

The Trump Organization declined requests for comment, the Washington Post reports, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's attacks on sports teams had nothing to do with losing professional athletes as customers. It's pretty simple."The Post reached out to all 123 teams in the four major USA sports leagues to find out how many men's teams are still Trump customers".

Numerous professional sports teams across the NBA, MLB, and National Hockey League have all stopped staying at Trump properties since the start of his political career, according to a report from Tim Bontemps and David Farenthold of the Washington Post.

"The president has seemingly made a point of dividing us as best he can", Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr told the newspaper.

While NFL teams typically don't stay at luxury hotels like Trump's due to their massive teams and support staff, other teams do.

The Toronto Raptors are among a number of pro sports franchises that have recently said no to Trump, and are taking their business elsewhere.

Seventeen teams stayed at a Trump hotel within the past seven years, according to the report. Not a single team confirmed its players stay at Trump properties.

The Raptors have not said why they chose to stop staying in Trump properties. Some teams have cited logistical reasons, such as bus access, whereas others told The Post that it's Trump's politics that have them staying at new hotels.

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.

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. He ran his campaign on hate. One team, for instance, cited logistical concerns, stating that it was hard to transport the team from one of the hotels to the arena where they were scheduled to play.

"The president has repeatedly said he doesn't care about his business, he cares about the country", Sanders wrote the newspaper in an email.