Skip to comments.Sportsmen's Show Sole Remaining Sponsors: Progressive & Comcast (Boycott Working!!!)
Posted on 01/22/2013 1:12:19 PM PST by ConservativeInPA
It looks more and more like Flo from Progressive Insurance will be watching the Bloomberg Network on Comcast by herself at the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show. This comes after Reed Exhibitions, a UK based company, prohibited the display and sale of certain tactical weapons, high-cap magazines and would not allow vendors to display logos of some American manufacturers that vendors sell.
A boycott of the show by conservative sportsmen and businesses throughout the country continues to gain momentum. The show originally had Cabelas, The Outdoors Channel as sponsors, now the sole remaining sponsors are Progressive Insurance and Comcast - two very liberal companies.
The boycott is all over the news and local radio talk shows in Central PA. A Facebook page for the boycott has gained over 10,000 friends in the last several days. This far surpasses the Show's official Facebook page.
Nearly all guest speakers and celebs have boycotted the show, causing the promoter to change their website graphics at the last minute to basically look barren.
This is a huge win for thousands of conservatives working behind the scenes make the boycott work to protect our 2nd Amendment rights.
2 Million Bullets, 24/7 Hunting TV, Alaskas Ravencroft Lodge, Alaskan Outdoors TV, Ambush Firearms, American Whitetails of PA, Antler Insanity, Apex Tactical, Appalachian Big Game TV, Arrowhead Outdoors, Athens Archery, Atlantic Tactical, Avian X Decoys, Bangin Redhedz Turkey Gear, Bear Archery, Blitz TV, Bohning Archery, Boondock Outdoors, Bow Hunters Den, Bow Life, LLC, BowHunter Planet, Bowhunting.com, Cabelas, Camo Addiction, Campbell Cameras, CanCooker, Cochrane River Outfitters, Cody Turkey Calls, Cold Steel Knives, Combative Edge, Continental Divide Outfitters, Cross Canyon Arms, Cutting Edge Bullets, Darkwoods Blind, DCVR, Dead Ringer, Deer and Deer Hunting.com, Direct Action Tactical Firearms, Dirty Dog Outdoors, Domari Nolo Defense Consulting, Dominance is Everything Hunting System, Dominator 365, Down N Dirty Outdoors, Driven TV, Droptine Outfitters, DuckWater Boats, Eastern Chapter Wild Sheep Foundation, Eastern Outdoors, Easton Bow Hunting, Excalibur Crossbow US, Inc, Farmland Trophies Outfitting, Fear No Evil, Field Proven Calls, Firearms Industry Consulting Group, Flatline Productions, Foiles Migrators, Inc, Forbes Turkey Calls, FOXPRO High Performance Game Calls, Full Circle Outdoors, Furtakers TV, Ghost River Outfitters Alberta, Gone Wild Outdoors, Goodling Rifles, Gut N Tag, LLC, H.S. Specialities, Heartland Whitetails, Hevi-Shot, High Lonesome Outfitters, HookHunt, Hoyt Archery Inc, Hunter Safety Systems, Hunter Specialties w/ Rick White, Hunters and Guides Connection, Hunters Comfort, LLC, Hunters Specialties, Huntin Is Good! TV, IceHole Coolers, International Bowhunting Organization, Iron Kin Hunt Club, IScope, J & M Traditions, Keystone Country Store, Keystone Elk Country Alliance, King of the Mountain Inc., Kinseys Outdoors, Kodabow, Lancaster Archery Supply, Major League Bowhunter, Men in Treestands Productions, Midwest Whitetail Adventures, Mindful of Nature LLC, Mountain Dog Chews, Muddy Outdoors, Muskie Moose, LLC, NasHunt Outdoors, Nature Blinds, LLC, NasHunt Outdoors, Northern Hideaway Outfitters, Northern Outdoor Lodge, Northern Wilderness Outfitters, Old Goat Outdoors, Open Season TV, Outdoor Channel Outfitters, Outdoor Edge Knives, Outdoor Specialist Group, Outdoorsnative.com, Ozonics Hunting, PA Federation of Sportsmens Clubs, PA Taxidermist Association, Inc, Pat Strawser Custom Calls, Pennsylvania Trappers Assoc., Perrys No Peep Archery Site, Pipeline Ridge Hunting Preserve, Primal Urge Outdoors, Primos Hunting Calls, Procs Huntin Buddy, PSE Archery, Radical Hunter, Ranews Outdoor Equipment, Red Star Arms, Revolution Hunting, Rhino Outdoors, Rougeaux Taxidermy, Ruger, S & W Outfitter, SecureIt Tactical, Skull Shine, Southern Game Calls, Spook Span, Sportsmen of North America