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-Ph51-
Nov 26th, 2003, 02:23 PM
Teletext says two propositions were made to father Lei Clijsters.
-Kim plays in a white outfit
or
-if she wins a medal she goes on the podium with an adidas jacket,but is allowed to play in her usual fila outfit.

Wait and see! :angel:

vutt
Nov 26th, 2003, 03:13 PM
I remember similar case with Jelena before last Olympics. She was clearly booed then.

Well, well !
Quod licet Iovi, non licet Bovi (what is permitted to Jupiter is not permitted to a cow)

TonyP
Nov 26th, 2003, 03:42 PM
I think this is another example of how commercial the Olympics have become. I support Kim. The Belgian olympic committee had to know in advance that the top players already have clothing endorsement contracts and that they'd be in violation of those contracts appearing in another company's clothing.

It puts the player in an impossible position, asking her to either seem unpatriotic, or to shaft the company that HAS supported her during her career.

No Olympic team should be making clothing deals with some manufacturer and then expecting players to go along with such a contract.

And tennis is NOT like other Olympic sports. Kim has not been training all year at some Olympic tennis camp. The skills she'd bring to the team have nothing to do with the Olympics. They would have more to do with the money she has earned on the tour, and some of that comes from her current clothing sponsor. It has nothing to do with the Olympics.

-Ph51-
Nov 26th, 2003, 04:30 PM
You're quite right!

gourownway
Nov 26th, 2003, 05:17 PM
I second that! The Olympics use to be something special to watch. Now it's like every other sport, a mindless, capitalist driven machine.

TheBoiledEgg
Nov 26th, 2003, 05:19 PM
does Kim think representing Fila is more important than representing Belgium ???

she can always get another contract
or she could become an Aussie :p

Shedevil
Nov 26th, 2003, 05:23 PM
does Kim think representing Fila is more important than representing Belgium ???

she can always get another contract
or she could become an Aussie :p
:lol: that last would be the best solution :p

angele87
Nov 26th, 2003, 05:26 PM
Is this whole thing even Kim's decision? I would imagine that it's not only about her wanting to wear Fila but also about Fila wanting her to wear Fila. I mean they pay her god knows how much money to wear Fila and I can't imagine that they would be content to say Sure Kim, go to the Olympics, where the world will be watching, and wear Adidas even though we're paying you millions to wear Fila.... :confused:

RAA
Nov 26th, 2003, 05:30 PM
the us basketball team got around this by having players sponsored by "other" companies to drape the flag over their shoulder, where the rival sponsor's logo was shown.

good enough for MJ.. probably good enough for Kim..

I can't decide whether I think this is commercialism gone totally bad, or good loyalties by athletes.
Its hard for me to say, no I won't represent MY COUNTRY in the OLYMPICS because of a sponsorship deal..

on the other hand.. Fila does pay Kim BOATLOADS of $$.. and generally money wins out over most other things.. like patriotism.

bandabou
Nov 26th, 2003, 05:30 PM
Yep...that´s a difficult thing to say. NO WAY should she be wearing Adidas during the OLYMPICS where everybody´s watching, while Fila was paying her all the millions them other times. That´s wrong...but I´m sure the Ozzies would love to adopt Kimmie. I mean after they lost Jelena, they lost all hope of ever having a GS winner. Enter Kim...easy.

DA FOREHAND
Nov 26th, 2003, 05:37 PM
I have the solution....if she gets up on the podium she should strip off her Addidas top to reveal her Fila sports bra!

bandabou
Nov 26th, 2003, 05:40 PM
Hahaha....and then Lleyton comes out and then you know.....the rest.

Hawk
Nov 26th, 2003, 05:55 PM
I have the solution....if she gets up on the podium she should strip off her Addidas top to reveal her Fila sports bra!

lol..best solution I've heard yet! :p

I think Kim is pretty loyal to Fila..her father once said that after she parted ways with Nike, it was a tough market and they weren't getting any offers until Fila came and offered them a 7 month contract. Kim appreciated that alot and has stayed with them as a result.

