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Babolast
12-30-2012, 07:50 AM
He just signed a HUGE deal with New Balance.

Welcome to the tennis market NB.

Seth
12-30-2012, 08:19 AM
This pleases me.

Ronaldo
12-30-2012, 08:47 AM
First NB tennis endorsement deal AFAIK. Read NB signed Nick Swisher and Jose Bautista, couple of no-names.

jepriy
12-30-2012, 08:49 AM
Yay!!! i love NB!!!

cluckcluck
12-30-2012, 09:03 AM
NB for shoes or apparel or both? He ditched Lacoste and Nike. I wonder what's up with Nike these days....

Babolast
12-30-2012, 09:11 AM
NB for shoes or apparel or both? He ditched Lacoste and Nike. I wonder what's up with Nike these days....

A shoes and clothing contract.

A big signing for NB.

cluckcluck
12-30-2012, 09:12 AM
A shoes and clothing contract.

A big signing for NB.

Thanks for the info. I personally like the NB shoes quite a bit. Very comfortable.

TheCanadian
12-30-2012, 09:23 AM
Since when is NB in the tennis market? They make excellent running shoes but I didn't know about their tennis shoes. This puts them on the radar in a big way. Smart move from NB.

Ronaldo
12-30-2012, 09:26 AM
NB for shoes or apparel or both? He ditched Lacoste and Nike. I wonder what's up with Nike these days....

Wait till he cksout NB tennis gear.

thejackal
12-30-2012, 10:08 AM
First NB tennis endorsement deal AFAIK. Read NB signed Nick Swisher and Jose Bautista, couple of no-names.

swisher and bautista are alright

If I recall NB had a long history of NOT paying athletes to endorse them. Guess this is a change of philosophy for them.

niktub
12-30-2012, 10:10 AM
great match.

JGads
12-30-2012, 10:23 AM
First NB tennis endorsement deal AFAIK. Read NB signed Nick Swisher and Jose Bautista, couple of no-names.

How is Bautista a no-name? Biggest home run hitter in baseball is not a no-name... Is NB a Canadian company, by chance?

Anyway, huge signing by New Balance. Can't believe Nike wouldn't have scooped up this dude.

LOVE NB getting into the tennis scene. Maybe this means more great shoe options for us wide-footers out there down the road. Was a big fan of the 851s as a pure speed shoe.

PBODY99
12-30-2012, 11:45 AM
How is Bautista a no-name? Biggest home run hitter in baseball is not a no-name... Is NB a Canadian company, by chance?


No, based in the USA with some local production of shoes.

appdach96
12-30-2012, 12:48 PM
I knew it! A few days ago on his Twitter he posted a pic in a NB jacket but then deleted it. Then I noticed Lacoste had dropped his name..Can't wait to see his stuff

pound cat
12-30-2012, 02:13 PM
See him playi doubles with Melzer late Sunday evening Dec 30 for the great unveiling of the NB gear...Brisbane...see the usual stream sites.

kimguroo
12-30-2012, 02:33 PM
If I recall NB had a long history of NOT paying athletes to endorse them. Guess this is a change of philosophy for them.
Founders set their rule (not endorse athletes) but seems like the person from Nike changes the rule and start to endorse people.
Since they are private company no one knows they will benefit from it or not but seems like their revenues went up. Probably at the same time, they might pay more to endorsed players. Actually I like the idea (not endorse athletics) especially they are somewhat well known company.


Can't believe Nike wouldn't have scooped up this dude.
Nike might need to pay more and more to fed and rafa until their contracts expires so nike might not have much money to spend.

No, based in the USA with some local production of shoes.
Their shoes were assembled in US factories but materials are imported.

I might not surprised that NB will raise prices because of endorsements.

mmk
12-30-2012, 02:53 PM
If they're going to clothe him, I hope they have something better than what Lacoste had him wearing, he looked like a total dork.

