Nike, NFL, and Levis Strauss Political Business Strategy – The Much Bigger Geopolitical and Trade Picture….

From a pure economic/financial perspective this Nike  branding campaign doesn’t make sense…. unless, you realize a much bigger picture. A hidden bigger picture.

On its face, it just seems absurd. Why would any major corporation intentionally stake out a branding position that is adverse to their financial interests?

I’ve spoken to some very excellent business actuaries on this late today; and one specific conversation finally helped to make it all make sense.  During that conversation a good ally shared: “a multinational corporation would never make a branding decision adverse to their financial interests. Unless there is a hidden risk unrelated to what is visible on the surface.” ….BINGO, there it is, the lightbulb went on.

A hidden risk that likely has nothing whatsoever to do with Colin Kaepernick.

The bigger risk to Nike has nothing to do with Black Lives Matter, U.S. Consumers, or Antifa-like political advocacy. The bigger financial risk to the Nike Corporation has everything to do with geopolitics and a reset of international trade agreements.

Here’s the hidden aspect with research to back it up.  Nike Inc. has hitched its massive corporate existence to a 10-year business plan that is dependent on the continuance of recently negotiated manufacturing contracts.

The contracts for the manufacture of the Nike products are almost exclusively based on international agreements with Asian companies. Some are ASEAN countries; but specifically the most quantifiable risk stems from Chinese and North Korea contracts.

“Apple, Nike and 18 other U.S. companies have $158 billion at stake in China trade war” (details)

President Trump is likely, some would say predictably, about to levy a massive round of Section 301 tariffs on imported Chinese goods. Nike would be one of the U.S. manufacturing companies hardest hit by such a move. The current Trump administration objective toward renegotiated trade deals with China represents the most significant and mostly quantifiable threat to the Nike business plan.

This is the epicenter of the issue.

The hearings on $200 billion worth of Chinese tariffs ended today. It is not coincidental that Nike stakes out a political position in opposition to those pending tariffs.

But wait…. it gets worse. The Nike contracts with China have almost certainly been sub-contracted to non-publicized, generally secret, manufacturing facilities in North Korea.

DANDONG, China (Reuters) – Chinese textile firms are increasingly using North Korean factories to take advantage of cheaper labor across the border, traders and businesses in the border city of Dandong told Reuters.

The clothes made in North Korea are labeled “Made in China” and exported across the world, they said.

Using North Korea to produce cheap clothes for sale around the globe shows that for every door that is closed by ever-tightening U.N. sanctions another one may open. The UN sanctions, introduced to punish North Korea for its missile and nuclear programs, do not include any bans on textile exports.

“We take orders from all over the world,” said one Korean-Chinese businessman in Dandong, the Chinese border city where the majority of North Korea trade passes through. Like many people Reuters interviewed for this story, he spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. (more)

The people I have spoken to virtually guarantee that Nike goods and apparel are made in North Korean sweatshops. The contracts are with Chinese companies, but a corrupt Beijing process allows many -approved by China- companies to use DPRK sweatshops as sub-contractors.

Due to the scale of operations, Nike uses contracted manufacturing in multiple nations. The use of sub-contractors allows plausible deniability toward the North Korean facilities by the parent corporation signing the contract(s).

This presents a dual risk. #1 there are likely to be tariffs on Chinese imports; and #2 there are current sanctions against any companies operating in North Korea.

A multinational company doing simultaneous business with ASEAN nations, China and North Korea for the majority of their manufacturing is extraordinarily exposed to the risks inherent within a U.S. -vs- China/DPRK trade reset.

A 20% drop in Nike value (based on current evaluations), as a result of branding themselves with controversial and political Kaepernick, is nothing compared to the staggering financial risk inherent within multi-billion manufacturing contracts that can become worthless overnight.