TV, State Line Bone Mine, Staudts Gun Shop, Stay Ready Inc, Stokerized Stabilizers, Susquehanna River Waterfowlers Assoc, Table Mountain Outfitters, Team Overkill, The Bear Whisperer, The Outdoor Channel, The Outdoor Loop, The State Line Bone Mine a NW Missouri and Iowa outfitter, The Warmbag, Timberline Outfitters, TNT Archery, Tough Country, Trijicon, Inc, Triple Mag TV, Trop Gun Shop, Turnbull Manufacturing, U Slide Bow Hunter, Ultimate Camo, Umax Outdoors, Upper Canyon Outfitters, Wallaston Lake Lodge, Tex Mex Outdoors, The Warmbag, Watson Air Lock, Watts Truck Center, Whitetail Bosses, Whitetail Freaks, Whitetail Heaven Outdoors, Whitewolfsurvivalsupply.com, Wired Outdoors, Woodcock Limited of Pennsylvania, X-Stand Treestands, Zink Calls, Zook Cabins
SMITH & WESSON JUST PULLED OUT!
RUGER, OUT! OUTDOOR CHANNEL, OUT!
LOL Somebody might want to inform them that the big show has been effectively cancelled.
Progressive Insurance is a sponsor? That is solely enough reason for me NOT to attend. The owner of Progressive is a rabid liberal. I wouldn’t have their insurance if they gave it to me.
A trade show without people walking among the booths is a waste of good marketing money. In addition to having issues with the display restrictions I’m guessing that many of the pull-outs are in anticipation of a weak attendance.
What happens if no one comes to see this “show”?
I’m loving this! Bout damn time conservatives start using economic tactics like the libs have for years!
Are there any booths left? probably all empty at this rate
Limey gun grabbers today and back during the American Revolution
are there going to be protestors outside the show discouraging people from attending?
The only booth at that show will end up being the democrat party registration booth.
conservatives can make Reed Exhibitions regret their move.
Maybe they wil move the show to the local Roller skating rink, they don’t need a lot of room now, they may hold it in a phone booth.
Where would they find a phone booth?
This show is massive.
All of their headline celebrity speakers have bailed.
the former british owners of s&w almost destroyed the corporation by lapdoging the clinton administration.
warm-beer-drinking, meat-boiling, prattle-yammering, left-hand-driving, tea-swilling wankers!
S’what ya get for being so prim, progressive, politically-proper...........
formerly massive at any rate
They are getting pretty scarce, Maybe they could rent a Jiffy-John an have the show in the basement.
But not here in central Florida. I don't see it on the CNN website or anywhere else. I guess it doesn't fit the media meme.....
No kidding, their website offers free parking, but for the looks of it (list of exhibitors) visitors can ALL part out front!
I suspect the few remaining vendors will not do business again with this promoter. There are other promoters out there. Carlisle Exhibitions is having a sportsmen's show later in the year. It has the potential to be bigger than the one in Harrisburg. It is also in Carlisle, which is about 15 miles from Harrisburg. Carlisle is far from being the hell hole Harrisburg is, and they certainly have fewer of Obama's people running around.
So the short answer is, the market will correct itself.
What happens if no one comes to see this show?
President Obama and his lapdog media trumpet it as proof that the vast majority oe gun control planspf Americas agree with th
they are now offereing free parking
and are stating
“As a hunting-focused event, we welcome exhibitors who wish to showcase products and firearms that serve the traditional needs of the sport. Clearly, we strongly support the 2nd Amendment. However, this year we have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention that would distract from the strong focus on hunting and fishing at this family-oriented event and possibly disrupt the broader positive experience of our guests. “
The only speaker listed is Jamie Grey Olympic Gold Medalist from the US Olympic team for three position 22.
the others are cooks, dog trainers, fishng experts, hunting experts of some fashion.
no recognizable big names at all.
