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Beer League Pricing Just Went Up

Jumbo Shrimp Go Big with Expensive Ballpark Sampler Platter.

Do you zig when others zag?

With an uncertain economy many teams are pitching value pricing to carve out revenue, but not the Jumbo Shrimp. Here is a new offering to those who might have some extra funds under there seat cushions: The Most Expensive Sampler Platter. It’s a softball game experience at the ballpark from the Shrimp with food, drink and fireworks.

Kidding aside this is a fun pitch from Jacksonville, and in the same vein as finding ways to create revenue, buzz and unique experiences at the ballpark.

And with dates available at the park you gotta do what you gotta do.

Creative Pandemic Revenue Streams are Alive and Well

Last summer we saw teams across the country finding ways to generate revenue without games.  Concession food offered in drive-thru, ...

Framing Up the Game in NH

The FisherCats are welcoming fans back and normalizing their fan experience after the long pandemic great. This includes those 'suitable-for-framing' ...

Tommy Hawk Gets Reel

What's better than a game-ritual social media sensation? A game-ritual social media sensation compilation. Here's Tommy Hawk wrapping up a ...

Rethinking Mascots in Masks

We had a good discussion about mascots wearing masks earlier in the pandemic with David Raymond.  While teams each have ...

New Rules in Richmond

The pandemic erased the 2020 season and is having lasting effects into 2021.  The Flying Squirrels are facing the challenge ...

Gnash Is In The House!

The Nashville Predators are taking advantage of the pandemic that allows them some flexibility on game nights. The team has ...

Chuck Taking Over LA

Shout out to Chuck the Condor in LA for staying active and fun on social media.  Holidays, Game Days, drip, ...

Mascots Spread the Virus Word

Mascots have a long history in public health and these furry and inflatable characters are working tirelessly  during this global ...

More Virtual Dancing Fun from Buzz City

We looked (twice) at the excellent pandemic efforts from the Golden State Warriors. They have used the no-fan and no-floor ...

Saturday Night Live in Calgary

Really fun intro video from the Calgary Flames. The pandemic is fueling some creativity, sometimes just due to the freedom ...

Sixer Fix

Like many teams the Sixers have limited or no fans (as of 1/25 they were not allowing fans) at games.  ...

Virtual Rally in Dallas

Mavericks are circling the wagons this weekend with a Mavs Academy Virtual Rally for Kids. Due to COVID, the Mavs ...

Bears in Hershey

Last week I flagged an article for an upcoming Water Cooler post (this one). The Hershey Bears, famous for their ...

High Five – Detroit Pistons

Our "High Five" series looks at five stand out elements from a live team reviews around the country, along with ...

January 2021 Party in the Back Podcast

We start 2021 with a bang including three great guest for a Party in the Back.  mazing Balancing Act. Tyler ...

High Five – Indy Fuel

Our "High Five" series looks at five stand out elements from a live team reviews around the country, along with ...

NBA Mascots are back with Rolo

A global pandemic can't stop the on-going feud between NBA mascots and the NBA's unshaven caveman Robin Lopez. Here Franklin ...

Pandemic Bear Success Story

We always value celebrating your successful promotions. Nice to receive a pat on the back (even if it is patting ...

Bear Toss Alternatives

Here are a couple more twists on the Pandemic Era Teddy Bear Toss. First from the the Springfield Thunderbirds. They ...

Behind the Wubble Sky

Really fun use of outtakes, behind the scenes footage and content from the WNBA Bubble last summer from the Chicago ...

Staying Connected

The Admirals are staying connected and reminding fans they are still caring ambassadors in the community. This weekend they held ...

Virtual Chuck-a-Puck in Fayetteville

The Fayetteville Marksmen are letting fans doing what they do, but do it from home...this time with a virtual Chuck-a-Puck ...

Behind the Scenes

Great use of social media to show fans Homer is still active in the community. These quick photos at non-public ...

Quick Change Lasting Loss

Sad news at the Water Cooler today.  The artist David Maas passed away yesterday from COVID-19. David and Dania are ...

Storming TikTok

Mascots are stepping up their TikTok game, like Stormy here. While the fate of TikTok still hangs in the balance ...