Losing the entire supply chain, all future inventory and an inability to manufacture goods would cost much more than if half of the U.S. consumer base stopped buying Nike products.  Many of the current DPRK sanction breeches have been overlooked (but not unnoticed) by President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Therefore the Nike Company would be sympathetic to, and financially dependent on, alignment with the objectives of the Chinese Communist Party. In fact, with so much on the line, Chairman Xi Jinping would openly embrace and assist anti-U.S. endeavors around trade.

To that extent Beijing (the ultimate decision-maker and approval body) would willingly lower production costs to offset any drops in U.S. revenue for parent corporation, Nike.  A rather interesting quid-pro-quo.

And that answers the question: “Why would any major corporation intentionally stake out a branding position that is adverse to their financial interests?”

They, wouldn’t; and they didn’t.

The Nike political branding position is reconciled when you look at the bigger picture and see where the real financial risk aligns. The Nike economic decision is to align with China, and by extension North Korea, for a position of mutual benefit. It is all about the proverbial $$$$ and Nike’s best financial play is to mitigate risk and assist Communist China in their trade strategy.

China is willing to subsidize Nike (lower production costs), and replace any dropped revenue, in exchange for mutually beneficial political opposition against Trump and by extension his policies that are a risk to Beijing. As a result there is minimal financial risk to the Nike Corporation.

And with the current multinational Wall Street agenda now being confronted, we should not expect this approach to stop at Nike. Likely, many more multinational (globalist) corporations, specifically those in the apparel sector, will stake out a similar position.

Remember, part of the NFL brand and business is also apparel; an industry virtually wiped out in the U.S. by outsourced manufacturing in Asia.  Small companies, those more nationally minded, gain from the Trump business tax cuts, expensing and investment opportunities. However, the big brand Wall Street multinationals don’t benefit as much from Trump policy and are invested overseas.

  • Nike = Apparel
  • NFL = Apparel
  • Levi Strauss = Apparel

See the connection?  Remember, there are TRILLIONS at stake.

Now, does this also make sense?

WASHINGTON – American denim giant Levi Strauss & Co. announced Tuesday that it is launching a series of new initiatives to benefit groups working to prevent gun violence.

Levi Strauss’s CEO and President Chip Bergh wrote in Fortune on Tuesday that the company “simply cannot stand by silently when it comes to issues that threaten the very fabric of the communities where we live and work.”

“You may wonder why a company that doesn’t manufacture or sell guns is wading into this issue, but for us, it’s simple,” Bergh wrote. “Americans shouldn’t have to live in fear of gun violence. It’s an issue that affects all of us – all generations and all walks of life.”

Bergh said it was his responsibility to speak up for important issues since he leads a “values-drive company that’s known the world over as a pioneer of the American West and one of the great symbols of American freedom.” (more)

The multinational Wall Street firms are aligning with domestic political positions that align with Democrats; that is to say they align against President Trump and the economic/trade policy therein.

The agenda is to defeat the Trump-trade-reset; however, they, in this example Levi Strauss, cannot openly side with China and Asia against the United States.  The PR optics would be horrible…. So they do it covertly by supporting domestic political policies and opposition toward the President who is threatening the construct of their multinational business model.

Together the NFL, Nike and Levi Strauss stand to retain their current level of trade benefit (profit) if President Trump is blocked from instituting America-First trade and manufacturing policies.   Supporting gun control (Levi Strauss) or supporting BLM/Antifa (Nike) is simply a tool to support the political opposition of the policy-maker adverse to their financial interests.

Can you see what’s happening?

Just like the DeceptiCON moves in the U.S. Congress, this is exactly how U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue works.  Donohue is aligned with both Democrat and Republican wings of the UniParty. Any group in the momentary position to best support the efforts of his Wall Street corporations is where Donohue focuses his lobbying efforts.

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604 Responses to Nike, NFL, and Levis Strauss Political Business Strategy – The Much Bigger Geopolitical and Trade Picture….

  1. stan Brown says:

    Kaepernick is making minority neighborhoods more dangerous. When that message gets out — his slanders are getting blacks killed — Nike will get hurt.