Are all these experts under contract by a sponsor still going?
THOMPSON/CENTER ARMS JUST PULLED OUT!
“liked” the FB page!
Don’t know. But, because they changed the format I think that may be a breach.
James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, As a market leader in the firearm industry and an iconic brand that spans 160 years of American history, we believe it is important to make our position perfectly clear: We support the Second Amendment and the rights of our law-abiding customers to purchase these and all legal firearms.
Therefore, we are unable to support any organization or event that prohibits legal firearms, or otherwise restricts a citizens lawful and constitutional rights
Jamie is a local girl. I really feel for her. This was going to be a big moment for her.
link to the shows SEVEN remaining featured exhibitors.
One is Yamaha USA.
Sportsman’s Shop is on the list.
The largest footprint is Grumbine’s RV Centre (spell ala UK)
mossberg is still in
thompson is still listed as in.
Ruger is still listed as in.
sportsmanliquidators is still in
this is a MASSIVE show.
the vast majority are little vendors.
Polaris Industries makes the Victory Motorcycle. That is supposed to be a rugged AMERICAN motorcycle. Hard to take them seriously when the opposed 2nd Amendment CIVIL RIGHTS.
People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Animal Liberation Front (ALF)
Rocky Mountain Animal Defense
Animal Rights Militia (ARM)
Lobster Liberation Front (LLF)
Southern Animal Rights Coalition (SARC)
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)
Western Animal Rights Network (WARN)
National Organization for Women (NOW)
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Vegetarians' International Voice for Animals (Viva!)
NARAL Pro-Choice America
Animal Liberation Brigade (ALB)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Stop Handgun Violence
Rainforest Action Network (RAN)
Ruger has announced they are bailing on the Commie Rat Anti-Second Amendment Bastards.
The promoter has not been updating the map. Ruger and Thompson are out. I expect Mossberg to boycott next.
They can’t keep up with the site.
What’s a phone booth?
if not mistaken that is the oldest family owned manufacturer in the usa.
Smith & Wesson®-Thompson/Center Arms® Withdraw from Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show®
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (January 22, 2013) -— Smith & Wesson, a U.S. based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, today announced that the Company will not attend nor will it support or participate in the 2013 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The announcement comes after the decision of show management company, Reed Exhibitions, to prohibit the display of modern sporting rifles in this years event.
James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, As a market leader in the firearm industry and an iconic brand that spans 160 years of American history, we believe it is important to make our position perfectly clear: We support the Second Amendment and the rights of our law-abiding customers to purchase these and all legal firearms. Therefore, we are unable to support any organization or event that prohibits legal firearms, or otherwise restricts a citizen’s lawful and constitutional rights.
About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products and training to the consumer, law enforcement, and military markets. The companys brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P® and Thompson/Center Arms. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.
Good one, funny.
ok so the thompson booth is gone too?
CPUSA and the DNC will share a booth at the show. In related news, Media Matters has agreed to cover the event and has been given 2 segments on 60 minutes.
Ping for later entertainment. Thank God companies still have the cahones to put principles first.
There is a coordinated effort clear one corner of a hall to an entire hall to all of the halls at the show. There are a lot of people making this boycott work.
They are being Chick-Fil-A’ed!
Rumor has it that Reed is threatening to sue those companies that are pulling out. If true, this is hurting them more than even I thought.
Reed Exhibitions itself is a huge target for a broader boycott, so many exhibitions and tradeshows. I suspect they’d not be too thrilled about being made a pariah by half the US population numerically and more than that as far as attendance, registered buyers and exhibitors.
A year is a lot of time for motivated major players to pull together an alternative to the SHOT Show and ESOS, both of which are under Reed. Might want to put them in a gun-friendly red state, for starters.
I hope that in the long run, those that are standing for the 2nd Amendment will receive regular business, and those who don't, we'll they can go out of business.
That is what should happen
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