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• Six first-year eligible candidates are among the 27 semi-finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018: CB/S Ronde Barber, G Steve Hutchinson, LB Ray Lewis, LB Brian Urlacher, WR Randy Moss andDE/DT Richard Seymour. The Class of 2018 will be unveiled during NFL Honors, a two-hour prime-time awards special to air nationally (Feb. 3, 2018) on the eve of Super Bowl LII.
• The New York Knicks named Dan Sabreen vp-public relations, effective Nov. 27. Sabreen has spent more than a decade at CBS Sports, most recently as vp-communications.
• For every save made by goalkeepers during MLS Eastern and Western Conference Championships and MLS Cup, Allstate said it would donate two new soccer nets to fields in need in that club's city. MLS goalies participating inlcude Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew), Joe Willis (Houston Dynamo), Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders) and Alex Bono (Toronto FC).
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Nov302009

Senator Calls Foul On Adidas' NBA Jersey Plan

NBA commissioner David Stern (L) and Eric Stamminger, president and CEO of adidas brand, during signing of 11-year deal in 2006, now find their alliance under fire. (Photo: adidas)November 30, 2009: Proclaiming that “Basketball is an American game,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has taken to the streets in an effort to stop adidas, the official apparel company of the NBA, from closing a factory of American Classic Outfitters in Perry, NY, and moving the production to Thailand.

“Adidas’ plan is to outsource the jerseys to Thailand and with that, they threw an airball big time,” Schumer said during a press conference outside of the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in New York on Nov. 29. “Because it’s an American sport invented in America, played better in America than anywhere else, the jerseys ought to be made here in America,”

The plant in upstate New York, about 50 miles east of Buffalo, produces jerseys for 17 NBA teams as well as WNBA and NBA Development League teams.

Schumer said he spoke with adidas representatives and also with NBA commissioner David Stern about the situation. “He said he’d look into it and work with us. He seemed sympathetic, he’s a man of his word and I think the league understands how unfair this outsourcing is," Schumer said during the press conference.

Adidas said in a statement that it has started to move production of NBA jerseys "closer to the source for materials," which is in Asia. Adidas said it has contracts with two other U.S. companies to produce official NBA jerseys at more than 30 facilities in North America and “will continue to do so.”

Adidas and the NBA signed an 11-year deal in 2006, said to be worth more than $400 million, to become the league's official uniform and apparel supplier. The deal replaced a 10-year agreement the NBA had with Reebok, which was acquired by adidas in 2005 in a deal valued at about $3.8 billion.

Adidas NBA spokesmen include Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Tracy McGrady, Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups and Josh Smith.

Schumer said he has asked the NBA to end its contract with adidas should the production move from the U.S. to Thailand. The NBA, which holds its marketing partners near and dear to its heart, released a statement after Schumer's press conference addressing the issue. “The NBA conducts business with more than 200 apparel and consumer products companies in over 210 countries and territories and we do not mandate where they manufacture their products. We do, however, have a strict Code of Conduct that mandates the factory conditions under which adidas and all our licensees must manufacture NBA goods."

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