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    • Kenji says:

      Want to get along with the POleece?

      1. Don’t be a criminal
      2. Don’t associate with known criminals
      3. Don’t resist

      I have been “profiled” (at airports, and by police) because I have longish hair, and don’t present as a straightlaced citizen. Meh. Laughed it off in all instances.

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      • gdw says:

        Judge Jeanine Rants On the NFL

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      • gdw says:

        “In 1629 a large group of Irish men and women were sent to Guiana, and by 1632, Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat in the West Indies. By 1637 a census showed that 69% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves,…”

        The story of Irish slavery you won’t hear in leftist indoctrination class rooms, or BLM riots.

        Hey aforementioned groups, how about a tall glass of #STFU
        http://yournewswire.com/almost-one-million-irish-s

        … any crying & demands for reparations from Irish America?

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        • Exactly. And for the record, our US History books are written from the British perspective. The Irish were not really affected by the “potato famine” as is listed in our grammar and junior high school history books, but rather that it was the British that took a great deal of the potatoes and put them in silos, thus starving out the Irish (along with everything they have done to them throughout history!). But they came to America, worked hard, rose up through the ranks and achieved, while still keeping their Irish heritage and proud to become Americans!

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          • Covadonga says:

            Actually, there was a blight that wiped out most of the Irish potato crop. That in itself had nothing to do with the British. It was a product of all Irish potatoes being descended from a handful of plants that were originally brought from Peru to Ireland, combined with, iirc, a few years of abnormally cloudy, wet, cool weather that favored the growth of fungus.

            (If there is any British angle to this biological cause of the problem, it would have to be found in the question of why only those few plants had been brought.)

            Because there was only one variety of potato involved, and the entire potato crop for the whole island was descended from so few original specimens, there was not enough genetic diversity for any significant percentage of the crop to have natural immunity to the fungal infection.

            In Peru itself, by contrast, a single typical potato farmer with one field on a mountainside in the Andes grows more different varieties of potatoes than you can find on the shelves in any supermarket of Ireland, the UK, or the US today. And among the plants of each of his varieties you can find more genetic diversity (i.e. less inbreeding) than in the whole of the island’s potato crop in early 19th century Ireland.

            Where the British figure in the tragedy was in the Corn Laws which they had previously passed. This was allegedly to promote the farm sector of the British Isles, so that there would be food to eat in case a foreign fleet blockaded the islands in time of war. (Britain had the most powerful navy in the world throughout the 19th century.)

            The Corn Laws were tariffs that kept the price of food grains abnormally high, benefitting the English lords and other wealthy landowners who sold grain, but costing factory workers, factory owners, and, of course, Irish peasants dearly.

            Thanks in part to the Corn Laws, Ireland remained in fact a net exporter of food throughout the Famine. The problem was that the food that was exported was produced on the land of the wealthy landlords, and belonged only to them. It was sold at prices too high for the peasants who worked the lords’ lands to feed their own families on.

            The food that was destroyed was the Irish potatoes, grown largely on the peasants’ small private plots.

            The blight did not affect wheat or any other crop besides Irish potatoes. The tragedy is that it largely didn’t even affect other varieties of potatoes. If the peasants had just been raising a variety of types of potatoes they would have had enough to survive.

            Repealing the Corn Laws was the dream and, eventually, the greatest success of the English Liberal Party. It took decades. Getting enough votes in the House of Commons to overcome the entrenched resistance of the landholders’ Tory Party required an alliance between the two modern forces (factory owners and factory workers) and the Irish Party.

            The alliance between owners and workers was eventually broken by the rise of Marxism.

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        • gkruz says:

          Maybe there should be. “Great” Britain has never admitted to its crimes against the Irish, and would never pay reparations to them under any circumstances. But they’ll give their country away to the dark hordes that swarm their cities without nary a blink because racism, wot?

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    • redline says:

      That message, more broadly, and its underlying facts-in-the-ground, have been ignored and obfuscated by the mainstream media for decades.

