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March 3, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
George Steinbrenner's latest salvo in an escalating war with his fellow owners - a proposed $100 million marketing deal with adidas - could lead to "significant sanctions" being leveled against him by baseball, the New York Daily News reported. Steinbrenner, who berated members of baseball's ruling executive council with a profanity-laced tirade at last week's hearing in Chicago on the status of Japanese pitcher Hideki Irabu, might really get himself into trouble with his fellow lords if he violates their mutual marketing/merchandise agreement.
SPORTS
June 4, 1997 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Coach Bill Ellerbee has done loads of traveling through the years with his powerhouse Simon Gratz High basketball teams. Next, he'll be a solo act. Ellerbee will spend this weekend at Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., meeting with the directors of the company's program that outfits prominent high school and club basketball programs. Vizhier Corpuz, public relations manager for basketball, said Nike outfits approximately 100 high school and 35 club teams across the nation.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2012 | By Elizabeth Wellington and INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
  Putting shackles on a pair of sneakers — no matter how fly they are — is not a good look. Let alone a good idea. That's the moral of the story for Adidas, the German sportswear manufacturer that introduced this very shoe to the public and unwittingly unleashed a stampede of criticism in an Internet minute. The company responsible for old-school hip-hop's uniform — the iconic three-striped track suit and shell-top running shoes — pulled its hideous purple, orange, and gray basketball sneaks from its fall lineup Tuesday after images of the shoe went viral the day before on social media and Twitter.
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March 4, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
The New York Yankees shook up the baseball establishment yesterday by announcing a sponsorship deal with adidas said to be worth about $95 million over 10 years. The athletic shoe and apparel company will pay the Yankees nearly $10 million per year for the exclusive rights to advertising, signs in Yankee Stadium and commercials, as well as charity contributions. The deal, sources told the New York Daily News, is for 10 years with a provision to void it if owner George Steinbrenner moves the Yankees.
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July 28, 1998 | By Christopher K. Hepp, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You can do a lot of things on the sidelines in the Canadian Football League. You can spit. You can scratch yourself. You can even use profanity as long as the fans don't hear you. But you can't wear a swoosh. That's right. Put on the Nikes and you could be headed to the showers. So has declared league CEO Jeff Giles, who has had it with players and coaches ignoring the fact that the CFL has sold itself to adidas for $1.8 million. In the last few weeks, words have been exchanged, warnings have been issued, and logo police have been dispatched to stadiums throughout Canada to resolve that staple of modern sport - the endorsement clash.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2008 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The clothes are getting wilder. The hair is a testament to the gravity-defying properties of mousse. And now, Chinese pianist Lang Lang, whom Philadelphia music lovers watched growing up before their very ears at the Curtis Institute of Music, has made a collaborative recording with Andrea Bocelli. It's on a new compilation titled The Magic of Lang Lang. Bocelli fans are likely to be fine with it. But for those who fret over Lang Lang's becoming swept up in the hyper-commercialized aspects of the music industry, the recording represents a line crossed into what often seems like almost mandatory tastelessness in "Classical Crossover.
BUSINESS
June 21, 1998 | By Christopher K. Hepp, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the World Cup opened with a festive parade, giant robotic figures symbolizing the continents strode through the streets of Paris. On their feet, they wore shoes with tri-striped insignia - just like those of an official Cup sponsor, Adidas. But on the field of play, the Nike swoosh was much in evidence - on the uniforms of Brazilian players as they flipped and cavorted after Cafu scored the pinball goal that beat Scotland in the Cup opener. It was the sort of moment Nike chairman Phil Knight dreamed of when he splashed out $200 million to sponsor defending champion Brazil while making soccer - the world's most popular sport - the centerpiece of his company's diversification and global growth.
SPORTS
May 17, 1996 | By Stephen A. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kobe Bryant has reached a multi-year agreement with Adidas to endorse footwear and apparel, officials said yesterday, erasing any doubts about the Lower Merion High star's desire to bypass college and enter the NBA. Bryant, a 6-foot-6 guard who announced on April 29 that he was skipping college to enter the NBA draft, will sign with the shoe apparel company Tuesday in New York, said John Liporace, a representative of the Alan Taylor Communications public...
NEWS
July 16, 1995 | By Larry Fish, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Terry Odrick wears a size 12 shoe, but he drives an extra-large sneaker. It's a 40-foot Adidas that he maneuvers each day up and down Broad Street. On closer inspection, it has the boxy contours of a SEPTA Route C bus, but its sides and rear are photo-quality reproductions of a new-model sneaker. All it seems to lack are laces trailing from the roof. Odrick, a SEPTA driver for more than seven years, is basically the big toe inside, and he gets a kick out of driving a shoe.
SPORTS
October 26, 1997 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Maurice Rice is a wanted young man. Only an eighth grader at Strawberry Mansion Middle School, but with basketball skills beyond his years, Rice already has travel-team coaches visiting his school, escorting him to tournaments around the country, and handing him brand-name sneakers. He has become not just a player on the court, but also a target in a war between Nike, adidas and other shoe companies competing to identify the next Michael Jordan and win him to their side, the younger the better.