T21D
12-30-2012, 03:27 PM
If they're going to clothe him, I hope they have something better than what Lacoste had him wearing, he looked like a total dork.

Really? "you can put a dress on a pig, it's still a pig"

West Coast Ace
12-30-2012, 03:29 PM
Good for Raonic.

When he's hoisting the trophy at Wimby in the next few yrs...

gavna
12-30-2012, 03:47 PM
No, based in the USA with some local production of shoes.

NB makes about 20-25% of the shoes in the USA currently......European supply mainly comes from the UK plant they have. China and Veitnam the main supply points overall - Current CEO came from Gillette and it seems to have a more aggressive position on sponsorship.

vsbabolat
12-30-2012, 05:01 PM
Their shoes were assembled in US factories but materials are imported.

I might not surprised that NB will raise prices because of endorsements.

Tennis shoes are made in China. I also have NB water proof walking shoes and those are made in China too. Only a few of the top running shoes are Made in USA/Assembled in USA.

thejackal
12-30-2012, 05:04 PM
NB only makes the older models (the greyish motion-controlled running/walking shoes and a few others) in the US. Used to sell them and the rep told me it's because it's a lot cheaper to modernize equipment and train/retrain workers abroad than in the US. The newer shoes are a lot more complex and are harder to make. Most of the machinery in the US factories are post WWII vintage and can't make the newer stuff

Smasher08
12-30-2012, 05:35 PM
Wow, this is a huge change for NB. Their shoes have always been fantastic, but I thought as a company they were committed to NOT doing endorsements.

Realistically, their shoes are probably much better for Milos since they'll absorb more impact shock from his 6'5 frame, return more energy, and probably give his ankes better support.

I've used NB and Asics tennis shoes for years and think they're the very best choices out there.

Ronaldo
12-30-2012, 06:08 PM
NB picked up more no-name athletes this year, Justin Predroia, Curtis Granderson, and Miguel Cabrera. http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/dollars/post/_/id/2370/stars-now-flocking-to-new-balance

airdupont
12-31-2012, 03:24 AM
He's still wearing Lacoste at his practice session in Brisbane today.

Ronaldo
12-31-2012, 04:16 AM
Shirley the deal must be shoes only, eh?

jaggy
12-31-2012, 04:36 AM
For people like me with high arches NB are the best

PhotoBlue
12-31-2012, 11:13 AM
I'm sorry but NB tennis shoes are very ugly for the most part.

dr. godmode
12-31-2012, 04:25 PM
Agreed, generally people who wear NB are over 50

leroy_sunset
12-31-2012, 04:32 PM
I wear NB gear on the court (shorts, a few shirts). Good stuff. As for the court shoes, they don't look very sturdy or durable. I tend to bust through the sides of shoes in the toebox before I wear through the sole.

jepriy
12-31-2012, 06:30 PM
It's Jan 1st. How come Milos is still wearing LaCoste?

http://i45.tinypic.com/m8e6j9.jpg

Ronaldo
01-01-2013, 04:53 AM
It's Jan 1st. How come Milos is still wearing LaCoste?

http://i45.tinypic.com/m8e6j9.jpg

Shirley it's the shoes

lim
01-01-2013, 12:55 PM
First Stan, now Milos. Lacoste really doesn't care to have their team stick around...

hcb0804
01-01-2013, 03:12 PM
Agreed, generally people who wear NB are over 50

You have a problem with individuals who are over 50??

hcb0804
01-01-2013, 03:15 PM
Shirley the deal must be shoes only, eh?

Surely, you can't be serious?

I am serious.
And don't call me Shirley.

darklore009
01-01-2013, 03:50 PM
Will milos will wear their shoe too, along with their clothing line?

zapvor
01-01-2013, 04:05 PM
i thought the whole point of NB was not to sign anyone.........

Gonzalito17
01-01-2013, 04:17 PM
Nike and adidas have most of the youth but their shoes are not the best. Fed has his modified and wears shoes totally different then the ones for sale. What does that tell you. Nike and adidas are good shoes but NB are far more comfortable. The best marketed is not always the best product. I started wearing NB last year for the first time for tennis and am very very impressed.

