(Image: Huntsville Stars Facebook page)
The promotions that minor league teams use to draw fans are frequently a source of wonder and bemusement. Next month, the Phillies AAA team will give away a free funeral. The Brewers AA team, the Huntsville Stars, had a promotion scheduled for tonight that would have been much more rewarding than complimentary remembrance services – a gun raffle sponsored by a pawn shop.
Even though no actual guns would have been given away tonight, the Stars’ promotion generated national publicity, not all of it overwhelmingly positive. The Stars subsequently announced the gun raffle was off, although it appears card-carrying NRA members still get free admission tonight. Of course, there will be fireworks.
Even if you are a gun enthusiast, it’s easy to see why this promotion was a bad idea. Gun raffles are probably not controversial in Huntsville, but the Stars are part of a national organization and an international sport. A minor league ba...