      They truly ARE enemies of the people, and they make up their own reality.

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  2. Paul Killinger says:

    Here’s the new US (that’s right, “US”) Chamber of Commerce message to the people of the United States…

    “Yes, we fully support China and their No Korean sweatshops, and would welcome them if we could establish them here in America.”

    …Thus EXPOSING the FATAL FLAW in Globalism!

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  3. Roadagent says:

    While there are many valid points in this analysis, I can’t endorse the concept. I worked for large U.S. corporations for over forty years. Applying Occam’s razor, leaders of said large corporations are generally political animals (corporate politics, that is) and idiots. They are also cowardly fools who follow the latest trends in the circles in which they travel. Being SJW’s is what the cool kids are doing these days, so the corporate “leaders” are simply jumping on board. Just my opinion,

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    • Bendix says:

      In the apparel industry in particular, we have seen some really, really stupid corporate decisions.
      People assume the big guys are smart. They aren’t.

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      • Mickjt says:

        The big boys in industry that support Globalism are in fact slave owners by proxy. They provide the capital that pays the slave wages in North Korea, China and elsewhere…of course the products From the guilty parties like Nike, Levi Strauss etc. are sold in the US for huge markups…and that fuels the whole supply chain except at the bottom…where the slaves live! It is no wonder that these huge money grubbing interests hate Pres. Trump, he’s tearing them apart one piece at a time!

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    • Paul Killinger says:

      Perhaps. We’ll get to see this play out for ourselves if other similar apparel mfgs follow suit.

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    • wrd9 says:

      Look at it this way, Nike can be attacked on two fronts. The pro-BLM/anti-cop front and the pro-China/Nork/pro-sweatshop front. Both are very anti-American.

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    • Walter Thomas says:

      I agree. The hypotheses set forth in this article are just too sophisticated for big business. Maybe Nike is making decisions based on geopolitics. Time will tell.

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    • The Demon Slick says:

      I agree. It’s a bubble they live in where everyone agrees. In this case everyone they know agrees Kap is a hero whose brilliant career was cut short by the man because he protested the obvious racism of America. Outside of the bubble where reality lives, he’s a failed backup moron who was benched for Blaine Gabbert and then handed the 9ers a gift by asking to be released from the final year of his contract which would have paid him 17 million dollars for the year. I just don’t see any brilliant strategy here. It’s a decision based on a false perception of reality. Personally I’m looking forward to seeing the aftermath. It’s going to be awesome if President Trump sanctions them for their N. Korea shenanigans.

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  4. Bendix says:

    Swindlers always hate it when the mark doesn’t cooperate.

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  5. What am I missing- If you can not sell your product- what good does it do? They still need customers…..immediately we spot Nike and Levis as enemies and boycott them. Nike lost 3 billion yesterday, (and we aren’t even talking about the fact they run sweatshops that are anti human rights- paying working only 20 cents a day!) You would have thought that they understand that this kind of campaign doesn’t work in the USA- Where most of their customers are- have they not seen others fall before them. I understand they want to hurt Trump as much as possible- but they can’t because we support him and are just offended. (Hollywood can tell them just how offended we can get). There is always the next guy to buy stuff from. Not going to miss Nike and Levis a bit- to look at them now reminds me of what they stand for! I have some in my closet- I wouldn’t be caught dead in them again! Doesn’t MONEY TALK still?

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  6. Ringelnatz says:

    They’re doing a preemptive “Harvey maneuver” —

    Weinstein: Don’t like me demanding sex in exchange for possible acting roles (which conduct has just finally come to light)?? Just watch me destroy the NRA ! !

    Apparel companies: Uh-oh, with this trade war heating up, our prison-nation slave-labor camps in North Korea are about to be exposed ! ! But don’t worry, just watch us support [BLM, Antifa, Gun Control, The Resistance . . . .] ! ! We are the GOOD guys, really ! !

