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The fallout from the NBA’s clash with China hasn’t been limited to the league’s lucrative broadcast deals in China. A number of Chinese stores as well as the country’s top e-commerce sites have pulled NBA merchandise from sale, particularly products related to the Houston Rockets. It was the NBA team’s general manager, Daryl Morey, who tipped off the confrontation last week with his now-deleted tweet in support of the Hong Kong protesters.
Quartz searches for Rockets merchandise on Alibaba-owned e-commerce sites Tmall and Taobao returned no results. Their official NBA landing pages are still functioning, just with Rockets merchandise removed—a notable absence since the Rockets, the longtime team of former Chinese star Yao Ming, are popular in China. On rivals JD.com and Suning, searches for “NBA” and for Rockets products turned up no results. The South China Morning Post reports that the popular shopping app Pinduoduo has also taken down Rockets merchandise.
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A screenshot of Tmall's site showing no resultsSCREENSHOT OF TMALL
You won’t find Houston Rockets merchandise on Tmall.
Similar occurrences are happening offline. In Chongqing, a reporter for ifeng.com (link in Chinese) visited a number of stores yesterday and found them removing Rockets-affiliated jerseys from sale.
According to Reuters, several Nike stores it visited in Shanghai and Beijing had removed Rockets merchandise, including jerseys and sneakers. Store managers said they had received memos from management to pull the products. The stores went so far as to cover up the letters “NBA” on displays.
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BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Houston Rockets sneakers and other merchandise were pulled from several Nike (NKE.N) stores in major Chinese cities amid the furor surrounding a tweet from the team’s general manager in support of anti-government protests in Hong Kong.
Managers at five Nike stores in Beijing and Shanghai told Reuters during visits on Thursday they had been told in recent days via a memo from management that all Rockets merchandise had to be removed. Reuters was unable to view the memo.
Although Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has since apologized for his tweet last week, National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner Adam Silver further angered authorities when he said the league backed Morey’s right to exercise his freedom of expression.
Despite the controversy, the NBA was pressing ahead with an exhibition game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai on Thursday night. Promotional events earlier in the week had been canceled.
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The stakes are high for NBA, whose league business in China is said to be worth more than $4 billion. The world’s most populous nation is Nike’s top source of revenue growth as other regions slow.
Three Nike stores in Shenzhen also kept Rockets merchandise off the shelves, as well as NBA products in general, staff told Reuters by phone. Three Nike stores in Chengdu, a bustling inland city in southwest China, also removed Rockets products.
Nike and its China office did not respond to multiple Reuters requests for comment.
A specialist NBA store at Super Brand Mall, a major shopping center in the Shanghai financial district of Lujiazui, has also removed all Rockets-related merchandise.
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People walk past a Nike logo outside its store at a shopping mall in Beijing, China October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
“Other stuff, there hasn’t been any impact, and no one has said we need to withdraw it,” said a store manager, laughing. “If they say that all NBA stuff has to be withdrawn then our store will go bankrupt.”
At two basketball-themed NBA Playzone family entertainment centers in Shanghai and Beijing opened by NBA China, staff confirmed that Rockets products had been removed.
“Rockets products were hot before and when you stepped into the store, it was full of red. Now, it is mostly yellow and blue,” the colors of the Golden State Warriors, said a manager at the Shanghai Playzone, who like the NBA store employee declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.
NBA China did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment about the entertainment centers.
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As controversy between the NBA and China continues, a spotlight is being shone on the players signed to Chinese sneaker brands.
The NBA-China conflict made headlines last Friday when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a now-deleted tweet supporting protests in Hong Kong against Chinese rule.
For his part, Morey clarified that his views were not representative of the league. NBA commissioner Adam Silver published a statement on Oct. 8, writing, “The NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues.”
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The fallout for the NBA continues both at home and overseas. In the U.S., lawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticized the league, which they said kowtowed to China. Across the Pacific, Chinese brands are reportedly planning to cut ties with the NBA. Sportswear brand Anta announced it would cease a contract renewal process with the league, and rival Li-Ning is purportedly no longer affiliating itself with the Rockets.
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Both Anta and Li-Ning have signed U.S. basketball stars to their rosters in recent years. Below, see the top NBA athletes who have deals with Chinese sportswear brands:
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Dwyane Wade, Li-Ning
Wade signed with Li-Ning in 2012. In July 2018, the Miami Heat star, who retired at the end of the 2018-2019 season, extended that contract to a lifetime deal. While neither party disclosed specific terms of the contract, Wade reportedly has earned millions through his sponsorship and also has equity in the label. The ex-baller has his own signature line, called Way of Wade.
Klay Thompson, Anta
Arguably the most prominent current star signed to a Chinese brand, Thompson originally inked a deal with Anta in 2014. In 2017, the Golden State Warrior agreed to a 10-year extension that will keep him with Anta through 2026. This extension of the partnership could earn him an estimated $80 million, netting him one of the most lucrative sneaker deals in the NBA, according to SBNation.com. Thompson’s high-performing signature shoe, introduced in 2015, has gone through four iterations to date: the KT1, KT2, KT3 and KT4.
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CJ McCollum, Li-Ning
In 2017, McCollum announced a five-year deal with Li-Ning that has included annual trips to China during the offseason. The Portland Trailblazer has collaborated with the brand on the YuShuai 12, a shoe that he’s adopted as his own.
Gordon Hayward, Anta
Ahead of the 2018-2019 season, Hayward inked a four-year partnership with Anta following the expiration of a longtime Nike deal. His Anta sponsorship includes a signature sneaker and apparel.
Rajan Rondo, Anta
Rondo, who is playing on the Los Angeles Lakers this season, has repped Anta since 2013, when he landed an eight-year deal with the label. Additionally, he has an eponymous signature sneaker with the brand. The RR5 is the latest in the franchise.
