Prop up state halls of fame with video gambling, says Macon Democrat

You might want to file this under “ideas whose time haven’t yet come.” From the Macon Telegraph:

State Sen. Robert Brown wants to keep the Georgia music and sports halls of fame in Macon, and he is proposing propping up the finances for the two museums by putting video gambling machines inside.

Specific details of his proposal will come out in a Senate bill next week, according to a statement from Brown’s office, but basically, he wants the museums to partner with the Georgia Lottery Corp. to put video gambling machines in little-used spaces of the 43,000-square-foot museums.

A pair of museums, livened up by gambling, should mean “downtown Macon businesses will benefit from the increased people traffic to what will be a unique and fresh entertainment district,” Brown, D-Macon, said in the statement.

It’s too late in the legislative session for passage this year, as Brown admitted, but he pointed out that his idea will be alive for debate next January.

Brown has been talked about as a likely candidate for mayor of Macon this year.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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29 comments Add your comment

Just Wait

March 28th, 2011
10:12 am

Might as well put in a bar and a couple of poles for dancers.

Last Man Standing

March 28th, 2011
10:25 am

“Brown has been talked about as a likely candidate for mayor of Macon this year.”

If Brown is elected Mayor, I predict that he will make C. Jack Ellis look good – and that bodes nothing good for Macon.

Knows Brown

March 28th, 2011
10:44 am

Robert Brown is a good man. He was a good State Senator for years, but has moved beyond his prime. I supported past mayoral considerations, but his time has passed. I hope he bows out gracefully. If he is not careful, his public and private mistakes will become his legacy, and all the good he did for years will be forgotten.

Andre

March 28th, 2011
10:50 am

That sounds like a pretty good idea, that might actually wake up that sleepy area down there.

Debra

March 28th, 2011
11:03 am

The reason that Macon might lose the Music and Sport Halls is because Senator Brown and Representative Lucas didn’t want to fund the “White” museums with an extra penny from the hotel motel tax. THEIR WORDS not mine. His stance on the “White” museums changed when he decided to throw his hat in the ring for Mayor! Does he really think that his racist behind will get a white vote or two because of this stupid idea on how to fund the “White” museums?

findog

March 28th, 2011
11:16 am

Last man,
What are the options?
Increase revenue or shut them down
Why is video poker not a viable solution?

deezcoons

March 28th, 2011
11:37 am

funny how gambling is immoral and wrong until crooked politicians need more money, then it’s ok

blacksheep

March 28th, 2011
11:38 am

zzzzzzzzzzzz

deezcoons

March 28th, 2011
11:41 am

i live in macon and can tell you that the halls have no business being here. There just isn’t enough foot traffic for them to be successfull. Lucas is just like every politician slimey and crooked

Last Man Standing

March 28th, 2011
11:43 am

findog:

I think the museums should have been mobed to Atlanta because they would definitely have more visitors thus more revenue. Macon is a little too far from Atlanta to lure those people visiting Atlanta from out of state. The rising crime rate in Macon coupled with the recession has harmed the attractiveness of Macon. It is nice for me to have the museums a mere 25 miles away, but I would rather see them move than see them close.

I think the idea of adding gambling in these museums would cheapen them and make the net result unattractive.

Last Man Standing

March 28th, 2011
11:45 am

deezcoons:

You will get no argument from me! You are correct on both counts.

Last Man Standing

March 28th, 2011
11:53 am

Debra:

“Senator Brown and Representative Lucas didn’t want to fund the “White” museums”

I have never understood their reasoning on this! Both museums honor far more blacks than whites. I guess the big exception would be the Allman Brothers, but what of all the black singers and musicians that have a place in that museum? Frankly, if Otis Redding wasn’t in the museum, I probably would have never visited it.

Lum

March 28th, 2011
11:56 am

This just highlights the silliness of state run sham “halls of fame.” Ought to call them “halls of stupidity.”

Centrist

March 28th, 2011
12:05 pm

Why do we care what a racist Democrat from Macon thinks about video gambling and funding museums?