Iconic Laker Girls on Pause

Major announcement from the LA Lakers regarding their iconic dance team: No auditions for the year. This comes on the ...

SlapJack Cover Up

NAHL mascot SlapJack from the Odessa Jackalopes is giving fans a chance to make him a mask. SlapJack provides simple ...

Scan Your Mascot

Keeping your distance. Connecting with fans. Sometimes it's hard to find a way to do both under the new reality ...

Pandemic Changes Dance Production Value

The pandemic is pushing creativity....and it's awesome. Check these NFL dance teams who are adjusting their presentation to the new ...

Turkey Day Tradition in Waterloo

Waterloo Black Hawks are celebrating 50 years of their Thanksgiving Game.  The party started with the announcement of the game ...

National MeLVin Appreciation Day

MeLVin knows what day it is. It was Teddy Bear Day and Lehigh Valley Phantoms mascot MeLVin used it to ...

Coyote Traveling Trick is a Treat

Spurs Coyote is not just sitting at home this Halloween, he has an epic Trick or Treat tour planned. With ...

MLS Atlanta Adapts

The MLS team Atlanta United is adapting to the pandemic with a giveaway for fans despite having limited attendance. MLS ...

Browns In It Together

The Browns created an excellent scoreboard video sewing together their drum line, Health Care Workers, Utility Workers, Grocery Workers, Teachers, ...

Shy Sky Player Impression

More player content packaged for social media, this from the Chicago Sky. This has the feel of a player personality ...

Keeping Proper Distance in PDX

The Portland Timbers and Providence Oregon are teaming up for a fundraising effort with a clever connection to the team ...

Saints Bobbing for Votes

It is election season and the Saint Paul Saints are rocking the vote. As many teams have done during election ...

Broncos Killed Kenny

Cardboard seats are in vogue and the Broncos have pulled in from nearby South Park Colorado to fill their stadium ...

Master Builders Back Bolts

The Bolts are using the hashtag #BeTheDistantThunder during the playoffs to organize their faithful behind the team. Be The Distant ...

2017 Promo in Tucson was Pandemic Ready

Today we have another Throwback Edition of the Water Cooler from 2017. This one caught our eye as a good ...

Pandemic Humor

Humor can be challenging in hard times. When is it okay for a playful poke or to look at the ...

e-Gino Time in Boston

The Boston Celtics tradition of dancing with Gino to celebrate Celtic wins is alive and well despite the global pandemic ...

Phillies are a Cutout Above

Teams across the country are playing it safe by replacing fans with COVID-free cardboard cutouts of fans.  And the Philadelphia ...

Kids’ Ask the Indians

As game operations and social media merge during the pandemic here is another example of a scoreboard feature that is ...

Measured Videoboard Graphic has Notre Dame Buzzing

This weekend at the Notre Dame football they had what I would consider to be a playful "cam", called "Physical ...

Welcome to Thunderdome

No fans? No problem. The WWE and The Famous Group have created the virtual fan solution that brings the energy ...

Too Esoteric For Your Demographic?

It has been said that you can be too esoteric for your demographic. The Rapid City Rush might be in ...

Making Moments in Toledo

The Toledo Walleye are making memories and getting fans to reflect attending games.  Here is a great tweet from the ...

Heads Up in DC

Fun game of Heads Up from the WNBA Champion Mystics. Heads Up is a game available on the App Store ...

Ugly Holiday Masks

Masks are not only a sign of the times, they are mandatory in most public settings. Including your arena. So ...

Bruins New Look Introductions

Do what you do, but do it from home. It's been our pandemic mantra since March and a driver for ...

Atlanta Braves’ New Dance Team

Teams everywhere are adapting to the limitations of the pandemic. Staffs are pitching in to make the show complete with ...

Put Your Fans In Their Place

You miss fans and they miss you (or at least your games, ha). There have been so many great uses ...

Orchestral Grit

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Award-Winning Year of the Fan in KZoo

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Free Pot Giveaway in Saint Paul

The Saints continue to set the bar with playful and creative promotions. The global pandemic has not slowed this promotional ...

ZOOM Cheering and Virtual Streaking

If it wasn't enough that you have Zoom meetings from 9-5, now you can watch and cheer on your favorite ...

