Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca told an amusing story at this morning's New England Business Xpo kickoff breakfast, entitled "Playing for Profits: The Business of Boston Sports."
Pagliuca got to talking about the in-game experience and how when his group first purchased the Celtics, they met with former coach and general manager Red Auerbach at his Washington, DC office to talk about their plans for the team. Auerbach was staunch in his opposition to having cheerleaders.
Fast forward a few years, and every team but two had cheerleaders, and the Celtics wanted them, too. So they paid another visit to Auerbach, this time explaining that they wanted to add cheerleaders, and had a sponsor lined up for a half-million dollars. The money, Pagliuca said, would go toward player salaries.
"That's a no-brainer," Auerbach said.
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