Earlier in the week we told you about the Potomac Nationals offering free Opening Day 2014 tickets to any furloughed federal workers who presented their government ID at the ticket office.
And, of course, restaurants and bars around town have been filled with similar offers for these same workers.
Now here’s another sports connection: Sports talker 106.7 The Fan is giving away a pair of Caps tickets to furloughed government workers three times a day for the foreseeable future. Starting Tuesday, the station gave a pair of tickets to the 10th furloughed caller at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. With no end to the shutdown in sight, the promotion was extended at least through the end of this week, and possibly beyond.
“I just thought it would be something to acknowledge that unfortunately a lot of people in the Washington area are not working right now,” 106.7 program director Chris Kinard told me. “We figured we’ve got tickets to give away, and if there are listeners having to worry about their discretionary income, we’ll just reserve the tickets for those people. Hopefully it’s over soon and we all can go back to normal, but in the meantime, we’ll reserve these Capitals tickets for workers affected by the government shutdown.”
The winners do need to show their government ID when they pick up their free tickets. As of yet, no non-governmental employees have registered their displeasure at being excluded from this deal.