Houston, Los Angeles CVBs Make Social Media Bet on World Series

It’s not at all unusual for politicians from competing cities to make friendly wagers on major sporting events—but in what could become a trend, the convention and visitors bureaus are venturing into the mix during the 2017 World Series by making a social media bet.

Visit Houston and Discover Los Angeles have agreed to allow the winning city’s CVB to take over the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds for the losing city’s CVB for one day.

Before the series began, Discover Los Angeles tweeted,

And shortly after, Houston responded,

The conversation continued until Los Angeles announced,

The first two games were played in Los Angeles, with each team winning one game. Beginning Friday, the next three games will be played in Houston.

As usual, politicians have made bets on the series.

Cruz replied,

California’s Democratic governor, Edmund G. Brown Jr., and his Texas counterpart, Greg Abbott, also made a wager. If the Dodgers win, Abbott will send Brown a six-pack of Houston-brewed beer and Texas barbecue. If the Astros win, Brown will send Abbott a selection of wine from wineries in the Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino regions impacted by recent wildfires.

“In the spirit of bipartisanship and in recognition of the resilience of the communities impacted by the recent wildfires in California and Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the governors are wagering wine, beer and food from businesses in regions impacted by these disasters and encouraging the public to see, taste and experience what their respective states have to offer,” Brown said in a statement. “While we don’t expect to have to send any vino to Texas, we hope travelers from all over the world—yes, even the Lone Star State—will continue to visit California.”

Abbott said, “Texas and California are recovering from some of the worst natural disasters our states have ever encountered. As we work to overcome these challenges, our two states are united by America’s pastime as we cheer on our home teams in the World Series. Go Astros!”