08-30-2008, 07:35 AM
Join Date: Nov 2005
I think what the Racquet Companies are doing is illegal. A few years ago Nike was sued over false advertising claiming that Tiger Woods used a certain Golf Ball when he did not.
Unfair-Business Practices Suit Says Nike Golf Ads Lack Accuracy
August 23, 2000 in print edition D-10
Tiger Woods endorses “Nike Tour Accuracy” golf balls in TV and magazine ads, but he really plays with custom-made balls unavailable to everyday duffers, Nike acknowledged Tuesday after being sued in federal court.
Nike Inc. said the balls the long-hitting Woods uses have a slightly harder inner and outer core than the balls sold to the public.
In the suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, a nonprofit group called Public Remedies Inc. claimed Nike, based in Beaverton, Ore., was engaging in unfair business practices. It asks that Nike’s “ill-gotten gains” be restored to the public.
“Tiger Woods does not play the Nike Tour Accuracy golf ball, but instead plays one with a different composition and performance characteristics specially made for him … and not available to the general public,” the suit said.
Mike Kelly, marketing director for Nike Golf, said it’s common practice in the golfing world to sell the public different products than what the pros really use.
Joe Gomes, a spokesman for Titleist, said its players use the same products they advertise. And if a player uses a “tweaked” version of a club, he said, a consumer could special order it.
This is the samething that is going on in Tennis.
Last edited by vsbabolat; 08-30-2008 at 08:05 AM.