I’d be the first to agree that I’m in no position to criticize anyone for having a tattoo of a brand, although I think the Brannock Device tat on my right arm is a lot cooler than Marcin Gortat’s Nike/Jordan calf tat, shown above. And as a bonus, I’ll never have to worry about a rival foot-measuring company telling me to cover up my tat, which is what Reebok has told Gortat to do. Much like the Nike/Adidas tennis spat a few years back, the tattoo situation highlights the real problem when you mix sports and sponsorships: Everyone ends up behaving like children.
You can expect to see a lot more of these conflicts as advertising encroaches on uniforms. If Player X has an endorsement deal with American Express and then his team starts wearing a MasterCard sleeve patch, how do you think that’s gonna play out? Just one more reason to keep ads off of uniforms.
And hey, speaking of ads on unis, Scoop Jackson and I debated the merits of that very topic yesterday on ESPN. Most of my arguments will be familiar to those of you who read the blog regularly, but it’s still an interesting dialogue.
And speaking of ESPN, I’ll have a new column up today — look here. — Paul
A few other items of note: Want to catch you up on a few things:
• Kirsten and I will be appearing on the radio this morning at 10:40am (not at 11:40am, which is what I had written in a previous update). We’ll be talking Candela, Uni Watch, and “I’m Calling It Shea.” You can stream the live audio here, and the segment should be archived on that page later in the day.
• As you may have noticed, we have a new sponsor in the right-hand rail: Cooperstown Collection caps from Dugout Memories. Glenn Gough, the president of Dugout Memories, is one of the nicest, most gracious people I’ve ever dealt with — please take a look at his site, and continue to support all our advertisers.
• Although this could change, for now I’ve decided that the Uni Watch party in Baltimore next week is still on. So we’re still good to go for next Wednesday, June 17th, 7pm, at the Hillendale Bowling Center.
• And my continued thanks to all of you who’ve said such nice things about Monday’s entry and who’ve expressed support during a very stressful period. You’re all aces.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Sharp eye by Cameron Norris, who noticed that the 1995 “World Champions” sign at Turner Field has an upside-down N. “One of those things where it really sticks out once you notice it,” he says. … Jim Mellett has provided 10 more scans from The Professionals, which I’ve added to this gallery. I’ll keep adding more images as he sends them to me. … Stirrup Nation Update: Yancy Yeater, who works for the minor league Washington Wild Things, reports that three of the team’s players have been looking my-t-fine lately. … Have you seen this year’s All-Star Game BP jerseys? I can live with the A.L. design, but check out the N.L. version — woof! Who had the bright idea of putting that powder blue trim on the collar? Gonna be one ugly home run derby this year (with thanks to Christopher Leopardi). … This is so weird, on several different levels (good find by Adam Brodsky). … I’ve previously reported that Robbie Cano’s cap hasn’t had the Yankee Stadium logo on the back, and now Erik Montgelas reports that Derek Jeter’s cap was logo-free last night as well. Sorry, no photo. … Think Salty has a long surname (14 letters)? The Bosox chose this guy (15 letters) in the MLB draft, and the Braves picked this guy (18 letters, plus the hyphen). … Check out the dotted i on Adam Everett’s road jersey. Jay Winkler says it’s been missing the top navy layer of fabric for several weeks now.