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  7. rioosodog says:

    Awesome article… Irregardless of the the behind the scene politics Nike, like all Progressive Globalists, is putting America LAST! I will not support that…..ever! This kind of thinking is how American workers have been screwed by big conglomerates. Something the Demos used to tell us they were against. Another issue… what about Nike stockholders? Guess they know where they are in the pecking order!

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  8. JJ...the first one says:

    “””The bigger risk to Nike has nothing to do with Black Lives Matter, U.S. Consumers, or Antifa-like political advocacy. The bigger financial risk to the Nike Corporation has everything to do with geopolitics and a reset of international trade agreements.”””

    (My Opinion: See, when we think of Nike, we think America(I know, not made here, but)……they need to change that and make us think world/global/agenda 21!!!)

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  9. Roozter says:

    I quit Nike years ago because the high prices and sweatshop manufacturers. No garbage to clear out 😆!

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  10. Roozter says:

    I quit Nike years ago because the high prices and sweatshop manufacturers. No garbage to clear out 😆!

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  11. cadgbd says:

    This video provides an interesting perspective of the globalist plot to use a social dynamic called “disembedding”.

    Colin Kaepernick Face of New Nike Ad Campaign: Here’s Why!!!

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  12. daughnworks247 says:

    Corporations NEVER care how anyone ‘feels’.
    To a corporation, it’s all about the profit motive.
    To think otherwise is naive.

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    • Darklich123 says:

      CEOs raised by single mothers, participation trophies and safe spaces do care. Corporate America is a mess right now. It will work out in the end, but the fall will be brutal.

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  13. disman2017 says:

    There’s nothing inspirational about Kapernick. He is a fraud, a hypocrite, and and Unamerican ingrate. He’s not even black! He’s BIRACIAL! (only 1/2 black and 1/2 white) who was adopted by a white family. He didn’t grow up in the hood! His giant Afro looks ridiculous and needs a haircut badly! I am from an interracial family and scum like this is making multiracial/interracial families look bad!

    If Kapernick is so concerned about injustice, where the hell is he on inner city violence in Democrat-run cities (i.e. Chicago)?! Where is he on abortion?! Where is he on radical Islam oppressing women, gays, Jews and other non-Muslims?! Where is he on modern-day slavery in several African and Middle East countries? Where is he on domestic violence against women?! Nothing but silence! Since many NFL players are guilty on the latter? While this spoiled rotten brat has every right to address social/political issues off the field, he shouldn’t disrespect the flag or the national anthem! His reasoning for the protests is beyond ignorant and his logic makes no sense!

    Pat Tillman actually sacrificed his life by giving up his NFL career to join the military. He did more for this country than Kapernick ever will. Politics and sports are a deadly combination. I’ve already lost interest in watching NFL football and this Nike disaster reinforces my vow not to watch any more NFL. I didn’t watch football voluntarily last year due to the National Anthem protests. No more Nikes for me.

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    • JMC says:

      Your Pat Tillman example is excellent. It should be utilized immediately and widely by conservatives fighting back.

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    • eagle931 says:

      And Kaepernick was out there flaunting his message of injustice while wearing a Fidel Castro t-shirt. The irony of leading a crusade for equality and human rights while wearing a t-shirt with the face of one of the worst human rights abusers is very telling.

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    • Diane Norwood-Steven says:

      This writer is spot on! Deals are always about the money; making money by flaunting an un-American, sorry POS, Kaepernick, is an all-time low. I ceased watching NFL last season b’cuz of these bazillionaires who have made their fortunes from the very entity they have disrespected + ungrateful for their fortunes. NIKE is neither the 1st company I have boycotted its products nor will be the last. WE THE PEOPLE R aware of the mendacious world about us; we R still Deplorables + believe in our God, Country + families, supporting President Donald Trump’s Base!

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    • Darklich123 says:

      His brain can’t process anything other than Castro = Good

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  15. Billy Jones says:

    That’s a very interesting article especially when you consider that Levi Strauss & Co buys their denim almost exclusively from Greensboro, North Carolina’s International Textile Group, aka Cone Mills https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Textile_Group

    Could lead to even more layoffs of Americans but this time it will be office workers instead of mill workers.