DunlopDood
01-01-2013, 05:09 PM
According to the Globe and Mail it's a complete shoe and clothing deal, and quite a lucrative one at that. New Balance is banking him being a major force in the game for the next decade.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/raonic-gets-early-start-to-2013-with-new-sponsorship-deal/article6837228/

mjl78
01-01-2013, 07:38 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nonQTl5BlE

nice clip of his new shoes

Ronaldo
01-01-2013, 07:44 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nonQTl5BlE

nice clip of his new shoes

Sabine Lisicki's shoes were tight...........what brand does she wear?

mctennis
01-01-2013, 07:54 PM
I've never had good luck with the NB shoes. They seemed to break down rather fast on the inside area. I got foot pain with them when they broke down. This usually happened within 6 weeks to two months of buying them. I only play probably two times a week. Not a good life span IMO.

thezhouker
01-01-2013, 10:02 PM
http://l.yimg.com/iu/api/res/1.2/T1DLg.2_K3EQKp4phMUz3Q--/YXBwaWQ9eXZpZGVvO2NoPTMwMDA7Y3I9MTtjdz0yMDAwO2R4PT E7ZHk9MTtmaT11bGNyb3A7aD0zMDAwO3E9NzA7dz0yMDAw/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/gettyimages.com/brisbane-international-day-4-20130101-212623-197.jpg
rocking that new balance gear now

airdupont
01-01-2013, 10:36 PM
The nicest outfit of 2013 so far

Sinner
01-02-2013, 12:39 AM
The kicks look rather Ballistec 3.3-esque.

jepriy
01-02-2013, 06:20 AM
The shirt looks really nice...I like the fit and cut of it too...

Kinda reminds me of the Nike from 2010

niktub
01-02-2013, 08:02 AM
+1 very Nike-ish or even better...
Nice one Milos

lim
01-02-2013, 08:26 AM
Shoes don't look half bad. Wonder what the price point will be.

mpournaras
01-02-2013, 09:26 AM
Tennis dot com did an article on these shoes in early December, but I cannot find it in their gear section. Their site is horrible. They need to take a page from TW ;)

But I think they slide in at 110 or 115 for a pair. WITH 6 month durability too. I just hope the toe box isn't a mansion like all the other New Balance shoes

Ronaldo
01-02-2013, 09:39 AM
Huge toebox heavenly compared to Barricades and Nikes pressing the toe tops. Only 6 mos now?

mpournaras
01-02-2013, 10:02 AM
Found it! Only $100!

http://www.tennis.com/gear/2012/10/product-profile-new-balance-996/39867/#.UOSEIG_m7cA

And it is the 1 year durability! Good call Ronaldo

fundrazer
01-02-2013, 10:42 AM
Sabine Lisicki's shoes were tight...........what brand does she wear?

She's with Nike. I liked her better in Adidas though.

dr. godmode
01-02-2013, 12:19 PM
I thought Raonic was screwed for coolness when signed with NB. I was wrong

Borrelli
01-02-2013, 12:53 PM
looks much better than his Lacoste/Nike mix.

mpournaras
01-02-2013, 01:27 PM
looks much better than his Lacoste/Nike mix.

I dont know.

His shirt is awesome.
He is finally wearing longer shorts.
And he has bulked a bit.

Couple his new clothes with a base Vapor color and it would look sick. You can't match green shoes with anything. That is why the green Nike 3.3s sold like ***

Borrelli
01-02-2013, 02:18 PM
I dont know.

His shirt is awesome.
He is finally wearing longer shorts.
And he has bulked a bit.