Kevon Looney, Anta
Looney signed a two-year contract with Anta earlier this month. The Golden State Warrior wore Adidas for his first four seasons in the league but said he decided to make the switch after trying on teammate Thompson’s shoes.
Matthew Dellavedova, Peak
Dellavedova signed a three-year deal with Peak in 2016. The Cleveland Cavalier has a signature sneaker with the Chinese sportswear brand, called the Delly 1, which was released in Australia, his home country.
Evan Turner, Li-Ning
Turner signed to Li-Ning straight out of college in 2010, becoming the second NBA player to join the brand’s roster. The Atlanta Hawk most recently hit the court in the brand’s Sonic sneaker. Turner convinced former teammate McCollum to join team Li-Ning.
Lou Williams, Peak
Williams, who was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2018, is signed to Chinese brand Peak. After the Los Angeles Clipper won the Sixth Man honors, Peak released a Crazy6 Pack celebrating the new star.
Michael Carter-Williams, Li-Ning
In 2018, Carter-Williams played on the Houston Rockets, the team behind the current NBA-China controversy. But these days, the NBA star, who had an eponymous Li-Ning shoe drop in 2017, is signed with the Orlando Magic.
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Major Chinese e-commerce platforms Alibaba (BABA.N) and JD.com (JD.O) have taken Houston Rockets merchandise off their sales platforms, including mobile apps.
Searches for sneakers with the NBA logo on Alibaba and JD.com also yielded no results. Those include collaboration sneakers marketed with brands such as Nike and Carlyle-backed (CG.O) Supreme.
A handful of individual online merchants still sell the sneakers.
Alibaba, which declined to comment, told domestic media that Morey’s comments had seriously hurt the feelings of the Chinese people, and that there was no room for negotiation.
JD.com, which also did not comment, told local media that the firm deeply resented and strongly condemned Morey’s remarks.
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Two of the largest online resale marketplaces for sneakers in China have also removed all branded shoes connected to the NBA, according to four sneaker traders.
Poizon and DoNew, two mobile shopping apps popular among fans of designer sneakers, have taken NBA shoes off their platforms, traders said.
A Reuters search on Poizon and DoNew’s apps with the keyword “NBA” returned no results.
Poizon did not respond to an emailed request for comment and phone calls to DoNew’s office in Shanghai went unanswered.
“As long as the bosses of Nike and Adidas don’t come out and say something stupid and get banned by China’s central government, I think sneaker resales in China will remain pretty profitable,” said Zhu Junwen, a reseller in Guangzhou.
Adidas (ADSGn.DE) is in the middle of a reported $200 million, 13-year endorsement contract with Houston Rockets star guard James Harden, who is the centrepiece of the apparel maker’s basketball shoe lineup.
“But if (Nike and Adidas get banned), that would be the end of it,” Zhu said.
The unofficial ban may be aimed at the Rockets and the NBA, but it could put many Chinese retailers, particularly smaller ones selling on e-commerce platforms, in a difficult position. Even if sites continue to stock products, removing them from search effectively blocks shoppers from finding them. On the Nice app and Du app, two popular resale platforms for sneakers and sportswear, products related to both the Rockets and NBA could still be found with some digging. But searches for “NBA” or Rockets team yielded no results. Meanwhile, the retailers selling the items may not want to remove products from sale, as that income can be important, but they’re also not able to push back.
For a brand such as Nike, the situation is also sensitive. The US label is the official apparel provider to the NBA, meaning in addition to the products removed from its own stores, some of the items being pulled from sale elsewhere are likely Nike products too. While the official Nike page on Suning.com still lists all kinds of products, as Quartz checked today, no NBA team names or NBA stars are mentioned in the product listings. These items are just part of Nike’s giant business in China, of course, much of which isn’t specific to basketball, such as casual sneakers and running shoes.
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Printed NBA letters on a shoe shelf are seen covered, at a Nike store in Beijing, ChinaREUTERS/TINGSHU WANG
“NBA” is covered up on a display in a Nike store in Beijing.
But Nike and other brands could begin to notice an impact if the conflict escalates and broadcasts of NBA games are further restricted. “Without the exposure of the NBA, who is still buying signature shoes?” asked a sales associate at one of the stores visited in Chongqing.
Sales of basketball shoes in China are robust: An estimated 300 million people in the country play the sport at least recreationally. Matt Powell, the sports industry analyst for research firm NPD Group, noted in a blog post that, from what he sees, brand sponsorships of NBA players still drive sales in China, in a way they no longer do in the US. It’s part of the reason brands such as Under Armour and Nike send their NBA stars on tours of Chinese cities. If Chinese shoppers stop buying, voluntarily or not, the sneaker brands’ giant investments in athlete endorsements could lose value. “The same goes for NBA licensed products; if Chinese kids stop wearing NBA jerseys, the sales and investments in the licenses will, in my opinion, likely be in jeopardy,” Powell wrote.
Nike had not replied to a request for comment by the time of publication. We will update this story with any response.
So far, sneakers seem mostly spared, since they’re less likely to be explicitly branded in relation to the Rockets or the NBA itself, as opposed to specific brands or players. On JD.com, for example, searches for Nike and Air Jordan appeared unaffected. The report from Chongqing noted that signature lines for NBA players such as LeBron James (who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers) and Kevin Durant (now on the Brooklyn Nets) were still for sale, as were James Harden’s signature Adidas shoes. Though Harden plays for the Rockets, his shoes aren’t specifically branded for the team. (He was also quick to apologize to China and its fans after Morey’s comments.)
But whether and how quickly the NBA and China resolve their tensions has implications for other brands and businesses, too. They’re likely watching anxiously to see what happens next.