Back Sports Page Question of The Day 12/11
Every Week Back Sports Page asks Five Questions to staff and experts. The questions and answers are posted throughout this week on Backsportspage.com.
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Here is Today's Question:
Are You Okay With Teams Having Business Logos On Their Jerseys?
Nicole Monique: (That's What She Said Sports): At this point does it matter? Boxing, UFC and some soccer team have had business logos on their shorts, t-shirts etc. for years. It’s no secret that the name of the game in sports is making money – look at super bowl commercials. They are the biggest draw next to the game – corporations already spend millions on athletes so why not have it on their jersey’s. Won’t make a difference to the average fan who just wants their team to win and if the man or woman who wins the game happens to have a huge golden arch on their jersey – oh well.
Matthew Berkson (Back Sports Page) : No, but then again I’m not ok with seeing any advertising when I watch a game in person or on TV. I am well aware of the finances involved in order to pay players their salaries, but what I don’t like is how the sport gets lost in all this capitalistic mess. Here’s how I see it – Peyton Manning earned more than 400 million dollars in salary in his career. Yet, I see him doing Papa John’s commercials no doubt not for free and no doubt no because he just “loves their pizza” (if that’s what you want to call it). So my question to Peyton, and all athletes is, “When is enough enough in terms of what’s in your bank account?”
Even an athlete making a million dollars a year earns more than roughly 95% of society will earn in their lifetime. We can make the argument that they risk personal injury and have to be away from their families more than the average person, but what about an oil worker at seas for months at a time not earning anywhere near that?
As a result athletes, along with everyone else in all walks of life, continue to ask for more and more annual salary and thus franchise owners are going to find new ways to increase revenue streams. Thus advertising on jerseys is born. Because soccer doesn’t have any commercials except for halftime, logos on jerseys have been a part of soccer forever, but in the US it’s going to be new. At first it will be a debate, but then like airlines taking away legroom from coach class, we’ll get used to having less quality and more profiting ownership.
But again I ask – When is enough enough? I think the line was crossed years ago and wish logos would stay off all jerseys.
Ryan Morik (Beast of the East Sports): I think when we think about having logos on jerseys, we don't want to believe it, but I don't see much of an issue with it. As long as it doesn't ruin the entire jersey, I am okay with it.
Steve Saunders (Back Sports Page): Yes. People lose sight of the fact that the reason we HAVE things like radio, television and professional sports is BECAUSE of advertisement. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks was nothing more than a marketing campaign for a Disney movie in the 90s. We have advertisements on sandwich boards, scoreboards and NFL broadcasts are more commercials than gameplay. Don't get carried away, but a logo or two might be tacky but I'm ok with it
Danielle McCartan (Pro Sports Rundown): I am vehemently opposed to teams having business logos on their jerseys. The only reason I could imagine why they would do this is to increase revenues for the teams and the organization. These sports associations (NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB, even UFC) are multi-million and multi-billion dollar corporations. There is absolutely no reason to include logos on sports jerseys . What happens when I buy a jersey featuring a certain sponsor, yet after a certain length of time, the sponsorship ends. The player could still be playing for the team, but a new company's logo would be in the old company's place. My jersey is outdated. As a fan, I would feel completely cheated. Same on the NBA, who has already adopted this policy, for treating its players as walking billboards and for gauging its fans of their hard-earned money so that they can make a few extra millions of dollars. Anthony Zurita:I think when we think about having logos on jerseys, we don't want to believe it, but I don't see much of an issue with it. As long as it doesn't ruin the entire jersey, I am okay with it.