Though some of the teams told the Post that they stopped staying at Trump hotels because of other reasons, like bus access, several confirmed that they pulled out because of Trump's politics.
The Raptors have not said why they chose to stop staying in Trump properties. It's pretty simple."The Post reached out to all 123 teams in the four major USA sports leagues to find out how many men's teams are still Trump customers". A total of 17 confirmed a visit to a Trump property within the past seven years, but had stopped booking rooms after Trump launched his run for the White House in June 2015.
At least 17 teams across the NBA, NHL, NFL, and Major League Baseball stayed at Trump properties across North America in recent years, with at least 16 of them no longer frequenting his establishments. One team, for instance, cited logistical concerns, stating that it was hard to transport the team from one of the hotels to the arena where they were scheduled to play.
National Basketball Association teams paid about $20,000 per night for rooms and food at hotels like Trump Soho, according to one team's estimate, the newspaper reports.
Yet the departure of these teams might be indicative of a larger trend.
Trump's hotels and casinos have been losing money since he announced his candidacy in June 2015, according to an analysis by Foursquare, which tracks social trends. For example, at least fifteen charities pulled away from hosting events at his Mar-a-Lago estate, with many citing Trump's hostile rhetoric for why they chose other sites. His team quit using Trump SoHo in 2016. His attacks on pro athletes in recent months likely won't change their minds, either.
On Wednesday, President Trump said former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick should've been suspended for kneeling during the national anthem, his latest public foray into sports and the ongoing protests against racial inequality.
If these professional teams are indeed taking a principled stand against Trump, they can not be blamed for doing so. But some coaches and players have made it clear that Trump's politics definitely factors into their decision to stay elsewhere.
'The president has repeatedly said he doesn't care about his business, he cares about the country, ' Sanders wrote in an email to The Post.