Quote of the Day
"I don't think that's a possibility. We don't allow that."
-- Patriots LB Tully Banta-Cain, on whether the team might be interested in appearing on HBO's "Hard Knocks" (Brockton ENTERPRISE, 8/24).
Best Foot Forward
It appears that after testing the U.S. marketplace, Li-Ning is prepared to enter it full-force and compete with the likes of Nike and adidas. The China-based brand signs 76ers rookie Evan Turner to be the face of Li-Ning in the U.S. in a deal that includes a signature shoe to be available globally. Li-Ning's Brian Cupps calls the Turner deal "monumental" for the brand as it looks to use basketball as an entrance into the crowded U.S. market. Cupps added, "It shows that we're serious as an emerging brand here in the U.S." For a brand digging its way into America's basketball culture, there might not be a better partner than Sonny Vaccaro. The former adidas, Nike and Reebok exec wants back in the grassroots market he dominated for years, and Li-Ning reportedly has its eyes on backing Vaccaro's new venture. If nothing else, his return could force Nike and adidas "to spend more money than they've been spending during Vaccaro's absence."