I am the editor of “Music Inner City News Magazine” www.musicinnercity.com and here at “Sports Inner City Online” as well as producer of “Music Inner City TV) I am also a sports fan. And I am person who is trying in my own way to reach the African American community to get more fans to attend Seattle Mariners games at Safeco Field.
But sorry to say, it seems our Mariners really do not care about reaching African American fans to maybe come to games at Safeco. I say this because I have tried over and over to obtain advertising dollars from the Mariners for my TV show “Music Inner City TV” and on my websites.
The Mariners requested I call the advertising agency that handles all the Mariners ads. I have called them at least five times. Got voicemail and leave a voicemail and do not get a call back.
Over the last few years the Mariners have done “token” advertising in the Facts and Medium Newspapers here in Seattle. Two African American newspapers here in town. It seems the Seattle Mariners do not care about reaching African American baseball fans. But it also seems MLB as a whole do not care also.
The question is why readers? Last season New York Yankee player Curtis Granderson wondered where are the African American fans at games. I also heard a interview that Seattle Mariner broadcaster Dave Sims (who is African American) did with Seattle Times writer Steve Kelly on his K-Cast podcast and he mentioned that MLB has a problem with African Americans not coming to games at Safeco Field. The he can count on one hand the African American fans at games.
So it seems African Americans are not playing baseball like they used to and not coming to games too. It is a problem that our Seattle Mariners and MLB seem not to care about.
Why have a “Jackie Robinson Day” here in Seattle and in all MLB parks. Mr. Robinson would not be happy at all if he attended a game at Safeco Field or even Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park. He would ask where are the African American players and fans.
It seems our Mariners do not care like they should and MLB too. Gordon Curvey