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January 7, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS - Nearly eight years after Apple's first iPhone sparked a revolution in consumer technology, smartphones and increasingly ubiquitous sensors continue to dominate the innovation on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show, the massive event that begins here Tuesday and each year celebrates the next new things. Want to kick a soccer ball better? The Adidas miCoach Smart Ball is embedded with sensors that track its speed, spin, and flight path from the moment you strike it - and then send the results to an iPhone.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Going into the U.S.- Belgium soccer game Tuesday, social-media spies sorting tens of millions of Facebook, Twitter, and other posts for SAP AG found that the American team, led by goaltender Tim Howard , was viewed more positively than negatively. Several of the Belgians attracted more social haters than lovers, especially midfielder Marouane Fellaini , even though he scored a goal for Belgium against Algeria. Are American fans less critical? No. U.S. players got negative ratings last week, when Portugal tied the team in the last minutes, says SAP's Evan Welsh . But the American starters won back fans just by surviving the "Group of Death" to advance and face Belgium, said Welsh.
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March 21, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
NBA COMMISSIONER Adam Silver recently told the IMG World Congress that it is "inevitable" that advertising will appear on team jerseys in the coming years. " His reasoning? "There are so many programs because of TiVo where people are skipping all the commercials, it just creates that much more of an opportunity for our marketing partners to get closer to our fans and closer to our players," Silver said. "And it gives us an opportunity to have deeper integration when it comes to those forms of sponsorship.
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October 17, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
ADIDAS IS READY to show Andrew Wiggins the money. Lots and lots of money. That, according to Bleacher Report, which cited a source as saying the freshman guard will be offered up to a $180 million endorsement deal when he declares his eligibility for the NBA draft. "I'm hearing from people at Kansas that he's got a $180 million offer supposedly coming from adidas," a source close to the situation told Bleacher Report. "But I also heard that Nike is going to match anything.
SPORTS
December 20, 2012 | Associated Press
ASHBURN, Va. - Robert Griffin III had a full practice and looked pretty good. Kirk Cousins had a full haircut that looked so bad he had to apologize for it. The Washington Redskins quarterbacks were back to their regular pecking order Wednesday. Griffin went through a regular full practice with first-team receivers for the first time since spraining his right knee, while backup Cousins was an affable undercard, his mop reduced to a buzz cut by a "communication breakdown" with the barber.
SPORTS
December 20, 2012
For much of his hour-long visit with the family of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shootings, Victor Cruz talked about football, life, and young Jack, the child who idolized him. Tears were shed. Feelings were shared. Cleats and gloves worn by Cruz to honor Jack Pinto at Sunday's game against Atlanta were given to his family. The New York Giants wide receiver somberly recounted Wednesday his meeting with Pinto's parents and brother in Newtown, Conn. He struggled in his retelling only when asked about the family's decision to bury the child in the receiver's No. 80 Giants jersey.
NEWS
November 30, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rutgers University severed its ties to the sports apparel giant Adidas Group on Monday, responding to student concerns about the company's obligation to workers at a former Indonesian manufacturing plant. The company is no longer licensed to use the Rutgers name or logos, university spokesman E.J. Miranda said. After the campus bookstores' stock of Adidas gear is sold, it will not be reordered. Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi announced the decision in a letter to Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops, which began an anti-Adidas campaign in August.
NEWS
September 19, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
Two armed men held up a Citizen's Bank branch this morning on Easton Road in Cheltenham and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robbery occurred at about 9:55 a.m. when the men entered the bank and threatened a teller while brandishing handguns. The men fled on foot and headed North on Easton Rd. They are described as black males. One was wearing dark pants and a red hoodie with Adidas logo on the chest. The other was wearing dark pants, a dark hoodie with NIKE letters on the chest, and a scarf over his face.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2012 | By Elizabeth Wellington and INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
  Putting shackles on a pair of sneakers — no matter how fly they are — is not a good look. Let alone a good idea. That's the moral of the story for Adidas, the German sportswear manufacturer that introduced this very shoe to the public and unwittingly unleashed a stampede of criticism in an Internet minute. The company responsible for old-school hip-hop's uniform — the iconic three-striped track suit and shell-top running shoes — pulled its hideous purple, orange, and gray basketball sneaks from its fall lineup Tuesday after images of the shoe went viral the day before on social media and Twitter.
SPORTS
December 16, 2010 | By KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
Before one even had time to say soccer , the second phase of yesterday's inaugural Major League Soccer re-entry draft was complete and both Union players on the chopping block have split. Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz and midfielder Fred were taken during proceedings that lasted just 14 minutes. Seitz, 26, was originially claimed by the Seattle Sounders in a move that seemingly makes way for the Union to announce reported contract negotiations with Colombian keeper Faryd Mondragon.
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