Playful NHL Puts FUN in the Bubble

There is no shortage of playful fun from the NHL's Playoff Bubble. Rogers Place videoboard is on a roll with ...

Soccer Battles COVID

Love this BIG BOLD statement from the Zenit SPB. Instead of rallying against the other team they make the statement ...

Shooting Shirts via Twitter

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Doing the Wave….Alone.

Never as much fun alone. A for effort and a metaphor for the times. Once surrounded by tens of thousands ...

Meet Your New Entertainment Team

The bubble has locked out the dancers, mascots, drummers, flippers, cheerleaders, stunters, senior dancers, kid dancers and dunk teams. Opening ...

Magnet Schedules Repurposed

Stuck with thousands of pocket schedules and magnets that feature all the game you didn't play this year. The Rochester ...

Show Must Go On

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Captains are Saving Memories

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Signs of the Times

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A Song Breaks Out in Kzoo

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Gritty is Orange Velvet Cake

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Pelican Typo

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Durham Says Thanks

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Handwritten Love from Indy

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Beer League Pricing Just Went Up

Do you zig when others zag? With an uncertain economy many teams are pitching value pricing to carve out revenue, ...

Franklin Spreads the Fun

Nice video to celebrate 7/6 Day with Franklin who shows you can keep your social distance (plus wear a mask) ...

Hawks Dancers Pose in Winning Post

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Aces Mask Up

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July 2020 Party in the Back Podcast

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Masked Community Ambassador

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Celtic Heroes Among Us

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Railcats Continue to Plan the Fun

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Icy Rocks the Summer

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Father’s Take over MILB Ballparks

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Make Fun or Repost Fun

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Mud Hens’ Deliver

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Bears Shooting T-Shirts in Hershey

Another great example of repackaging in-game content for social media, this one from the Hershey Bears. Even better, this was ...

June 2020 Party in the Back Podcast

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Twitter Giveaway

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Make them Miss It

So many great posts using footage and photos from the games. While everyone ramps up posts and engagement, asking fans ...

Little Dogs Serve Up Big Promo

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New Mascot: The King of Keeping Away

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How Many Graphic Artists Do the Cubs Have?

Perhaps the most job security in sports this week was in the Chicago Cubs Graphics Department. As many teams have ...

Working to Scale in Richmond

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Race Wednesday in Buffalo

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Virtual Dunkin’ Race in Chicago

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Busy Biscuit

Jumping into Zoom meetings, making Mother's Day Deliveries, word finds, and online skits...Biscuit has been busy.  The Allen American's mascot ...

Stripers’ Simba Cam

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Kid Race in Hartford

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Pirates’ Viral Shirt Toss

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Wolves Dancers getting good at Zoom

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What Will This Look Like?

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May the Fourth From a Galaxy Very Close to You

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Real Hero Jersey Takeovers

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Flying Hot Dog Fun From Home

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Mascot House Calls

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Instagram Giveaway

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Putting the Graphics Department to Work

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BINGO Surge

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Respecting Tradition in San Jose

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Pro Dance Teams Add Full Slate of Activities

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Learning to Draw on Lockdown

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Dueling Egg Hunts

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Panthers Mark their Virtual Territory with 5K

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IceHogs Don’t Wait to Honor First Responders

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IceHogs Hold Virtual Fan Appreciation Night

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JumboShrimp Go Big on Small Screen

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DC Mascots Split Screen Dance Party

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Comet Drive-By Birthday Celebration

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NFL Cheerleaders Driving Content

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Thunderbirds Lockdown Fan Appreciation

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Throw Back Thursday, Beatles Edition

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Do What You Do, Do It At Home

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Stanley Scrambles While Sluggo Gets Swoll

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Yard Goats Connect During Lockdown

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Slugger Teaches Our Youth

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April 2020 Party in the Back Podcast

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Cardinals Honor Community All-Stars on Cards

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Blazer Dancer Leads Online Dance Class

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Do the Five Challenge

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Driving Thanks in Rochester

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In-Game Promotion remade to In-Home Promotion

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Quarantine Jam

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Power Up Education from Richmond

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Color Me Up

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High Fives, Fist Bumps and the Corona Virus

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