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Best Entertainment Group:

Performance Group whose work was fresh, creative and interesting, serving as a valuable tool for their team and in their community. Providing quality entertainment and additional value for fans. All sports team performance groups are eligible. Consider quality, uniqueness, and marketplace value.

Winner: Ushertainers

The innovative Saint Paul Saints aren't ones to follow conventions, they create them.  This year their troupe of entertainers, called the Ushertainers are tops in our Best of 2016 review.

The Ushertainers have been described as performers who mingle and raise the spirits of fans at Saints games. Last year there were upward of a dozen of these performers, who rotate games.  Some are well known to the fan base like the Nerdette and Gert the Flirt, other are seen less frequently.  Each bring a unique, often wacky, persona to the game and interact with fans on concourse.  They occasionally are involved in promotions or dancing on the dugouts, but their value often lies in just a fun memorable conversation with a fan in the stands.  

One panelist noted that the Saints not only create the elements the rest of minor league baseball wants to copy, but they do better than any of the teams who then try to copy them. Another noted the value of entertainment that is so relatable with fans.

Here is a great blog article on the Ushertainers from Twin City Sidewalks to bring you up to speed on the whole cast from 2016.

And here is a more dated bio of The Nerd:

Honorable Mention: Knick City Kids and Q-Stix

Also receiving high praise this year were two NBA entertainment teams: The Knick City Kids and the Cavs Q-Stix Drum Team.  The Knick City Kids continue to be the standard bearer for kid dance teams showing a polish that is rare for kid dancers.  The Q-Stix were a drumline about 10 years ago and they have been reborn in Cleveland as the Cavs stand-out performance team.

Knick City Kids - (New York Knicks) - Knicks City Kids are the original kids NBA dance team. Now in their 14th season, the KCK continue to set the bar. The KCK are representative of the magic of New York with each of their performances.

Q-Stix - (Cleveland Cavaliers) - The Qstix are a rhythm pounding drumline using buckets, trashcans and anything that can help make the beat.

Past Winners:

Listen to the Best of 2016 Audio Round Table discussing all the categories and winners with out panel of Cudo, Walker, Carter and Hill. Podcast - December 2016

2016 Category Page

Entertainment Group - Game Night Promotion - Contest/Promotion
Mascot - Act - Introductions - Team Operations

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