Originally Posted by cork_screw
Players aren't *leaving* Nike, they're getting dropped. Nobody leaves an extra paycheck. Nike pays very well, better than other companies. Maybe Nike wants to focus on other sports. Maybe Nike thinks it has too many sponsored players who aren't making them a return in endorsements. Maybe Nike doesn't want to endorse someone in the outside top 20 because they feel whether they are there or whether they are not won't make a difference in the amount of money Nike is investing in them. Nike is a very smart company, they don't just stumble and make mistakes. Nike is in charge here, not the players.
"Somebody got 'let go.' - you mean "fired" - 'let go' is a euphemism. Be realistic and use logic.
Nike makes so much money off of Roger and Rafa they probably wouldn't care if they didn't sponsor any other players on the entire tour.