Couple his new clothes with a base Vapor color and it would look sick. You can't match green shoes with anything. That is why the green Nike 3.3s sold like ***

He looked like a little boy that outgrew his clothing in those lacoste shirts and shorts. Lacoste polo's run really short in sleeve length and overall length - really bad match up for someone of his height. Not to mention that Nike clashes with Lacoste anyway.

mlocke1322
01-02-2013, 02:21 PM
I hope that 996 shoe he has on comes in under $100. It's the replacement for the 851 which was never over $80 (despite what TW's listing claims was the original price)

mpournaras
01-02-2013, 02:34 PM
I hope that 996 shoe he has on comes in under $100. It's the replacement for the 851 which was never over $80 (despite what TW's listing claims was the original price)

It will be $100 dollars

mlocke1322
01-02-2013, 02:42 PM
I wouldn't consider tennis.com a reliable pricing source. They also say racquets are $260 in their reviews and we all know that's not the case. It's a fair bet they may come in under that when they hit online.

mpournaras
01-02-2013, 02:56 PM
I wouldn't consider tennis.com a reliable pricing source. They also say racquets are $260 in their reviews and we all know that's not the case. It's a fair bet they may come in under that when they hit online.

Fair point. We will just have to wait and see i suppose

mlocke1322
01-02-2013, 03:21 PM
TW confirmed they are $99.95. That's unfortunate that its a $20 price jump over the previous model. Gotta pay those new endorsements somehow I guess

Ronaldo
01-02-2013, 03:40 PM
New Balance can create any colour combo, http://img.runningwarehouse.com/new_big/N1400M2-1.jpg

zapvor
01-02-2013, 09:16 PM
so NB is doing sponsorships now? what a joke......

Al Czervik
01-03-2013, 06:41 AM
This is a great fit. NB puts out all of this nice product, but had no one to sell it. Milos has a shot at some stardom, so this could really pay off for NB.

I would like to see Under Armour to make a high profile signing.

hoodjem
01-03-2013, 07:51 AM
Wow, this is a huge change for NB. Their shoes have always been fantastic, but I thought as a company they were committed to NOT doing endorsements.

Realistically, their shoes are probably much better for Milos since they'll absorb more impact shock from his 6'5 frame, return more energy, and probably give his ankes better support.

I've used NB and Asics tennis shoes for years and think they're the very best choices out there.I have used nothing but NB for years. I wear 10.5 EEEE.

Other brands are not even an option. They are too narrow and feel flimsy. NB always feel great, IMO.

Ronaldo
01-03-2013, 08:27 AM
This is a great fit. NB puts out all of this nice product, but had no one to sell it. Milos has a shot at some stardom, so this could really pay off for NB.

I would like to see Under Armour to make a high profile signing.

Bethanie Mattek is mighty high, http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=bethanie+mattek&id=6EAC6627F639FABF5491F07BBE4A2D4CFA5B5E11&FORM=IQFRBA#view=detail&id=859D93CDD80E909DDFDD7A007C6A9FB84265D7EB&selectedIndex=6

Forgot about Sloane Stephens, http://l.yimg.com/iu/api/res/1.2/BSnU6sZAjfh4rQm39cvvvQ--/YXBwaWQ9eXZpZGVvO2NoPTIwMDA7Y3I9MTtjdz0zMDAwO2R4PT E7ZHk9MTtmaT11bGNyb3A7aD0yMDAwO3E9NzA7dz0zMDAw/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/gettyimages.com/brisbane-international-day-5-20130103-023216-623.jpg

DunlopDood
01-06-2013, 04:51 PM
http://twitter.com/milosraonic/status/288075440361439232/photo/1

thecrusher956
01-06-2013, 06:01 PM
He's going apparel too, wow!

BreakPoint
01-08-2013, 12:30 AM
I'm sorry but NB tennis shoes are very ugly for the most part.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some people think Nike tennis shoes are pretty ugly.

BreakPoint
01-08-2013, 12:37 AM
I thought Raonic was screwed for coolness when signed with NB. I was wrong
Leaving Lacoste and going anywhere is an improvement in "coolness". :shock: