Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Houston Mattress Magnate bets millions on Astros to win World Series

People in Houston need no introduction to Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, who owns Gallery Furniture in Houston. A lot of sports fans may not either, as he’s made quite a name for himself by associating his business with both the highs and lows of the Houston Astros over the years.

I don’t know much about his business at large, but he’s been on our radar for several years. Back in 2014, when the Astros were absolutely terrible, he promised a customers who spent a certain amount of money on furniture at his store a refund if the Astros didn’t lose 100 games that year. They lost only 92 games and Mattress Mack had to pay out $4 million or so in refunds. In 2017 he did a similar thing except this time he offered big refunds if the Astros won the World Series. Which they did, of course, which cost Mattress Mack around $12 million.

Mattress Mack is at it again this year. He’s been offering customers who spend over $3,000 on stuff a refund if the Astros once again win the World Series, as they’re favored to do.

One might think that this is irresponsible, but you probably don’t become a successful furniture salesman if you’re not savvy about such things. I mean, without even knowing anything about the guy or listening to him explain himself, it’s a very safe assumption that the guy simply — and correctly — figured that his offer was great, mostly free advertising, that it increased sales volume and that it might’ve inspired people on the fence to buy something. His margins, along with some well-thought-out conditions on the refund offer, no doubt ensures that his “crazy” promotion will do more good than harm for his business.

If only the teams could be this flamboyant with their promotions….


QLE Posted: October 03, 2019 at 12:19 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: astros, gambling, world series

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.



<< Back to main


All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand

BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF


Thanks to
for his generous support.


You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogRon Darling believes Nationals are vindicated for Strasburg shutdown
(30 - 2:50pm, Jan 27)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-27-2020
(52 - 2:48pm, Jan 27)
Last: Rennie's Tenet

NewsblogOT - NBA Thread 2020
(750 - 2:47pm, Jan 27)
Last: Booey

NewsblogFortified White Sox say they’re ready to contend again
(10 - 2:44pm, Jan 27)
Last: SoSH U at work

Gonfalon CubsBeing cheap is not a plan
(63 - 2:37pm, Jan 27)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogPosnanski: Baseball 100 Rules
(453 - 2:37pm, Jan 27)
Last: bbmck

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-24-2020
(22 - 2:34pm, Jan 27)
Last: Der-K: at 10% emotional investment

NewsblogJustin Turner on Astros' 2017 World Series Title: 'It's Hard to Feel They Earned It'
(21 - 2:33pm, Jan 27)
Last: BillWallace

NewsblogRed Sox, Padres have reportedly discussed Mookie Betts trade that includes a surprising name
(51 - 2:32pm, Jan 27)
Last: Jose Is Absurdly Chatty

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (January 2020)
(230 - 2:28pm, Jan 27)
Last: Ben Broussard Ramjet

NewsblogOrange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli died in Kobe helicopter crash
(8 - 2:28pm, Jan 27)
Last: Jose Is Absurdly Chatty

NewsblogCardinals' speed-based style thrilled baseball fans in the 1980s, but would it work today?
(32 - 2:27pm, Jan 27)
Last: Rally

NewsblogOT - Soccer Thread - January, 2020
(279 - 2:27pm, Jan 27)
Last: AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther

NewsblogRoyals star Pérez becomes US Citizen at team’s fan event
(10 - 2:10pm, Jan 27)
Last: Gary Truth Serum

Hall of Merit2021 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(159 - 1:11pm, Jan 27)
Last: Dr. Chaleeko

Page rendered in 0.2284 seconds
44 querie(s) executed