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Thread: Li Ning - China's New Sponsor
02-05-2009, 08:25 PM #18
I'm not surprised by this news. There are reports that China still have contract with YOnex. I don't know that if this will be a court case or.. if ever, Li Ning will have to pay for the penalty on behalf of the China team. Which i dont think they have any problem with that. But the situation now is Yonex not willing to let China go.
Going be an interesting off court issues.
02-05-2009, 09:37 PM #19
Have any of the Chinese players commented on this issue yet? I think players' opinion is definitely a significant part in this controversy between Yonex and Li-Ning.
02-05-2009, 09:40 PM #20
02-05-2009, 09:42 PM #21
If Nike and Wilson wants to share the pie, why not LN? At least, LN holds the local market with a bit advantage to begin with, as many still consider LN himself as a national hero.
For the immediate step, I think LN will use MicroSoft strategy for game market. Since LN taking over Kason, it can simply use Kason's technology, and simply put its symbol on. In a long run, with Kason's exisiting knowledge and LN's fund, they should have a bright future.
02-05-2009, 09:48 PM #22
I doubt the players have much to say, if s/he still belongs to the team. Overall, its more of a financial decision over anything. Even as good as LD opposite such plan, CHN team won't have to stop to make 1 or 2 ppl happy. Overall, LN (Kason) racket performance is not like 10 times worse than Yonex. If players like GL, ZJW, Sun Jun, Ge Fei, GZC all can choose Victor, I do not think Kason can be any worse.
Also, remember CHN ppl always seem have some "feeling" toward JP, due to the history reason. I doubt any player (even LD) wants to risk his/her reputation (and $$$) to publicly support JP over CHN product, by issue negative comments, or even using threatening tones.
02-05-2009, 10:07 PM #23
In this time of economic recession (the more appropriate expression is 'hell'), it makes sense for China to protect and grow its own.
Why Yonex when Li Ning can benefit China better?
02-05-2009, 10:34 PM #24
Players dont have comment on these kind of issue. Its better for them to not say anything.
02-05-2009, 10:55 PM #25
02-05-2009, 11:00 PM #26
02-05-2009, 11:03 PM #27
Personally, I think LN has a big edge from the "relationship" part, as LN himself is the one to lite the torch in Olympics. Consider LN has been retired for almost 20 years, and suppose to be "nothing more than a business man", it shows quite a bit hint already...
02-05-2009, 11:13 PM #28
will lindan and other china players use LiNing starting from now in tourneys other then Team China events? damnn no more old AT700s xDD
02-05-2009, 11:30 PM #29
there are things that can't be measured by money only, though business is business, business is conducted by human, and human have feelings, humans do what they FEEL is rational in their mind, with factors like "face", economy (now and the future), politics, history, etc...
and how do you know the pros like Yonex? i bet there are consumers and players out there who hate the guts of Yonex and can't wait to see LN slowly dissecting them..
02-05-2009, 11:35 PM #30
according to this: http://www.ec21baba.com/message_75.html, LN now is the 4th largest sport company in the world. And it has already sponsored NBA stars like Shaquille O'Neal and Baron Davis.
02-05-2009, 11:38 PM #31
If Yonex indeed loses CHN (or partially), then actually I consider it's a good thing for badminton in general.
As big as Yonex, it will not just cry and wait to close after losing its biggest customer. On the other hand, Yonex will be forced to try much harder to gain newer market in the west. Right now, Yonex focus way too much in the Asian market, as CHN by itself might be enough to overtake the entire western market.
"Way too much food makes you sleepy, only hunger will awake your desire to fight". To survive, Yonex has no choice but to fight again. If Yonex can invest more in the western markets, and pick up some deals when it still only worth pennies, you never know how the picture will look like after anotehr 10 years...
02-05-2009, 11:41 PM #32
Nike and Wilson might have 1,000 times more fund than Yonex, but does not mean Nike or Wilson wants to put all its gold into badminton market.
Again, the decision will be very tricky, as it's not just a simple math calculation of $$$. Like I said, LN is the one lite the torch in Olympics, itself shows a lot of hint about his "relationship" power. Remember, there are tons of better looking, more famous stars in CHN now days, but it's LN, (not LD, ZN, XXF, Yang Wei, Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li, Jackie Chang, etc) lite up the torch...
02-05-2009, 11:49 PM #33
02-05-2009, 11:51 PM #34
All said and done, it will take Li Ning quite a while to break into badminton markets beyond China.
Yonex has hordes of groupies trumpeting and blah-blah-ing its merits to the sporting world outside China. Li Ning has none yet for badminton
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