Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Pro-Sports Teams Drop Trump Hotels

Pro-Sports Teams Drop Trump Hotels

Trump's hotels and casinos have been losing money since he announced his candidacy in June 2015, according to an analysis by Foursquare, which tracks social trends.

It's reasonable to assume, then, that some of these teams made similar calculations, and pulled out of Trump's properties at least partially because of the president's demeanor.

"Every other major pro sports team in Canada answered the Washington Post's question 'Does your team stay at Trump hotels?" with no response, no comment, or no.

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

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The newspaper reported that 16 of the 17 NFL, NBA, MLB and National Hockey League teams that stayed at Trump hotels in recent years confirmed they will be checking in at other properties when traveling. A total of 17 confirmed a visit to a Trump property within the past seven years, but had stopped booking rooms after Trump launched his run for the White House in June 2015. The Washington Post reached out to all teams in those three leagues and the NFL (that's 123 teams altogether) and found at least 16 no longer stay at Trump hotels while on the road. 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. Not a single team confirmed its players stay at Trump properties.

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

"Since Donald Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015, foot traffic to Trump-branded hotels, casinos and golf courses in the USA has been down", the firm said.

"I don't support someone who endorses hate on other people", Parker said. "The president's position on athletes standing for the National Anthem is about respecting the flag and the men and women of the military who sacrifice to defend it and nothing else". "He's attacked everything that I am and believe".

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