There have been plenty of strong reactions to Nike’s decision to make Colin Kaepernick the face of its new “Just Do It” ad campaign, but the amount of publicity the sports apparel juggernaut has gained because of it is already undeniable.
According to some figures from the social media analytics firm Talkwalker, mentions of the Nike Brand were up 135 percent from the previous week as of Tuesday. While the mentions have been both positive and negative, mentions of Nike were approaching the 3 million mark in a 24-hour period, which was a 1,400 percent increase over the day before the new campaign was released.
Nike unveiled a major new ad campaign on Monday to commemorate the 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” slogan, and Colin Kaepernick is the main face of it. There has been speculation that the free agent quarterback will also be getting his own clothing line, but that is apparently not the case.
Kaepernick has been under contract with Nike since 2011, which was the year he entered the NFL. The company has stuck with him even though no team has signed him, and his new legal representation is said to have negotiated his latest deal with the apparel juggernaut. Robinson said Kaepernick was receiving interest from other shoe companies, which gave Nike a sense of urgency.
As you may know, Big & Rich’s song “Comin’ to Your City” has become the theme song for ESPN’s “College GameDay.” The song plays at various points during the broadcast and the band has performed it live in several cities.
Nike has kept Kaepernick under contract even though he has been unable to find work in the NFL. Kaepernick has been with Nike since 2011, and the details of the current endorsement deal are pretty noteworthy.
Colin Kaepernick has kept his endorsement deal with Nike even as he has been unable to find work in the NFL for well over a year, and the sports apparel juggernaut has unveiled a powerful new campaign featuring the quarterback.
On Monday, Nike debuted a series of intense “Just Do It” ads to commemorate the 30th year of the popular slogan being coined. Kaepernick is one of the faces of the campaign with a powerful image that reads “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
On Sunday, Reed finally had a spot towards the bottom of Nike’s golf athletes. He was listed below Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Alex Noren, Francesco Molinari, Thomas Pieters, Kevin Chappell and others.
“They’re doing a new thing where all the players stay in the same kind of story line,” Reed said. “All the players will either be in dark blue or gray, grayish black today and yesterday and then all of us will be in the same color tomorrow and Saturday and Sunday.”
Reed, who signed with Nike in January, is expected to wear pink on Sunday when he will have a full day’s worth of exposure playing in the final pairing with Rory McIlroy. He will enter the final round as the leader through 54 holes, holding an excellent shot at claiming his first major.
There is no word on what color Tiger Woods will wear, though many expect him to be sporting his customary red on Sunday.
After a string of high-profile tears to their jerseys during the early part of the NBA season, Nike announced on Monday that it’s ‘working to implement a solution’ and correct the problem.
“Nike has always put the athlete at the center of everything we do and we have worked hard to create the most advanced uniforms in the history of the NBA,” the company said in the statement via ESPN. “They are lighter and deliver great mobility and sweat wicking characteristics, and the feedback from players has been overwhelmingly positive. However, during game play we have seen a small number of athletes experience significant jersey tears. We are very concerned to see any game day tear and are working to implement a solution that involves standardizing the embellishment process and enhancing the seam strength of game day jerseys. The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance and we are working with the NBA and teams to avoid this happening in the future.”
Nike, who signed an eight-year, $1 billion deal with the NBA that started this season, did not reveal how many of its jerseys would be discarded as the result of these tears, nor did they give a guaranteed timeline on a fix.
Over the first few weeks of the season, more than a handful of NBA superstars have not only seen their jerseys torn, but in some cases, literally ripped to shreds.
A compilation video of some of the tears had recently been put together and it immediately went viral on social media.
The one saving grace for Nike has been a lack of complaints from consumers who have purchased the authentic jerseys, which range anywhere from $100 to $250.