Nike-sponsored players - bans on other sponsors' patches

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  1. viktorkwan

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    A while ago, I read an article saying how Nike-sponsored players are prohibited from having patches on their apparel advertising for other brands that the players endorse.

    Federer, Sharapova, Nadal etc all endorse other brands, such as Rolex, Omega, KIA etc...but none of these logos appear on their Nike gear.

    To my knowledge, no other apparel companies ban their sponsored players from displaying the logos of other brands that the players endorse.

    It is because of this condition in Nike's contracts that cause the WTA to make rule exceptions for players with such conditions in their contracts.

    WTA - Part IV, Section B(1)(i)(iii)
    http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/global/pdfs/shared/thewtatour/officialrules/rules.pdf

    However, Marion Bartoli was wearing Nike gear and at the same time displaying some other logos in her match the other day...

    http://i41.tinypic.com/209lklf.jpg

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  2. lawlaw

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    Is Bartoli signed with Nike or just wearing Nike? That would make a difference. Nike have big control on what athletes do. I would imagine this is why Blake, Agassi etc switched to other brands. If you are happy with the cheque they are cutting, then I don't think the ban would matter. However, missing out on other deals if your contract with Nike isn't covering the losses is reason enough to switch.
     
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  3. JW10S

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    There is a difference between a Nike contract pro and and a pro who just gets Nike gear for free. Nike contract pros, those with paid endorsements, are indeed not allowed to have any other logos on their kits.

    Don't feel sorry for Federer, Sharapova, Nadal, Williams, Hantukova, Del Potro, et. al. they are still making huge bank from their other endorsements despite not being able to put logos on their kits. Sharapova still gets paid for endorsing cameras, cell phones, automobiles, cosmetics, purses, watches, racquets, and on and on even though she has none of their logos on her kit. Trust me none of the Nike contract pros are hurting for cash. And BTW, Nike is not the only company with a no other logo clause in their contracts.
     
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    What would happen if a Nike Rep caught Federer, Nadal or any other Nike-sponsored player wearing any shoe besides Nike(ex. Adidas) but like at a club, would they get in trouble?
     
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    Most of their shoes are custom so I doubt they would wear Adidas or anything else.
     
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    Which other company have a no other logo clause for their pros?
     
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  7. Rogisbestever

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    Nike is the only clothing company to ban other sponsor logos from their kit. adidas trialed the same initiative a while ago but could not keep it up as a lot of players were going to leave as they were going to lose money over it (as it was being brought in after several patch deals were already in scope).

    there are several Nike players that just receive kit to play in and are not "sponsored" such as bartoli so can place patches on the clothing, however, important to note that those players that chose this route are minimising their chances of getting a deal with Nike!

    Nike also impose the same sanctions on other athl;etes also - such as golfers. Tiger has several other sponsors but no recognition of them on his clothing or cap.
     
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    Nike has realized that there's more than enough space on Bartoli's body for other sponsors' patches.
     
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  9. viktorkwan

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    lol...Serena Williams has enough real estate on her to advertise 100 logos minimum
     
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  10. ollinger

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    I can see Nike's point. They're selling a design (as well as the player name-association) and I don't blame them for not wanting the design cluttered like a NASCAR racer. If they have the clout to get what they want, good for them. Let the player tattoo his other endorsements.
     
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    Agassi switched to Adidas because Nike refused to meet his deal-breaking demand of donating to his non-profit organization in addition to paying him a salary. Blake switched to Fila because his contract with Nike ran out, and Fila was the best offer he had on the table ("best" being a euphemism for "only," of course).
     
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  12. Rogisbestever

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    now that is funny - i heard that he also got a clothing offer from "Topper" but those were the only 2 that offered him anything beyond just clothing...
     
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