MLB Under Fire for Memorial Day Hats
When it comes to holidays like National Pizza Day, Dog Appreciation Day and Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day (yes, it's real), it's acceptable to capitalize on the holiday spirit for your business. But, consumers tend to draw the line at cashing in on Memorial Day, and the MLB learned that lesson the hard way.
According to the New York Post, 30 Major League Baseball teams celebrated Memorial Day with a camouflage promotion. The camouflage New Era hats were selling for about $40, depending on the team.
Each team's tweet about the hats looked like this:
Today is about honor and respect. Tip your @neweracap to those who’ve sacrificed to keep us safe #MemorialDay https://t.co/27f86jVBC8 pic.twitter.com/Obzsvn1O2v
— New York Mets (@Mets) May 29, 2017
It seems the teams had good intentions with the promotion. The league said that proceeds of the Memorial Day gear went to MLB charities, which fund programs for military veterans and their families.
But, social media users didn't care. Instead, tweets like this one from Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy have been making the rounds on Twitter:
generations of soldiers died protecting our country and its freedoms- don't forget to buy an official baseball hat to say thank you
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) May 29, 2017
This just goes to show you that even with a charitable element, consumers get upset when it looks like veterans are being used to generate sales. So maybe skip the Memorial Day promotions next year, MLB.
Hannah Abrams is the senior content editor for Promo Marketing. In her free time, she enjoys coming up with excuses to avoid exercise, visiting her hometown in Los Angeles and rallying for Leonardo DiCaprio to win his
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