NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller shower head placement or ordering longer than standard beds.
In New York, and some other cities, that included a stop at Trump SoHo, a hotel both not too far from Madison Square Garden and not far from NYC nightlife.
No more. As NBA players have clashed with President Trump, NBA teams are voting with their dollars and staying elsewhere. From Tim Bontemps and David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post:
(When Trump was running for president), the Pacers stopped staying at Trump SoHo. A spokesman blamed problems with bus access. So did the Dallas Mavericks, whose owner, Mark Cuban, became one of Trump’s loudest critics in 2016. Cuban declined to comment about the team’s decision.
In 2016, after Trump had captured the GOP nomination, more NBA teams left. The Memphis Grizzlies quit Trump SoHo. No connection to politics, the coach said. So did the Thunder. The team would not comment on why.
The Milwaukee Bucks stopped being Trump customers the following year — after first trying, and failing, to pull out of a Trump Chicago reservation during the preseason, according to team officials. When the Bucks returned to Chicago in the regular season, they had a new hotel.
There is nothing wrong with this, people should vote with their pocketbooks (lord knows corporations do). Conservatives should vote with their dollars and avoid Pepsi or Oreos or Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and whatever other companies don’t fit with their values. I never eat at Chick-fil-A for good reasons in my mind. NBA teams should do the same, they have options other than the Trump hotels if they don’t like his policies.
There have been other reports across the financial media that the Trump presidency has hurt his hotels and brand.