Wouldn’t it be better not to blog at all, than to pick such silly subjects?

Alabama Communist

March 28th, 2011
12:12 pm

Sounds good! He might want to move some Vegas shows and HO’s into the Hall Of Fame to really cash flow the operation………

Jon

March 28th, 2011
12:29 pm

Lived in Macon for 20 years. Had no choice but to leave. City has been on the decline for a LOOOOOOONG time. I don’t see anybody with a vision to save it. Not sure why anybody would want to be Mayor there.

Burp Bacharach

March 28th, 2011
12:53 pm

Good idea! Bring back the Macon Whoopee’s marketing and legalize prostitution while your at it. Go big or go home.

DannyX

March 28th, 2011
1:20 pm

You want to increase traffic? Add the “Georgia Internet Porn Museum”

findog

March 28th, 2011
1:42 pm

LMS,
Nice to see someone without the back yard mentality, for or against, towards this type of development.
Problem with these was that as with too many other issues in Georgia they had to be spread out geographically to pass through the pork bellied legislature [current and past]
But right now we don’t have the money to move them; so do we mothball the exhibits until we move them, or keep pumping good money after bad until they can be moved?

P.S.: nice shot Friday night

Pinky Lee

March 28th, 2011
2:34 pm

No one wants to be in downtown Macon after dark anymore. Macon has more than its share of want to be thugs with know end in sight. Brown and Lucas have never had a plan unless they could involve some type of race theme to it. Time for those two boys to move on.

grizzybear

March 28th, 2011
2:50 pm

what a stupid idea of putting gambling machines in a museum!

Last Man Standing

March 28th, 2011
3:13 pm

findog:

Mothball, definitely! There are far more important pressing issues to deal with other than museums that can’t break even. If we ever have the money again, load ‘em up and move them to where they can be self-supporting. Unless Macon rebounds (I don’t see that happening), the financial picture for the museims will continue to worsen.

“P.S.: nice shot Friday night”?????

Douglas

March 28th, 2011
3:48 pm

@Last Man Standing, you can’t understand their reasoning because THERE IS NO REASONING. It’s all emotions.

Debra

March 28th, 2011
4:22 pm

I love the music hall of fame. The set-up of the museum and exhibits are ingenious and fun. If there was more traffic, the soda shop could be a working exhibit. Think how much fun it would be to go in play the juke box, dance, have a shake and fry served by a girl in a poodle shirt, etc ……….. The state should move the music hall of fame to Athens because it’s the up and coming music mecca. Macon doesn’t deserve to have the museums.

Last Man Standing

March 28th, 2011
4:28 pm

Debra:

“The state should move the music hall of fame to Athens because it’s the up and coming music mecca”

Now, that’s a possibility I haven’t though about at all. Do you think it would stand a chance there with the college students? Taste in music has definitely changed over the years – and not for the better!

Last Man Standing

March 28th, 2011
4:29 pm

Douglas:

You are probably correct, but I don’t even understand the emotions here.

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

March 29th, 2011
7:37 pm

I love the Music Hall of Fame. It’s a lot of fun but the best thing about is the fact that there are so few people there! I shudder to think what would happen if they moved it to any part of the metro area: long lines, jammed parking lots. It’s joyful right where it is. The city of Macon has done a poor job of promoting it and developing the area around the museum thus giving more people to go down there and make a day trip out of it. They should take a page from Chattanooga if they want to save the halls of Fame. The sports hall of fame is just lame.

Debra

March 30th, 2011
10:16 am

If the Music Hall of fame was moved to Athens I think the community would embrace it. Maybe more Georgia bands would contribute to it, if it was moved to Athens. The newer bands have given very little or nothing. Maybe Craig would provide more if it was moved to Athens. I’m sure he doesn’t want the Big House to suffer by having a lot of their stuff in another museum in the same town. It could truly be a Music Hall of fame for the young and the young at heart (parents of the college kids that come visit).