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Buffett’s Margaritaville Empire Coming to a Ballpark Near You

October 20th, 2019


If you have a minor league or major league baseball team in your city, you may have noticed that they’ve had a Margaritaville night recently.

Bill Shea at The Athletic has an article on Buffett’s move into baseball: Sports fanatic Jimmy Buffett is bringing his $1.5 billion ‘Margaritaville’ empire to a ballpark near you

A catchy four-minute, 10-second song about a salty tequila cocktail and failed relationships topped out at No. 8 on 1977’s Billboard Hot 100 chart. But it has evolved over four subsequent decades into a lifestyle anthem for a brand that continues to grow, in part, because of its increasing presence in America’s ballparks and arenas.

The song, of course, is Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville.”

It’s also the name of Buffett’s $1.5 billion corporate business empire that includes music, apparel and merchandise, a satellite radio station, hotels, casinos, retirement communities, beer, liquor, food, New York Times best-selling books, a Broadway musical and now the “Coral Reefer” marijuana brand.

This year, 16 major-league and 25 minor-league baseball teams held official “Margaritaville” theme nights at their stadiums to goose revenue, the company said, and the promotion resulted in thousands of additional ticket sales. A couple of NHL…

Read the full article at The Athletic.


Tagged in Business Empire, Sports

A Pirate Looks at (A Hole in) One

October 5th, 2019


If you follow Jimmy Buffett on Instagram, you’ll see that he plays a lot of golf. While in Dublin recently for a show, he played a round at Portmarnock Golf Club. In Paris, he hit the St Cloud Country Club.

On Saturday, Buffett shared a photo after hitting a hole in one:


Tagged in Sports

Buffett Plays Jazz Fest

May 5th, 2019


Jimmy Buffett performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on Sunday and caused a stir by walking out onto the stage as a blind ref, paying homage to the New Orleans Saints postseason woes.

From TheAdvocate.com:

Jimmy Buffett, a Gulf Coast native who cut his teeth as a performer in the French Quarter, is a longtime friend of the festival and fan of the New Orleans Saints. He made that point, to comic effect, at the Acura Stage. He made his way onstage costumed as a blind referee complete with white cane, a reference to the blown call in the NFC championship game that cost the Saints a trip to the Super Bowl. He threw off the costume to reveal a Jimmy Buffett that, like Jazz Fest, is still spry.

View the set list from the show here.


Tagged in Show Reviews, Sports

Buffett Sings National Anthem at Saints Game, Drops Mic

January 20th, 2019


Lifelong Saints fan Jimmy Buffett performed the national anthem on Sunday before the NFC Championship game between New Orleans and the Los Angeles Rams. After the anthem, Buffett dropped the mic and walked off.

Watch the full national anthem performance:


photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images


photo by Chuck Cook / USA TODAY Sports


photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com


Tagged in Sports, Videos

Buffett to Sing National Anthem Before Saints NFC Championship Game

January 16th, 2019


The New Orleans Saints play this Sunday in the NFC Championship against the Los Angeles Rams in the Superdome and one of New Orleans’ favorite sons will perform the national anthem:

It’s not like New Orleans Saints fans really need much help getting amped up for Sunday’s NFC Championship tilt against the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

But they’re going to get it anyway, and from some noteworthy performers.

Inside the Superdome, Gulf Coast native and Saints superfan Jimmy Buffett — who has not only attended Saints games and practices in the past but has also had Saints head coach Sean Payton perform with him on on-stage — will perform the National Anthem before the game.

This is not the first time Jimmy will sing the national anthem at a Saints game. He last did the deed in 2006.

The NFC Championship game will air at 3:05pm ET on Fox.


Saints coach Sean Payton with Jimmy in 2012 (Photo by David Boudreaux/The Times-Picayune archive)


Tagged in Special Appearances, Sports, Television