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    • AlanHan says:

      Billy Jones: “ITG continues to manufacture fabrics in North America, but it has also developed fabric mills in China, Vietnam and Central America. Its best-known fabrics are denim and specialty nylon fabrics used in automotive airbag systems” ITG makes wool fabrics in Amritsar, India, which are used by many US owned discount suit labels.

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      • Billy Jones says:

        AlanHan You make my point exactly: “Could lead to even more layoffs of Americans but this time it will be office workers instead of mill workers.”

        Being a resident of Greensboro, NC. where ITG/Cone Mills last American Denim plant (White Oak) recently closed and where ITG is headquartered I can tell you for a fact that any future American layoffs will be office workers. Cone Denim is no longer made in the USA.

        Add to that, Greensboro, NC already trails the rest of the nation in economic development with higher rates of unemployment, higher rates of poverty, higher crime, higher homelessness, and higher food insecurity than most other American cities.

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  16. positron1352 says:

    Excellent analysis. Sundance, you are so darn brilliant!

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  17. DeAnna Vaughn says:

    Excellent as usual. I figured that Nike was protecting their factory production in Asia with this move. Probably some insider trading going on also as their stock price lost 3% in a day. Shameful. Will haven’t bought their cheap goods for 2 decades and never will.

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  18. Red T says:

    Anyone else creeped out by Kapernick’s eyes? Reminds me of a viper’s eyes. Whether they were photoshopped or changed by lighting, it’s not an accident.

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  19. dougwakeman says:

    These companies see a huge Chinese market or great cheap labor and with utter lack of morals or history, jump in bed with the Devil. Then, when a good man like President Trump comes along and addresses the sickness that their ignorance has ignored and exacerbated, they are left in the pits of Hell with their foul bedfellows. I have no sympathy and derive great pleasure at their ineffectual floundering, struggling for breath in the riptide of their demonic compromises.

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  20. webgirlpdx says:

    I am so glad to hear about this. You associate with a guy that hates cops and freely flaunts it…..you will lose.

    Their ‘this is where society is headed’ attitude is a huge mistake. This will not end well for NIKE.

    Thank you to those who truly sacrifice everything: BOOM.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/09/national-order-of-police-releases-statement-slamming-nike-for-propping-up-cop-hater-colin-kaepernick/

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  21. pyromancer76 says:

    Sundance, once again you are helping to educate us to world economic power and power plays when there are trillions $$$ at stake. There will be more tactics like this – and coordinated with some idiocy or another in the mainstream media and in some nasty “community activism.” I hope they fall on their faces and the Nike brand has to declare bankruptcy in the near future.

    As we are enabled to keep the larger picture regarding our, America’s, and President Trump’s enemies in mind, all the better to explain Policies to friends and neighbors. (Nike chose slave labor in North Korea (and elsewhere) — do you want to buy Nike?)

    We don’t have to support “the President” personally to them; we can ask them to focus on the real issues that concern every American. Later who is doing most to enhance and protect America?

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  22. MAJA says:

    Someone I know on Facebook and in real life posted a positive kap and Nike post. I rarely post there but I said that I hoped Nike would show the same commitment to making the world a better place by paying their 100,000+ Asian workers more than 20 c an hour for 16 hr days, and it is 100% in their control to do it. She replied that 20c an hour is better than nothing and allows them to eat. Same thinking here as with illegal alien sub class of workers being taken advantage of, as if it were ok because these people show up to do the work.

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    • MAJA says:

      Not that i think kap or nike are doing anything to make the world a better place, but they and the libs do, and i didn’t what my message to be about that, I want the libs to ask why they aren’t paying decent wages and using child labor.

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    • Darklich123 says:

      How did I know it would be a she?

