Originally Posted by smiler
I dont' know, I've also wondered about this. I mean part of me says fair play, they've gotta earn all the money they can (especially lower ranked players) because their career won't last very long. But then on the other hand, it's not like the top players are short of a bob or two, and nike especially has questionable ethics. I wonder if they take this into account when they accept a sponsorship deal?
I don't know what other companies are like
I think those companies who have good ethics should make a big deal out of it, because I'd feel a lot better knowing someone wasn't exploited to make me a t-shirt.
Nike isn't the only one, and had 2B dragged kicking and screaming into a pledge of paying LOCAL living wages in these countries, whom the manufacturers "play off against eachother". And then to actually monitor compliance by their subcontractors.
Even with compliance, of course the living wage in poor countries is far lower than in developed ones. And (Nike) only agreed to pay even that based on the living costs of a single adult, not a family. So in effect they're contributing to child labor by causing families to have to send their children to work in other fields, like agriculture for example.
Your last paragraph raises an interesting question, presuming that you meant you prefer to wear t-shirts, etc. that are endorsed by tennis players and other celebrities: WHY? Hell, if someone wants me 2B a "walking billboard", give me the damn stuff for free and call it a trade. Also: lets say you're buying a camera. How the hell does Masha's expensive endorsement make Canon better than rival brands? (Or the old Andre ad campaign for them).
So as Pogo once said: "We have met the enemy and he is us". In other words, if we all just stop indirectly paying athletes for the "privilege" of displaying their names, and stop letting ads by ppl who don't know more than you or I about how brands of whatever compare... those endorsements will disappear of their own dead weight. BTW, has anyone here chosen a Sony-Ericsson cellphone because
it bought naming rights to the WTA Tour?