Go Cavs, But Your Advertising On Our Landmarks Must Go. This is not art or culture, and is ugly!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 05/08/2010 - 23:22.

In 2006, Gen-X Consultant Rebecca Ryan came to Cleveland to speak at the City Club and lead some roundtable discussions (hosted by realNEO) on making this region more desirable to the global Generation-X population.  She was working on Gen-X planning in Akron and Canton and proposed to the City of Cleveland some collaboration with her regional efforts - she was suggesting to brainstorm very openly at very little cost to the city. Her outreach received the cold shoulder here. The last time I remember communicating about this was with Chris Ronayne, then with the city of Cleveland, and I was basically told the development people were too busy trying to close a Nike Cavaliers advertising deal to bother with Rebecca Ryan's proposal - the city economic development resources were too focused on Cavaliers advertising to care.

Chris went on to lead University Circle Incorporated, and the city economic development official who was working on the Cavaliers advertising deal went on to start his own real estate firm.

Today, Jeff Buster points out that there are Cavaliers advertisements on Cleveland landmarks - he photographed a Cavaliers head-piece defacing a sculpture on the Carnegie Lorain Bridge, below.

I happened to come across a similar situation today as I went out to photograph my favorite sculpture, Rodin's Thinker, in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and found the facade of the museum defaced with huge Cleveland Cavaliers advertisement banners - nearly as much advertising space as the Nike banner across from the Gund Areana, that Chris Ronayne's City Hall worked so hard to arrange for the Cavs around 2006. Now there are Cavaliers advertisement banners on Chris Ronayne's Cleveland Museum of Art... or is that the people's museum of art?!?!

I'm sure Nike is paying Forest City for the advertising banner the city helped get placed on the facade of Terminal Tower property, opposite the Q - it would be interesting to know how much, and if the city benefited from that.

More important, how much is it worth to the Cavaliers corporation to have their advertisements defacing the Carnegie Lorain bridge (if it is even legal for anyone to allow defacing a public National Historic Landmark with private advertising), and the Cleveland Museum of Art (same legal issue)? Did the Cavaliers pay for this advertising, and how much? If not, will they be fined for placing these advertisements on public-funded property?

There are also obvious conflicts of interest between this CMA advertisement and the Cavaliers - new board member Aggie Gund has family connections to former if not current Cavaliers ownership - there should not be Cavs advertisements on the CMA facade. I doubt she realizes all this, but museum and University Circle leadership should.

The only reasons for such advertisements is to encourage passers-by to purchase Cavaliers products and tickets, and raise value of Cavaliers-related advertising, by boosting ratings. This increases the value of the franchise, too, were the owners contemplating cashing-out or raising capital. There is no excuse for a city allowing such advertising on public property, especially if it is at a cost to taxpayers.

Despite all that, I wish the Cavaliers and Cleveland Museum of Art well.

Go Cavs.

But, your advertising on our landmarks must go.

This is not art, is not about community pride, and is ugly.

Be Free

- and start thinking about what you are doing here...


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Am I being a bully here?

Am I being a bully here, saying this advertising must go? Is it rude or bullying to bring this to public attention? The Cavs are important to the economy - so are the Gunds and CMA - should I just shut up if something like this involves important people?

Is Jeff being a bully?

Interesting question!

Bullies may be good friends, sweethearts, and darlings.


a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.
Archaic. a man hired to do violence.
Obsolete. a pimp; procurer.
Obsolete. good friend; good fellow.
Obsolete. sweetheart; darling.

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Cavs sign on Museum

I think it demeans the institution.  And, it, too, makes me seriously wonder if the museum has rented out the space for advertising. Overall, I think it's a bad decision on someone's part.


... sort of like being forced to do an ad for Jesus

The owners of the Cavs are some of the richest people on Earth and the museum and orchestra are struggling financially - if they cut a deal with the Cavs to get paid big money to do publicity stunts and have ads on their buildings... and the boards are cool with that... it is probably their right (although it does mess up historic landmarks and the reputations of lots of people who probably don't give a damn about the Cavs... sort of like being forced to do an ad for Jesus).

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They are placing slot machines in the Severance Hall lobby?!?!

They are placing slot machines in the Severance Hall lobby, and planning a LeRoy Neiman exhibit at the CMA...

I won't even comment on this, except to ask who plans the media strategy for all these organizations and who is paying the bills for all the Cavaliers advertising here... ?


VIRAL VIDEO: The Cleveland Orchestra shows support for the Cavs!

Friday, May 7, 2010 · 1 comments

The musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, with conductor Robert Porco, created a video in support of The Cleveland Cavaliers. Good luck to the Cavs, and especially LeBron James, as you fight for the championship in the NBA Playoffs!

VIRAL VIDEO: The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus - GO CAVS!

From: clevelandorchestra | May 07, 2010 | 7,149 views

On May 5, 2010, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, with conductor Robert Porco, made a video at Severance Hall to support the Cavs in their fight for the 2010 NBA Championships. LeBron - You're more than a player!


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What will University Circle do to promote the circus?

Do the musician's union contracts require them to do ads for local tourist events...? I'm just trying to picture some internationally important classical musician explaining to his friends in Austria why they had to do a commercial for the local basbetball team, when his friend from Europe calls to laugh at him after seeing the Orchestra on YouTube.

I wonder if the Vienna symphony does ads for the local football team? What is the going rate for union musicians doing the work of other union musicians for free, or whatever went down here.

When did WVIZ get into the advertising business and is that the best they can do with like $10 million in hardware?

What will University Circle do to promote the circus? Will classical musicians do mime?

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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Maybe they will drain the lagoon in front of the Art Museum and hold the circus there.

A high wire act there would be grand!

He who laughs last didn't get the joke.