Do you think tradition and history is an appropriate reason to retain (keep) a sports mascot? ?
- 2 months ago
What is so appropriate about NOT keeping a mascot? If you are worried about cultural appropriation then you will have to rename about half the states which are named after Indian tribes - Massachutses, Connecticut, Ohio, Iowa, MIchigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Oregon, Arizona, and etc.
- martinLv 72 months ago
Absolutely. Opinions and accusations of prejudice are often short-lived and irrelevant to new generations of sports fans.
- D.E.B.S.Lv 72 months ago
A mascot is just a marketing tool. If that tool is outdated or otherwise not useful for the club, then it should be retired. Typically, a long standing mascot brings identity to the team and therefore helps sell the team and its merchandise. From that sense, all other things equal, it's a good reason to keep it.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Sure, but there can be other appropriate reasons to get rid of a sports mascot that far outweigh, most notably if the sports mascot itself is inappropriate. Remember, sports mascots are for people, a tool of sports marketing to attract people and make and keep them as fans. So if what a mascot is is at all detrimental to that, then it stops fulfilling its purpose. Tradition and history become irrelevant in the face of a mascot harming its sole purpose: brand marketing. That remains true even in amateur sports because amateur sports rely on brand marketing to garner money from fans, from donors, from sponsors, the athletes not being paid having no bearing.
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- LiliLv 72 months ago
Not if it's offensive, no. Tradition and history aren't enough.
Just because something is "traditional" or has been around a long time doesn't automatically endow it with some special or sacred character. We've abandoned old traditions all the time in human history, because we've recognized that they weren't socially positive or even particularly civilized.