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Thread: *New! Adidas Badminton
01-27-2013, 06:03 AM #205
And for the last one, yeah, you're right. Bad choice of words on my part.
But in badminton there still is no such thing as flexible sponsorship contracts, you play with your brand, racket clothing and shoes, or am I wrong? Perhaps the arrival of adidas might change that, for better or worse.
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01-27-2013, 06:10 AM #206
Some Japanese players have non-Yonex rackets although wearing Yonex apparel. Their shoes probably are a different brand as well.
01-27-2013, 06:19 AM #207
01-27-2013, 08:21 AM #208
Japanese players wear mostly Mizuno shoes. Apparently the whole ntl. team gets free Yonex rackets and Mizuno shoes if they don't have an individual contract/preference. Ikeda is likely to switch to Adidas rackets soon as they posted a picture of his shoes welcoming him to team Adidas - his contract with Wilson is probably running out some time soon...
01-27-2013, 08:48 AM #209
01-27-2013, 08:59 AM #210
What I really wanted to know if adidas might agree to perhaps an apparel only sponsorship. Because even though Lee Chong Wei is sponsored by other companies he only uses Yonex clothing and gear, right?
I think, for a badminton player, the stuff that player actually uses in a competition is more important than their other sponsorships.
But yeah, if kwun wants to ask this he shouldn't use the words I used.
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01-27-2013, 03:34 PM #211
01-27-2013, 05:55 PM #212
Probably, but Carlton are a British company, and for a very long time sponsored all the top English players (Nathan Robertson, Gail Emms, Simon Archer, etc), who are far more famous than any foreign player.
I guess they're like Black Knight in Canada - they make some very good rackets (I had a BK NanoFire myself), but outside of their own country, noone really knows them.
Anyway, I think we're a little off-topic...
01-27-2013, 06:49 PM #213
01-28-2013, 06:59 AM #214
https://www.oxfam.org.au/explore/wor...sian-factories Source for the BBC article I think.
The links may be of varying relevance and quality. The working conditions does not seem very good. And to them not paying much differently to Nike doesn't really say that much...It's probably just as easy to find stuff like this from Nike also.
Notice that adidas have(or had) factories in INDONESIA. That's why the question about the worker wages might be good. Because I think those conditions are more common in Asia than, let's say, Europe. And badminton is very popular in Asian countries. If it were working conditions like this in Europe(which I don't think it is, I might be wrong though) many football players would be outraged and demand change, because it would hit close. So adidas walking into the badminton scene can have huge consequences for the workers in whole of Asia, hopefully very good ones. Maybe.
Actually I have no clue about how Li-ning pays their workers. Hopefully that's a good sign that they don't have as bad working conditions as adidas but honestly I have no idea.
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01-28-2013, 08:05 AM #215
From one of the articles it seems they pay for a certain amount of workers but the subcontracter has painted a prettier picture than is actually possible to achieve with that amount of workers and in turn actually employs a lot more people than they are officially paid for. But like it also said the inspections are announced ahead of time, leaving the opportunity to present a pretty picture to the inspection.
Still, no excuse to keep turning a blind eye to all the reports over time by now ...
Nike does actually have some of their own factories (edit: apparently also not directly owned by them, remembered reading about the opening of a new factor in Vietnam quite a few years ago) in which the conditions are pretty reasonable but the majority is still done by subcontracters with similar stories to Adidas above and plenty more brands.
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01-28-2013, 08:32 AM #216
"Nike has its own history of being criticized for worker conditions at the factories that makes its shoes and apparel. In the 1990s, the company began addressing the issue.
The company’s initial approach was to monitor factories. That didn’t work because factories would improve conditions for the monitoring and then regress afterward, Jones said. Nike is now trying to persuade contract manufacturers that better labor practices and sustainability improves productivity with lower worker turnover and reduced costs, she said.
The move is part of a company-wide focus on using its prowess as an innovator to drive sustainability, said Jones. “Our young consumers expect this,” she said.
The new standards were introduced as part of Nike’s latest report on sustainability and worker issues. Nike gave “A” ratings to 4 percent of its factories in the fiscal year ended May 31, 2011, compared to 6 percent in 2010. Factories with “B” grades increased to 45 percent from 33 percent.
Under the new rating system, “A” and “B” grades will be a bronze rating with silver and gold above that. Nike has the goal of all its contracted factories reaching the bronze level by 2020."
01-28-2013, 08:59 AM #217
hmm, somehow I managed to not hear about any of the olympics stories. One of those links is over 10 years old, though...
I thought all the factories were as bad as each other so I was curious why adidas were being singled out.
01-29-2013, 02:57 AM #218
01-29-2013, 09:47 AM #219
alright guys, last time to get me those questions for Adidas!
01-30-2013, 05:32 AM #220
01-30-2013, 05:34 AM #221