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NBA "likely" putting advertisments on jerseys starting in 2013-14

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Johnny Chase, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. Johnny Chase

    Johnny Chase Member


    For someone like myself who is basically obsessed with sports uniforms, this is just terrible news. Now, I hardly even follow the NBA, but if this happens it's only a matter of time before other leagues follow. Hell, the NFL started putting ads on practice uniforms a few years ago, and it's become a trend in minor leagues in recent years.
  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I don't have a problem with it as long as they don't go NASCAR with them. Or if they do go NASCAR with them, I don't have a problem with it as long as they pass along the savings to fans (fat chance...).
  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I think the WNBA jerseys are absolutely plastered with ads. I'm sure that's the goal, eventually. They'll slowly desensitize us to ads on jerseys until we're cheering for the Boston Red Lobsters and the San Francisco Green Giants in a few years.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Doesn't the MLS have a team named after Red Bull?
  5. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    And what will it hurt? Some people who like to get worked up about these sort of things will get worked up, but the rest of us who like watching sports will watch sports.
  6. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    For some reason, there is an idea pro sports should be free of blatent commericalism.
  7. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I suppose. I guess sometimes I'd like to live in a world where I wasn't bombarded with commerce 24/7. Call it naivete or nostalgia or what you'd like. It's probably irrational.
  8. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    With all the ads flying at you when you watch a game (on TV or in person), how in the hell are we even supposed to notice an ad on a uniform?

    If advertisers really wanted some juice, they'd get players to sponsor their tattoos.
  9. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    You're watching pro sports, one of the great symbols of commercialism in this world.
  10. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    It sucks when you turn on a game -- like any soccer game now -- and can't tell what team is playing because the jerseys say "Herbalife" or "Fly Emirates" instead of the team name. That's where this is eventually headed for U.S. major team sports, too.

    I realize it's inevitable because there's money to be made. That doesn't mean I have to like it.
  11. Bruce Leroy

    Bruce Leroy Active Member

    It'll seem strange at first, but I can't see how it would in any way make watching games less entertaining. I don't pay a bit of attention to the ads on soccer jerseys because I'm watching the game. Think about how many times you're staring at an NBA player's number on the jersey - or any particular portion of his jersey. You'll notice the ads during closeups and probably think in that moment that you don't like it much, but, really, this move won't detract from anything and will create revenue. Probably a bit overdue, if anything.
  12. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    Well, unlike overseas, American teams do have their own brand nicknames to protect. Figure that before advertisers came on, Man U. players were wearing what appeared to be shirts bought off the rack at Target.


    On the other hand, the teams will ditch the brand nicknames if the value of the ad space outstrips the value of the name. It's easier to do that with the WNBA because the brand names aren't worth much.
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