July 29, 2003 |
Donovan McNabb apparently is about to change teams, even though he won't be changing uniforms. This is about the shoes. The Eagles quarterback, a Nike man since entering the NFL four years ago, appears to be on his way to Reebok. Peter Raskin, the Chicago-based agent who handles McNabb's marketing, said yesterday that he was working to complete a deal a deal with Reebok, the sneaker and sports-apparel company based in Canton, Mass. SportsBusiness Journal quoted sources as saying that the two parties had agreed in principle on a four-year endorsement deal worth between $500,000 and $700,000 per year.
September 8, 2001 |
Portland Trail Blazers forward Shawn Kemp told a reporter that basketball sneakers just aren't what they used to be, that today's sneakers are "throwaways," and that his all-time favorite pair of sneakers was made by Nike. The only problem was that Reebok was paying him $11.2 million to endorse its sneakers. Kemp testified for more than 2 hours yesterday in a Boston federal court defending his comments in a $4.1 million lawsuit against Reebok, which is based in Akron, Ohio.
May 21, 2003 |
Allen Iverson might soon have company as the top basketball pitchman for Reebok. As in LeBron James. The shoe company has made the best monetary offer and could be close to signing the Akron, Ohio, high schooler expected to be the No. 1 pick in the draft to a long-term endorsement deal that exceeds $75 million, sources inside and outside the sports business industry told the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal. A shoe-industry insider told ESPN.com that Reebok's offer was more than $80 million.
October 30, 1998 |
The NBA lockout has been tough on basketball fans all over, but it's a good bet that few have felt the impact as much as Henry "Que" Gaskins. Each day the stars of the NBA sit out is another day for Gaskins to fret about how the time off will ultimately affect his favorite multi-million dollar player, Allen Iverson. "This was going to be a big season for Allen, with the All-Star Game in Philadelphia giving him a chance to win on national TV," Gaskins said. "Without it, it [would]
August 5, 1992 |
Imagine Michael Jordan standing in front of the mirror in his $900-a-night hotel room, modeling his USA awards-ceremony outfit. Turning this way and that, contorting his body in ways he never has on a basketball court. Trying to hide the Reebok logo. Maybe draping the jacket fashionably over his shoulders, continental style. Or turning the collar down, macho-style. That's what the Olympics have come to for the Dream Team. Dave Gavitt, president of USA Basketball, issued a terse statement yesterday that was supposed to settle the great clothing controversy.
July 7, 1993 |
David Dickson's obsession with women's feet and white sneakers led him to write sexually explicit love letters to women, including one about a young woman in "white Reebok sneakers" written on the seventh anniversary of the murder of Drexel University student Deborah Lynn Wilson. A police computer expert, Officer Mark Tinaro, testified that he had retrieved from Dickson's home computer a pornographic love letter, titled "Fantasy," written about a young woman named "Rochelle" who wore white Reeboks, red socks and "a loose fitting cotton blouse.
November 26, 1996 |
Getting the big picture, Allen Iverson signed a mural of himself at Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden yesterday. The Sixers rookie has a multimillion-dollar endorsement deal with Reebok.
July 30, 1992 |
Will Michael Jordan acquiesce to the Olympic dress code? Will he challenge the system when it's time to accept the gold medal in basketball? Will he transform the award ceremony into a platform of controversy? Questions, questions, questions. Will Jordan, who earns an estimated $20 million through his six-year contract with Nike, wear the official Olympic warmup suit, made by (gulp) Reebok? Will any of the other five Dream Teamers (Charles Barkley, David Robinson, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen and John Stockton)
May 27, 1997 |
After exchanging high-fives and "w'sups" with the shoe clerks at the Philly Locker Room in West Oak Lane, Rob Purvey gets down to business. The Philly native, now a hot-shot Reebok exec, unzips his black canvas Eddie Bauer bag and begins to fish around inside. He lines up Reebok samples scheduled to hit the stores next April. On this particular day, Purvey is seeking input on a lady's leather hightop with an extra thick sole known as the "Freestyle High Platform Turbo. " "The name will be reduced," he said.
August 2, 2001 |
Houston has agreed to sign and trade longtime star center Hakeem Olajuwon to the Toronto Raptors for two draft picks, Rockets owner Les Alexander said yesterday. "Hakeem's decision is disappointing for the entire Rockets organization," Alexander said. Alexander told television station KRIV the Rockets will get a first-round pick and a second-round pick from Toronto. In other personnel news: Vince Carter, deciding there was no sense leaving a city where he is so comfortable, agreed to a six-year contract extension with the Toronto Raptors worth approximately $94 million.