I personally found it hard to believe that no company would want the #3 player (I believe that was her rank at the time)..but that's what Lei said :confused:

Elke
Nov 26th, 2003, 06:13 PM
Fila only pays Kim as long as she's in the top 8.

space
Nov 26th, 2003, 06:13 PM
Is this whole thing even Kim's decision? I would imagine that it's not only about her wanting to wear Fila but also about Fila wanting her to wear Fila. I mean they pay her god knows how much money to wear Fila and I can't imagine that they would be content to say Sure Kim, go to the Olympics, where the world will be watching, and wear Adidas even though we're paying you millions to wear Fila.... :confused:


Belive me they can't be paying Kim that much that company is almost in bankruptcy.

-Ph51-
Nov 26th, 2003, 06:17 PM
Fila only pays Kim as long as she's in the top 8.
Is that so??? :confused:

Elke
Nov 26th, 2003, 06:21 PM
Is that so??? :confused:

Said it in the big HUMO interview couple of weeks ago. (Lei)

She could have gotten a lot more out of her contract with FILA, but then she had to show up 5 more days to do some 'sponsor duties', but Kim decided to spend those 5 extra days in Australia.

TonyP
Nov 26th, 2003, 06:23 PM
Its not just at the medal ceremony. What is she supposed to do during matches? And to say there are other sponsorhips to be had is silly. Maybe and maybe not.

This is a question of showing loyalty to a company that has supported her in the past.

I personally don't think any Olympic athlete should be wearing clothing displaying logos. But then, I don't think professional athletes belong in the Olympics.

I would much rather see top juniors or college players be given a worldwide showcase. The Olympics should return to being a sporting event for amateurs only. If this is about patriotism, it should be an event for citizen/athletes, not professional athletes.

-Ph51-
Nov 26th, 2003, 06:24 PM
Said it in the big HUMO interview couple of weeks ago. (Lei)

She could have gotten a lot more out of her contract with FILA, but then she had to show up 5 more days to do some 'sponsor duties', but Kim decided to spend those 5 extra days in Australia.
Well,money isn't everything :)

bandabou
Nov 26th, 2003, 06:31 PM
It ain´t....she´s already rich: 4 million this year ALONE! Can afford to spend some quality time with Lil Lleyton and do some cheerleading work for DC.

angele87
Nov 26th, 2003, 06:58 PM
Kim must have signed a contract with Fila so I wonder if that contract would allow her to play in Adidas at the Olympics :confused:

-Ph51-
Nov 26th, 2003, 07:15 PM
Kim must have signed a contract with Fila so I wonder if that contract would allow her to play in Adidas at the Olympics :confused:
Not play!Wear an adidas jacket on the podium.

Hawk
Nov 26th, 2003, 07:18 PM
Kim must have signed a contract with Fila so I wonder if that contract would allow her to play in Adidas at the Olympics :confused:

There would have to be a clause in her contract stating for Olympic purposes she could wear another companies clothing. There obviously is nothing like that in her contract or we wouldn't have this problem at all.

Hagar
Nov 26th, 2003, 07:21 PM
Kim should play naked. This would draw a much bigger audience (Lleyton included :p ) than Adidas or Fila.

-Ph51-
Nov 26th, 2003, 07:25 PM
There would have to be a clause in her contract stating for Olympic purposes she could wear another companies clothing. There obviously is nothing like that in her contract or we wouldn't have this problem at all.
Think the BOIC shouldn't be allowed to sign contracts in the name of the players,knowing they have private ones!

space
Nov 26th, 2003, 07:53 PM
Kim should play naked. This would draw a much bigger audience (Lleyton included :p ) than Adidas or Fila.


Dear God no, we would not want to see that. That would not be a pretty sight.

bandabou
Nov 26th, 2003, 08:45 PM
I find it odd that the Belgians have a clothing-contract for the team, when the players themselves already have sponsors.

If I´m not mistaken, when Serena and Venus played the Olympics, each wore their own sponsor apparell.