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Friday, March 27, 2020

No Sports Means No Demand for Giant Flags

For Amy Barnett, MLB’s Opening Day would not just have been the beginning of baseball. It would have been the beginning of her annual show season.

If you’ve ever seen an enormous American flag unfurl across an MLB diamond or NFL field, you’ve seen her work. The Utah woman is the founder of 50 Star Productions—the nation’s preeminent massive-flag-rental company. And as professional sports have shut down due to the coronavirus, Barnett has found herself in the same position as many small business owners. Her work has essentially disappeared overnight: A world with no sports has no demand for giant flags.

Barnett had been scheduled to provide a flag for 12 Opening Day games on Thursday. This typically marks the start of a new busy stretch for her after the bustle of football season has ended. But over the last few weeks, almost all of her scheduled events have been canceled or postponed indefinitely. (There’s just one left on the calendar: NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, which, for now, is still scheduled to take place at the end of May.)

“As the time continues to tick, I’m getting a little more anxious, a little more stressed,” says Barnett. “When you calculate the scenarios and it may be being out of work for five months—it gets a little heavy on my heart.”

A piece of some interest, for those curious about a common but often-overlooked aspect of attending many games.


QLE Posted: March 27, 2020 at 01:07 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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