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Reggie Bush can't outrun the league

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by thegrifter, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. thegrifter

    thegrifter Member


    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- New Orleans rookie running back Reggie Bush drew more than just rave reviews for his fancy footwork Saturday in the Saints' preseason victory over the Tennessee Titans.
    He also drew a fine.
    The NFL objected to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft wearing his new Adidas cleats. The league only allows players to wear Nike or Reebok shoes during games because of a marketing partnership.
    Both Bush and the top pick in the draft, defensive end Mario Williams of North Carolina State, have signed endorsement deals with Adidas. The shoes in question are black with gold highlights and logo.
    The fine was thought to be $10,000, but Bush, the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner, originally said he was unsure of the total. He confirmed the fine after Monday's afternoon practice.
    "Adidas took care of it," Bush said of the fine.
    Bush rushed for 59 yards on six carries and caught two passes for 10 yards in his pro debut. The former Southern Cal back played about a quarter.

    I think that's kinda fucked up. Didn't know the NFL had shit on lockdown like that.
  2. lono

    lono Active Member

    Wow, that's f-d up.

    Let's get Whitlock on this, right away! ;)
  3. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Wasn't there a coach last year that wanted to wear a coat and tie -- a la Landry -- during games but wasn't allowed to because the coaches have to wear Reebok shirts?
  4. PopeDirkBenedict

    PopeDirkBenedict Active Member

    Mike Nolan, 49ers wanted to do it in homage to his father.
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    And Peyton Manning wanted to wear high-tops in homage to Johnny Unitas after he died and the league said no.
  6. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Nolan and Manning should have told the No Fun League to go fuck itself, and worn what they wanted to. Popular opinion would have been in their corner.
  7. suburbanite

    suburbanite Active Member

    Yeah, God forbid we don't all run out and buy the same Reebok golf shirts the coaches wear. The NFL sucks harder and harder.
  8. thegrifter

    thegrifter Member

    Worse than effin Microsoft
  9. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Licensing is a huge source of revenue for the league and its owners and plays a large part in teams being able to pay the salaries they do to the players. So this isn't the tragedy a lot of you think it is. It really benefits the players.

    Players are allowed to wear any cleat they like, but if it is a cleat from a company that isn't an NFL licensee, they have to cover the logo. Under Armour, which began making cleats recently, just signed on as a cleat licensee, so now the league has licensing agreements for shoes with Reebok, Nike and Under Armour. Bush is allowed to wear the Adidas cleat, if it is a performance issue, but he's just not allowed to show the Adidas logo.

    The NFL has been pretty savvy about its licensing over the last 10 to 15 years .At one point they had more than 450 licensees and now they have whittled it down to about 100, creating exclusivity. It has actually maximized the revenue they make. The players benefit with a higher salary cap.
  10. Pastor

    Pastor Active Member

    Ragu, while the players do receive some of the benefit, let's be honest and say that it benefits the owners and the league far greater than it will ever benefit the players.
  11. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    At one time, and I don't know if this is still the case, players who wore "spats" over their cleats would have the logo drawn on the tape. Equipment guys even kept logo cutouts on the sidelines so they could draw the logos correctly.
  12. RAMBO

    RAMBO Member

    That is a bunch of crap not allowing him to wear the cleats.
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