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08/13/2009 10:54 AM ET
"TRAFICANT RELEASE NIGHT" PROMOTION CANCELLED

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The Mahoning Valley Scrappers have announced that the "Traficant Release Night" promotion scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 has been cancelled. The night was originally planned to recognize the release of former congressman Jim Traficant and gauge public opinion which has remained divided.

Scrappers General Manager, Dave Smith, decided to pull the promotion after a recent flood of phone calls and emails speaking out in opposition to the night. "Unfortunately I feel that most people misunderstood the intention of the promotion," Smith stated. "The night was never planned as a celebration of his release yet it's obvious that is how it is being perceived. It will surely be a topic of great debate in the coming months and we were planning to provide a public forum for both supporters and detractors to have their voices heard. In hindsight, there are likely better venues than a baseball game for the community to share their thoughts and feelings on Jim."

In replacement of the cancelled promotion, the Scrappers will host "Valley Pride Night" for the September 2 game. The night is planned to promote the positive assets the valley has to offer including area businesses, attractions, athletes and individuals. In addition, the September 2 game will kick off "Fan Appreciation Week" where $1 general admission tickets will be offered for the remaining 5 games of the regular season.

For more information, please contact:Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 330-505-0000