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  23. Electra says:

    Hah. Besides tanking their own stock and probably their sales as well, Nike just handed Trump a huuugggeee PR win. So, I’m not worried about this. It just gives a black eye to all the global corporations that manufacture overseas. Smart move, Nike.

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  24. zooamerica says:

    What I still do not understand is why Nike/China would risk losing 50% or more of the US market…the largest economic market in the world???

    The US market is Nike’s biggest cash cow…but now they lost half or more their customers.

    Globalism (Internationalism/communism) was never built on solid economic thinking.

    It’s called the Communist INTERNATIONAL for a reason.

    Globalism is World Communism wrapped up in “democratic socialism.”

    Getting back to the question – WHY would Nike risk killing their own brand by aligning with the political left, but at the same time losing half or more of their biggest customer base in America?

    China can subsidize Nike all they want,but if Nike loses half of their customers good luck with that, China.

    Nike will also lose customers in the UK, Canada, and other countries around the world with smart people.

    What started as a great American company has devolved into globalist insanity.

    SELL NOW.

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    • Darklich123 says:

      It would take many years to destroy Nike with a kapernick as. But maybe only 6 months with the right trade barriers. Calculated gamble.

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  25. TreeperInTraining says:

    Ayn Rand was a prophet.

    We are living Atlas Shrugged.

    Imho

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  26. Dee says:

    So China pays Nike in addition to getting blasted in the market and on trade so that they can benefit how? Just to SPITE Trump and to piss off Americans? How does that affect the ongoing trade deals? “Wont Made in America” fill the void? And without the use of slave labor? If thats the case, then this game is OVER for china and these traitor companies.

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  27. Former Low Information Democrat says:

    Can Revelations just get here already. The week shall inherit the Earth. Do you really think this means multi national billion dollar corporations? Look what the almighty bottom dollar has done to this Earth. These companies are inhumane and will do anything to hold on to slave labor while posturing behind “social” causes.
    I don’t see everything just returning to normal while on the current path we on.

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  28. mutantbeast says:

    Nike is the KINGS of slave labor. 92% of there goods are made in RED CHINA(commie) VIETNAM (commie) MALASIA (moosepig) or INDONESIA(moosepig). All that apparently matters to Nike is that you be anti-americanm since most communists in reality are crony capitalists.

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  29. philjourdan says:

    I understand the reasoning. But I disagree with the conclusions reached by Nike and others. Aligning with Kaepernick does nothing to mitigate their vulnerabilities in Asia. It only antagonizes any good will they have in the US. It could very well be Nike’s reasoning. But that is because they failed to realize the new paradigm. SO much for the 21st century version of PF flyers.

    And here’s another killer for Levi and Nike. Never choose sides in a domestic fight. If the parties make up, you lose all around. If they do not, you still lose half the battle. China and the US will make up. China needs our markets – theirs cannot sustain their output. So once Trump and Xi come to an agreement (mid way between what it is now, and Trump’s rhetoric), Nike will nave no friends.

    Reminds me of Enron. Getting in bed with politicians is never a long term strategy,

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  30. Trey Dawg says:

    I wonder what skeletons are in Chamber Of Commerce’s Donahue’s closet? He has been a pimple on the ass of working Americans. Sells out wage earners here every day. Would like to see him go down hard.

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  31. Gary Lacey says:

    Doesn’t the consumer need to buy the product, well yes, there in lies the rub!

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  32. Mike diamond says:

    When levi quit supporting the boy scouts many years back i switched to wranglers,I quit,watching the NFL wh enjoy players took a knee and would not stand for the national anthem! And because of what Nike just did I will never buy or wear Nike brand shoes,never!

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  33. Billy Jones says:

    So taking into account the information in the article at the Conservative Tree House that products we thought were made in China are actually made in North Korea, could this be the reason Trump was so eager to cut deals with Kim?

    Where are Trump’s made in China products really made?

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  34. ThankYou,Treepers says:

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018, the NBA officially weaponized it’s players against Trump.

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    Nike is in the second year of an eight year contract as the NBA’s official outfitter.

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