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Feb 23, 2012

New Nike ‘Foamposite’ shoe causes frenzy

Sneaker fanatics who lined up outside stores overnight got their first crack Friday at a new outer-space themed Nike basketball shoe, getting so unruly in some cities that police were called to restore order. More than 100 deputies in riot gear quelled a crowd in Orlando, Fla., where the release of the $220 Foamposite Galaxy […]

Feb 15, 2012

Being (kinda) Like Mike

Designer knock-offs might be bad for business, but blatant designer knock-offs are always good for a laugh. A Rolax watch? A Pollo shirt? There’s more funny there than you can fit into a Louis Veeton bag. Which brings us to a story from Georgia about counterfeit Air Jordans, the iconic Nike brand. An officer pulled […]

Dec 9, 2011

To thwart porn, colleges are buying up .xxx sites

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The University of Kansas is buying up website names such as and But not because it’s planning a Hot Babes of Kansas site or an X-rated gallery of the Nude Girls of the Land of Aaahs. Instead, the university and countless other schools and businesses are rushing to prevent […]

Sep 8, 2011

Nike releases famed “Back to the Future” shoe

PORTLAND — Nike is going back to the future. The sneaker maker on Thursday said it has created a limited-edition shoe based on a glowing pair that appeared in the popular 1989 movie “Back to the Future II.” The 2011 Nike Mag is designed to be an exact replica of the fictional sneaker, including a […]

Sep 7, 2011

Outlet malls a big hit for back-to-school shoppers

NEW YORK — Parents have a new goal this back-to-school shopping season: Buy their kids the name brands they want without spending like it’s 2007. After the recession began in late 2007, cost-conscious consumers sought out the cheapest shirts and shoes they could find at merchants like Wal-Mart and Target to keep their budget in […]

Jun 20, 2011

Baltimore man sentenced for selling counterfeit items

Federal authorities say a Baltimore man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for selling counterfeit items purportedly made by Louis Vuitton, Prada, Nike and others. Forty-seven-year-old Marvin Johnson was also ordered to forfeit nearly $24,000 in unlawful proceeds at sentencing recently. According to his guilty plea, Johnson sold the counterfeit goods at a […]

Jan 12, 2011

Score one for Under Armour in BCS title game

Under Armour defeated Nike in the BCS title game Monday night. That’s one storyline playing out since Auburn University vanquished the University of Oregon, 22-19, for the NCAA college football championship. To locals, the backstory is pretty well known, but many sports fans nationally may not have been aware of Baltimore-based Under Armour’s rivalry with […]

Oct 1, 2009

Nike denies Vick deal

Wow. In this 24-hour news cycle, if you don’t get in front of something right away, the rumors will fly. Nike issued a statement this morning saying it is NOT signing Vick. From the Washington Post: “Nike does not have a contractual relationship with Michael Vick,” the spokesman, Kejuan Wilkins, said, according to the reports. […]

Oct 1, 2009

Nike re-signs Michael Vick — more sponsors to follow?

UPDATE:  Nike is now denying that it has entered into a new endorsement deal with Michael Vick. See Liz Farmer’s updated blog here. His is the fourth-highest selling jersey in the NFL this year — I’d guess you’d have to be insane to pass up on the opportunity to cash in. Nike, which dropped then-Atlanta […]

Jul 14, 2009

Golfing fashionistas

I’m probably the last person who needs to be told sporting events today are about WAY more than what’s happening on the field. I never thought I would see this phrase in an article about Tiger Woods and other top golfers: “…he will undoubtedly wear white pants and a blue shirt with a white piping […]

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