Why is everyone in an uproar? MSL does it, world wide soccer does it, why not
the NBA, NHL, and even Major League Baseball for crying out loud? How about the
NFL remove the helmet logo and replace them with say, Pepto Bismol, or
Budweiser, or Miller, or Kotex, or Pharmaceuticals? That would be a cool thing!
Heck let the NCAA allow that for their teams too!!! How about High Schools! Even
let it go to the local cub scout pack, our uniforms are sponsored by.... The
local LBGT chapter of Willisvilletoncreek City. Gee thanks for the Pink
Uniforms, saves the parents lots of money! Who's all in???
Although I don't like it, it is the way of the sports world most anywhere
else. I like RSL but can't ever see myself buying a Xango product. I like
the Jazz, but Energy Solutions doesn't excite me. The way I see it is that
sponsorships might be the difference between having a pro team and not in some
markets like SLC. If these sponsors feel they are getting their money's
worth, good for them. The only real complaint I have about it is, at least in
soccer, if I don't know who the team is, it takes some work to figure out
who they are because the team logos they do have are not sufficiently prominent.
That goes for Real Madrid, Manchester United, and anyone else. It's even
worse when sponsors change. Aon? Fly Emirates? bwin? Carlsberg? It's all
It's inevitable, even college teams wear the nike logo. There are
sponsor's logos surrounding the NBA court and that of other professional
leagues including the NHL. It would take negotiations with the NBA Players
Association, but I expect that it is destined to happen in conjunction with the
next labor contract signing.
I don't have a problem with this. Is there something non-materialistic
about professional sports they would be upsetting? Cheer for your alma mater if
you want cheer for people who at least pretend not to be interested in money.
The bigger issue, from my view, is what about athletes'
individual sponsorship deals. What if Gordon Hayward has a contract to promote
Gatorade, but Powerade buys the logos on the Jazz jerseys? It is not hard to
imagine competitor conflicts. Other leagues that have direct team sponsorship do
not allow their athletes to sign individual endorsement deals. If this proposal
goes much further, I predict a strike.
Is this an April fools joke?
Professional sports belongs to the corporations, so you might as well put
corporate logos on the uniforms. The fans are nothing more than an
afterthought. Our passion and our devotion mean little as the dollars we spend
on tickets and apparrel can't match the dollar of big business.
Bad idea! I hope they wont do it. Maybe fans may give up following a team
because a company they dislike is the main sponsor and its name is plastered all
over the players and fans jerseys!
This just doesn't seem far fetched enough to be the april fools story. Even
if it is I suspect this is inevitable. If we can name a stadium after a company
we can name an individual so.
Can't imagine the uniforms looking worse than the green uniforms the Jazz
used last night. Brutally ugly.
The uniforms wil look trashy just like Euro leagues. Unfortunately this might be
the direction we are heading.
Obviously this is an April Fools story.
Sickening greed thats all! Just a cotinuation of the rapid thievery in all pro
sports today and I for one will not buy it, I can do just fine without pro
sports thank you!
@John--It's capitalism, and greed its necessary motivator. Every economic
system has its pros and cons, and advertisements plastered on nearly everything
is one of the drawbacks of capitalism.
Does NBA greed know no bounds? Is it not enough to price the average fan out of
attending? It is disgraceful that the NBA is even considering putting
advertisements on uniforms.If the NBA lowers itself into the gutter
of greed by going through with this plan, it will be sending a message that it
couldn't care less about true basketball fans.I call on all
patriotic Americans to watch this issue closely. If the NBA takes this action
all of America must boycott this league in its entirety.