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Saturday, April 30, 2005

Stadium propaganda

I moseyed down to the Dome tonight to catch the Twins play the Angels (where we won, 4-2) and noticed that they are playing an outdoor stadium commercial at various times, showing renditions of the proposed stadium and interviewing people about how great it would be to play outside. This must have obviously started recently, given the pictures of the new stadium proposal. One funny thing is that many of the people interviewed are kids, who of course aren't going to be paying most of the sales tax this plan would include. These commercials got applause, however, when they ran.

It's a no-brainer to appeal to people already at the game with these marketing campaigns, but I was a bit surprised to see it. They were also handing out cards with more information, including how to contact county commissioners, but I didn't get one. And thus begins another attack in this new stadium war.

11 Comments:

At 11:42 AM, May 02, 2005, Blogger DP said...

So what's wrong with a little rallying of the base? You don't seem to have a problem with stadium opponents vocalizing their opposition at the various public hearings, why shouldn't the proponents have their voice heard as well? I did not see anything in your post to suggest that this is any more than a standard marketing campaign as opposed to propoganda (albeit always a fine line). It is not as if there is some hidden agenda on the part of the Twins, I think their motives are quite transparent.

 
At 6:10 PM, May 02, 2005, Blogger MN Politics Guru said...

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