August 29, 2005 New York, NY – The organizers of the Miss America pageant have announced that they are moving the 84-year old contest from Atlantic City, the only home it has ever known. In response, Nine.com, an online entertainment gaming site, has offered Pageant CEO Art McMaster $5million dollars to bring the pageant to Costa Rica.
The pageant, which is in financial straits, has given Nine.com some serious action over the last seven years and the gaming site would hate to see it go. However, that is not Nine.com’s only motive to bid on the pageant. Nine.com feels that moving the pageant to beautiful Costa Rica would be a great boost to the country’s image, which is always being overshadowed by their neighbors to the north.
“Costa Rica has a long history with Beauty pageants and hosted last year’s Miss Teen world pageant recently and our own Miss Costa Rica recently won the international Reina de la Costa Maya pageant and the Miss Asia Pacific International pageant ” stated nine.com spokesperson Jack Abrams. We believe that this offer will give the venerable Miss America pageant the financial stability it needs to continue as the world’s leading provider of scholarships for young women not to mention the incredible display of beauty and talent and with their deal with CMT now in place we expect great things from all parties involved”
Nine.com’s plan is to stage the pageant in San Jose’s magnificent Teatro Nacional which was built in 1897 which features paintings by classic Italian artists such as Vepasiano Bignami, and Aleardo Villa’s famous ceiling mural Alegoria del Cafe y Banano a joyful harvest scene that also appears on Costa Rica’s old five-colon note. Nine.com is betting that spectacular women in a spectacular setting would be just the thing to raise the image of both their host country and the famous pageant.