TERRY RAINWATER HAS AGREED TO THE POSTING OF THIS LETTER:
SHUFFLER’S NOTE: We believe this to be a strong and effective letter. We have indicated to Terry that we are willing to work with him in advancing the cause of SHUFFLEBOARD!!! Terry is working on “the next step” ~~ see his last paragraph of this letter.
Stan Speaks in 2018: READERS: Please get involved!!! One suggestion. Why not tell me why, and how, you support Shuffleboard, AND send the same message to your hometown local newspaper!!! 2018 11 04.
36815 Kay Ave.
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
June 11, 2007
Sony Corporation of America
550 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10022
Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman & CEO
I was watching Wheel of Fortune on TV tonight when a commercial came on advertising ReMax real estate services. Without going into a lot of detail, this commercial insulted anyone who plays in the sport of Shuffleboard as a game for only very old people at death’s door and promoted Golf as a healthful vibrant game which somehow related to ReMax real estate services. The commercial aired June 11, 2007 at about 7:15 P.M. EST in Tampa, FL on Brighthouse Cable TV Company channel 610. I am only one of thousands of District and State Amateur and Professional Shufflers and will be initiating a move to demand satisfaction from all those responsible for this insult on our sport. ReMax Real Estate, their advertising agency, Wheel of Fortune, Sony, Brighthouse Cable (AOL-Time Warner Advance/Newhouse), CBS and anyone else associated with this travesty.
I am a member of the Florida Shuffleboard Association http://www.fsa-shuffleboard.org/ , the Florida Central District Shuffleboard Association http://www.fsa-centraldistrict.org/ , and a contributor to an on-line shuffleboard news group, theshuffler.org/ . This news outlet shares shuffleboard sport news that includes the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, and others interested in our sport. I don’t know of any of our members that are in the condition as depicted in this horrible ReMax advertisement shown on your network on this date. I am an active participant in the sport of Shuffleboard and travel to tournaments around the State of Florida. Our club members include national as well as international champions who have traveled to several U.S States, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and Germany to compete in international shuffleboard competition.
The world needs to become acquainted with this sport for what it is, not what it is not, as implied by this ReMax ad and allowed to continue on your network. The sport of Shuffleboard needs sponsors who care about this sport and understands its’ intricacies. We’re not just shoving a disc down a slab of concrete to pass time or for lack of ability or anything else to do. The sport is much more demanding, and in some ways similar to the Canadian sport of Curling. I used to play golf, but traded my clubs for a shuffleboard cue stick after I discovered that shuffleboard is much more competitive than golf and demands every bit as much, if not more skill and years of disciplined play.
I’m not knocking golf but we need the world to know that shuffleboard is just as demanding and requires every bit as much skill as Golf, Curling, and most other more well known sports. We’ve not had our public awakening but it’s time.
We need help, not criticism. We need supporters to help us promote the game for what it is through education which will lead to greater participation.
How can you help? We’re working on that. Stay tuned. In the mean time, look us up on the above web sites, check out the rules and get to know the game. Come visit us and view a tournament in person. Let me know and I’ll set it up right. Your response to how we can best turn this perception away from the depiction in the ReMax ad would be appreciated.
Sincerely, Terry Rainwater
Cc: ReMax, Time Warner Cable, The Shuffler, Florida Shuffleboard Association, CBS News.
P.S. For other Shuffleboard Club Members. Addressed copies of this letter were sent as follows: