Was James Blake dropped by Nike?

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  1. S H O W S T O P P E R !

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    Still wondering what you do to your shirts that make them last a couple months rather than a couple years....
     
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  2. staedtler

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    100 polyester, yowza, ease up on that. All the top brands for their apparel line use polyester. Each company just has a different name for it. Nike has dri-fit, adidas has climacool or whatever they call it etc...

    As for quality, I assume fila had good quality. But i havent had any problems with nike or adidas apparel.

    As for Fila, Im kind of concerned for them. I hope they grow in the tennis market too, but from what I've seen the past few years, their footwear line has dwindled down in numbers. They use to have a few different models every year, but now it seems they consolidated to one model, the Alfa.

    As for the quality of Fila shoes, I think they make very good shoes. Nike makes good shoes too. As for the quality of construction, its possible Fila might have better quality. But as for footwear materials, Fila is prob the same as adidas and Nike. They probably source from the same material suppliers. Im a footwear designer, its just common knowledge that everyone sources from the same material suppliers for the most part. So one can definitely not say that one company has better materials than the other.
     
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    Blake is past his peak. Nike realized this and dropped him..

    Does anyone know if DYoung is still sponsored by Nike? I would be surprised if he still is...
     
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    Eiffel59, you mentioned that you're a sales rep. My question to you is, which company's line do you think sell the best shirts out there for moisture wicking needs?

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    I saw Young play in the Winnetka challenger in the northern Chicago suburbs during the first week of July and he was still wearing Nike (the green mist horizontal crew shirt). Whether that equals a paycheck or just free stuff, I don't know.
     
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    I'll try to find shirts names for LCS team line.
     
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    Totally unbiased, right?

    I remember when other pros were laughing when Tiger started using Nike clubs, all the naysayers pointing out that Nike had inferior tech. That being said, Tiger whipped them all. But I don't think this resulted in a lot of pros going to Nike clubs.

    It's all personal preference. I used to seek out anything and everything Nike. Then I grew up and realized that an unlimited marketing budget didn't mean the product was superior.

    I think my KSwiss Defier shoes are the best I've ever put on my feet. I also love the feel of my Reebok golf shirts.

    There's no one racket, club, shoe, shirt that is superior to all others and makes one a better player. If that were the case, EVERYONE would be using it.

    Players sign contracts. When contracts are up, they either resign if the relationship was mutually beneficial, or they don't. My guess is the Blake-Nike relationship was not mutually beneficial, therefore Blake went to Fila. People are supposing that since Blake's record hasn't been too good the past few years that Nike decided not to renew. Possible. Then again, maybe Blake felt he could get more money or more control over his clothing. That's possible, too.

    But saying that Fila's products are inferior to Nike is naive. I read another thread last week saying that Nike's tennis shoe line is the best ever. Um...okay. Have you tried out all the other shoes? Doubtful.
     
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    Pretty much...




    In reality, it's not like Nike is better than Fila, or vice-versa. They're all pretty much the same thing anyway, made of polyester for shirts & shorts. Leather/faux leather, rubber, etc for shoes.

    When someone says Fila is better than Nike is like saying, Sony computers are better than Dell computers...it's all the same inside!!
     
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    DuPont created the sweat-wicking concept - both Nike and Adidas (and presumably the others) pay a licensing fee to use it.

    I agree. Even if the material came from the same factory and thus just as likely to wear as well, Nike just does a better job (most of the time, when they're not putting ridiculous chest pockets on their shirts) of styling.

    As the old saying goes "wish in one hand, go 'number 2' in the other - report back on which one fills up first..."

    Fila doesn't market; doesn't land the top names. Thus their chances of being a 'giant' are virtually non-existent.
     
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    Um, no top 100 player would take clothes for free. When they are sponsored they expect a paycheck...
     
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    Ok, honestly, Nike is nice, but it's overpriced. Fila is a nice company that has clothes that are actually worth the money. Their crews are like mid 30s, while nike sell PRACTICE crews for 45. And the polos are all 60's and the federer polo next year is 80. I dunno if ya'll really wanna pay that much on tennis apparel.
     
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    That's nice spin. But the other posters nailed it - Nike saw that his best days were over and he was 'eased out' Fila needed a player and a deal got done. 'Lucrative' is objective - I can't imagine JB got a pay raise. If you know otherwise, please post the numbers...
     
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    Thank you or clearing that up. Do you run the website? there's some interesting articles on there. :D
     
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    It just shows you why FILA has the potential to grow into a GIANT company. With prices like that-FILA is trying to work off of volume..which only benefits the consumer. FILA has been superior to many product lines--its just that not a lot of people take a look at what FILA has to offer. FILA is legitimately a player in the apparel industry. Blake was a good boost--but once people start looking at their stuff in person--FILA will take off.
     
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  19. TensProfes

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    Actually, he wasn't "eased out" at all. His contract with Nike was up, and Fila was looking for a "marquee" endorser. Blake was in their price range, and they were willing to pony up more than Nike was to resign him. You can definitely say Fila showed questionable judgement, but Blake wasn't at all forced out of Nike, and Fila did seek him out for a collection. He obviously has a very good agent :)

    As for those that suggested that Blake wore Nike for free, that is absolutely not the case. There are many top 100 players who wear Nike, adidas and others without monetary compensation, but Blake wasn't one of them. He was well paid. Results don't correlate to a player's endorsement potential, and Blake was thought to have very good endorsement potential, although that is probably fading of late.
     
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    Actually bud,tourna grip is super thin when compared to a normal wilson overgrip,if i had to guess id say its the thinnest grip on the market.but that was a nice try to sound cool and important.:)
     
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