HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Citing the nation’s economic downturn, the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame announced today that it is postponing its annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, originally scheduled for February 19, 2009.
Sammy Lee, president of the Hall’s Board of Directors, said the decision was a difficult one, but that it was necessary in light of the current economic environment.
“The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame is supported by anglers and sponsors who want to ensure that pioneers of this great sport are honored with their own hall of fame. Like most companies today, our sponsors are carefully reconsidering all expenditures, including donations to non-profit organizations like ours,” said Lee.
“We are optimistic that the economic climate will improve soon, and we will reschedule the Induction Banquet as soon as it is advisable to do so.”
The 2009 inductees and their families have been notified of the postponement. They include:
The late John Powell of Alabama, one of the pioneers of professional bass fishing who won several tournaments in the 1960s and ’70s; FLW Outdoors founder and Genmar Boats owner Irwin Jacobs of Minnesota; former Bassmaster Classic Champion Woo Daves of Virginia; veteran fishing writer and photographer Steve Price of Texas and Tim Tucker, a BASS senior writer from Florida who died in an automobile accident in 2007.