Q: You just launched your signature shoe line. Tell us about it? Klay Thompson: It’s exciting. I signed with Anta this fall, and we just released my signature shoe. I’m really excited to work with them—they give me a lot of input on the stuff that I design, so I’m just trying to develop that side of me.
After leaving Nike for ANTA back in February, Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson is preparing for his first full season as a member of the China-based brand. When he returns to the court this fall, he’ll do so wearing his very first signature sneaker. Thompson and ANTA officially introduced the KT1 (working name) earlier today. Styled in Dub Nation colors, the high-top features a uniquely textured upper, heel overlay, printed interior and anatomical map outsole traction pattern. There’s also a Golden State Warriors logo on the tongue of this pair, a benefit of the deal signed by the brand to become the NBA’s official partner and merchandiser in China last year.
Michael Jordan has been forced to wait an extra day before jurors begin deliberating in his federal court case against defunct supermarket chain Dominick’s. U.S. District Judge John Blakey delayed closing arguments at the end of the six-day trial until Friday morning. Both sides finished presenting evidence Wednesday, but Blakey decided he needed Thursday to oversee arguments about the instructions he will give jurors. Dominick’s was previously found liable by the court for using Jordan’s name and identity without permission in a 2009 special issue of Sports Illustrated. Jurors must decide how much Dominick’s owner Safeway must pay for the gaffe. Jordan and his advisers say the rights Dominick’s took without permission were worth $10 million, but an expert hired by Dominick’s put the fair price at just $126,900.
Forget the $10 million Michael Jordan says the use of his name and identity is worth — it’s only worth $126,900, a sports economics expert hired by the defunct supermarket chain Dominick’s testified in federal court Wednesday morning. Rodney Fort, a University of Michigan professor of sports management, said Jordan and his advisers wildly overestimated the value of a single-page ad in a 2009 special issue of Sports Illustrated in which Dominick’s used Jordan’s name and identity without permission. The fair market value of the one-time use of Jordan’s identity “could be no more than $126,900,” Fort testified.
Charismatic Harden, 25, known as “The Beard” to his fans and voted the NBA’s second best player last season, will switch from Nike to wear Adidas shoes on the court, and its gear in social settings, from October. Adidas has stayed quiet about the sum reported by ESPN, but confirms it is taking a big bet on basketball. “His connection with the fans is unique and unprecedented,” an Adidas spokesman told AFP, noting that the salary will be linked to athletic performance. “He can take the game and our brand to new heights.”