Skip to comments.Reed Exhibitions: Politics Over Money
Posted on 01/24/2013 7:22:30 PM PST by marktwain
The Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show (ESS) is one of the biggest in the world. It is (or was) held in Pennsylvania, and had upward of 200,000 attendees each year. On January 18th, word was received that the management of ESS decided to change the show rules at (for major shows) the last minute. They decided the political climate was right to prohibit Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) from the show.
The response was immediate and massive, amplified by overwhelming grassroots support. Vendors bailed, even if it cost them thousands, in protest of this blatant politicization of the show. Cabela's, one of the main sponsors, bailed almost immediately. The spontaneous boycott snowballed. By yesterday a quarter of vendors and celebrities had bailed, and more were announcing by the hour. Reed Exhibitions' response was curious. They could have ended the boycott and saved the show very quickly by announcing that the decision was a local mistake, or a misunderstanding. They chose to do neither, promising a statement from day to day, while not delivering one, as the boycott gained momentum and grew gigantic.
Finally, a statement was released today, saying that the show was "postponed". In practice, for a major show, this means "canceled".
Here is their statement. I find it difficult to interpret it as anything other than a statement that they would rather anger the majority of their American customers rather than retract their last minute change of policy:
Our original decision not to include certain products in the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show this year was made in order to preserve the events historical focus on the hunting and fishing traditions enjoyed by American families. In the current climate, we felt that the presence of MSRs would distract from the theme of hunting and fishing, disrupting the broader experience of our guests. This was intended simply as a product decision, of the type event organizers need to make every day.
It has become very clear to us after speaking with our customers that the event could not be held because the atmosphere of this years show would not be conducive to an event that is designed to provide family enjoyment. It is unfortunate that in the current emotionally charged atmosphere this celebratory event has become overshadowed by a decision that directly affected a small percentage of more than 1,000 exhibits showcasing products and services for those interested in hunting and fishing.
ESS has long been proud to participate in the preservation and promotion of hunting and fishing traditions, and we hope that as the national debate clarifies, we will have an opportunity to consider rescheduling the event when the time is right to focus on the themes it celebrates.
In effect, Reed Exhibitions would rather cancel the show than return to the status quo that existed before they made their inflammatory and political decision.
It appears that supporting the Obama regime's politics was more important to them than making money.
They are a large organization based in Europe. The manage over 400 shows a year, of which only 32 are in the United States. They appear to be on the "progressive" end of the political spectrum. While lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people often support armed self defence (Pink Pistols), separating them as a subgroup to be targeted for marketing is not indicative of a conservative organization. Reed Exibitions' issue of a press release on January 8th that did just that.
Reed Exhibitions parent company, Reed Elsevier, announced that they would be exiting the Defense Exhibition business during the second half of 2007.
It remains to be seen if Reed Exhibitions will be retained by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to manage the Shot Show next year, as they did just two weeks ago.
I find the lack of media coverage amazing. We have everything necessary for a great news story. British company dabbles in American politics, perhaps trying to curry favor with the administration.
American grass roots response by boycott is immediate and massive. A huge show, with over 200,000 attendees is shut down because the Brits will not back down.
This in the middle (likely because of) some of the most hotly contested political issues in years.
Not a peep from the old media. Why is this not covered in the New York Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR?
A cynical person would say that it is not covered because it hurts the Obama regimes political agenda.
AR15 ban link
Boycott story link
Pink Pistols Link
press release link
Reed Elsevier Defense Exhibition link
National Shooting Sports Foundation Link
It would be just if the exhibitors are able to sue to recover their expenses lost due to Reed Exhibitions changing the contract too late to recover those expenses.
“It is unfortunate that in the current emotionally charged atmosphere this celebratory event has become overshadowed by a decision that directly affected a small percentage of more than 1,000 exhibits showcasing products and services for those interested in hunting and fishing.”
This just proves that these British fascists just don’t get it. Unlike them we comprehend that this is just the start of what will be banned. I’m sure they would love it if the U.S. was regulated the same as the U.K. where they seek to ban even kitchen knives. This is the U.S and if they don’t want to have legal, constitutional business conducted under their banner, then so be it, they can go to hell. There will always be someone to fill the void and give people what they want.
The show should be rescheduled at a pro-gun location with proceeds from exhibits going to 2nd Amendment causes. NRA volunteers could help set up the location and man the food booths. Keep the fees and admissions low so venders can recoup their losses.
“A cynical person would say that it is not covered [by the MSM] because it hurts the Obama regimes political agenda.”
I note that Reed Exhibits is a sister company to LexisNexis under the Reed Elsevier parent company. LN is a major provider of legal and business reference data deeply involved with state and federal government agencies.
A small percentage? Huh? Over a quarter of the exhibitors & vendors had already bailed out, and more were bailing out every day. By the time the show would have started, Reed Inc. would have been lucky if they had 1/4 of the exhibits & vendors remaining. What a bunch of arrogant English a__holes. Serves 'em right for pandering to the gun grabbing lefties.
If I’m not mistaken, the Expo/Farm Show venue announced today that all monies paid by exhibitors, who subsequently cancelled due to the Reed rules change, would be refunded in-full.
I predict they are TOAST in the USA and hopefully elsewhere. I would advise them to move to N Korea were they will find their utopia. And before they move they should STFU.
canceled. Great news.
Yes, but airline fares, hotel reeservations, advertising expenses, temporary employment expenses, vehicle reservations, and more may be consideerably greater then the exhibition fees.
I do several trade shows every year, and I would think they would have to return the money. The exhibitors and Reed entered into the agreements with a specific understanding of what would be allowed at the show.
If all of the people who cancelled were to file suit against Reed the cost would be astronomical. Even if Reed eventually won, they’d probably lose more money than they would if they simply refunded the money.
Postponing (cancelling) the show means they have to give all of the money back anyway.
They’re probably taking the least expensive path. But they’re still gonna take a huge financial hit. Serves the tyranny loving a—holes right.