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Radio Shack stock reaches new high with Lance on board.

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Alpe d'Huez said:
Help make the world a better place Sprok, and avoid buying Nike anything. If people here think Livestrong is bad... To me, Trek is fine, SRAM is fine, Radio Shack is cool, you don't really hear me complain much about Livestrong even, but Nike I avoid at all costs, and encourage everyone to do the same.

Something that probably brightened your day,right on the front page here it says race membership is up in the US, thanks to Lance. Though I'm sure a lot of us hardcore fans feel these new riders have not "seen the light of truth". Now, let the debate begin (continue?!). :eek:

1st off, Nike shoes always fit me like garbage, too small toe box. Second, the rest of their stuff is ridiculously priced. A swoosh means nothing to me. They seemed to be all about branding to me (not that branding is bad, but sometimes you need product to match the image and they don't, imo).

It always seemed like they were just machine devised to separate spoiled or stupid kids from their parents' money.

No real issue with Radio Shack, sooner or later everyone needs some gizmo that only they seem to sell, but I never see them as a major electronics retailer. Why do they always want my phone number? "Hi, this is that creepy guy you bought the coaxial adapter from. Just checking to see if you are happy with it. We have some new cabling come in next week and I just wanted you to know first."

they also have cool r/c cars

How cycling fits into their plans is beyond me. Maybe they see it as a cheaper way to get into sponsorship before they start venturing into pricier sports sponsorships after they learn how it works.
 
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Publicus said:
I think you are underestimating the impact of sponsors and sponsorships on shoe and apparel sales. Nike owes its global growth to its sponsorship of Michael Jordan. While Lance isn't on Michael Jordan's level (as it relates to Nike's bottom line), if there was a significant doping scandal on the level of the Festina affair, Nike along with Trek and any number of sponsors closely tied to Lance would find themselves suffering accordingly.

Love him or hate him, Lance is very visible, which sponsors love. But visibility is a double-edge sword. When, and if, he fuks up, it's going to get disproportionate coverage and significantly harm the sponsors, and in all likelihood cycling (especially American cycling).
Jesus. Is it raining where you're posting today, debby downer?

No way a scandal does anything to Radio Shack. They take a poster or two down, a bit of merchandise from their stores, and not run an advert or two that might be on the air at the moment. Company is too big and focused in a market that has nothing to do with sports.
 
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Alpe d'Huez said:
Help make the world a better place Sprok, and avoid buying Nike anything. If people here think Livestrong is bad... To me, Trek is fine, SRAM is fine, Radio Shack is cool, you don't really hear me complain much about Livestrong even, but Nike I avoid at all costs, and encourage everyone to do the same.

Something that probably brightened your day,right on the front page here it says race membership is up in the US, thanks to Lance. Though I'm sure a lot of us hardcore fans feel these new riders have not "seen the light of truth". Now, let the debate begin (continue?!). :eek:

wow , i feel exactly the same......and oddly enough so do most if not all of my sporting cohorts , none of us wear any nike at all........and ill go one further , a great girl and close family friend works for nike in my home town , she is a well placed mid level manager , constantly offers me product , anything i want free or close to..........it was hard for her to equate a sports company and my political views.....as i said no nike in this household.....free or otherwise
 
L29205 said:
How many threads have been started on the viability of the of Astanas sponsors? Every sponsor is at question in this economy.

But Astana is at the mercy of its highly dubious "sponsors", RS has come into the sport with a "blank chequebook" (unconditional commitment), if their share price didn't rise with the index, it's not as if they were a risk of pulling out of the sport (before their involvement officially started).

Would you like me to start a thread on News Corp?

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I think that their rise (12month highs atm!) is due to the impending arrival of Sky on the road, I think it's everyone gambling on EbH being a superstar. Although if the stock goes down 3% tomorrow, I have a feeling Sky may never get on the road in 2010.