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  1. It's not the finish, it's moisture. Get a little sweat on a matte/satin helmet and it looks glossy. When it's try and the light isn't strong, it can appear matte. When there's hard light on it, they'll look shinier. It's not like the helmet reconditioner is mixing up different paint ingredients every time Cleveland gets their helmets done.
  2. Correct. Nike’s colors are more saturated. Check out the Chiefs prior to the Nike switchover and check them out now. That Red is RED. Not sure if it is for aesthetics/trends or it’s fabric-related, but the colors prior to the Nike switch were muted. UA, Adidas have also brightened it increased saturation in their fabrics. It’s a good thing. That top photo of Marshall most likely was edited which is why that Kelly looks so bright. By the way, Marshall’s look here is basically perfect.
  3. Rawlings does make unis for the High School and College levels and they actually have a nice quality option. However, MLB just bought Rawlings. I doubt providing unis for the CFL is something that's on their radar. Champion & Starter - Wal-Mart was selling Starter-branded product for awhile, but now the vintage-inspired Starter gear is sold (I think) exclusively on Amazon. Champion has made a similar vintage-inspired resurgence but I doubt either will last long, and they won't be manufacturing uniforms. Champion-branded athletic-wear, as pointed out, is sold at Target. UA could make a play but who knows. If anything, I'd bet on Russell. Augusta Sportswear just partnered with Russell to manufacture uniforms for them again. The CFL would be a solid re-entry into the market. Alleson & Badger merged last year, and they've been rumbling about the uniform business. Alleson manufactures a lot of UA product, including their custom ArmourFuse sublimated line. Siege Sports is a fully-sublimated uniform company that is the official uniform provider of USA Football's U.S. National Team, but I don't know if they could handle the load of the CFL. So yeah, not many options outside of Nike or UA with adidas out of the picture.
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    Pittsburgh Steelers Unveil 1979 Throwback Uniform

    White cleats & basketball shoes for teams have actually gotten really popular again. And yes, in this case, the Steelers should be able to pump out the same exact replica, minus the logo and with block numbers.
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    Pittsburgh Steelers Unveil 1979 Throwback Uniform

    Right on. If they truly want this to be a throwback, they've gotta wear predominantly high white socks (black colorblocking at the top, but only about 25% or less of the sock or tight underneath a white sock) and white shoes. They missed the opportunity to swap out to a grey facemask here, which is a huge miss, but they could at least get the socks/shoes right.
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    NFL 2018 changes

    Has this been confirmed? I hope it's true. Otherwise, not much of a throwback look, although I'll greatly appreciate the block number font. The leaked images say something about the 1979 Steelers, and they wore black facemasks. They switched to black I think in '77, maybe a season or two earlier.
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    NFL 2018 changes

    Talked with some people in the industry yesterday, and the feeling is that Nike is just outsourcing production of their product to Fanatics, rather than Fanatics just slapping a Swoosh on their own much-cheaper product. We're trying to put the pieces together because this could affect us greatly if Nike is downsizing inventory. So, we're speculating. But, I can't see Nike just letting Fanatics put cheap product out there with a Swoosh on it, so I would guess that Fanatics would use the production plant they acquire in Pennsylvania - the Majestic plant that makes all of the MLB unis now - to manufacture either the new MLB unis OR NFL/MLB licensed apparel OR both. With the press release's note about wanting speed to consumer, this makes sense to have the product cut, sewn, and printed state-side. It's what I at least hope happens, for those who have jobs in that plant, and for the local and national economy as a whole. Nike outsources production of headwear, some uniforms, and recently sent all football/baseball gloves to a 3rd party manufacturer as well. It makes sense to let a manufacturer manage the overhead while you run a leaner ledger sheet. I think we'll same the same product, it'll just be produced somewhere else. In the end, this could be a good thing for all.
  8. This is very accurate. UA is hurting right now, which is sad considering their once-promising retail growth. They still do well with kids & women, but the feel I get being in the business is that trend is also starting to fade slightly. Their product in some regards is still fantastic, but their team uniform business is a little suspect. adidas said they would take the money saved from the NBA deal and go buy college sponsorships and athletes, and they did, but they're not getting a ROI from Aaron Rodgers and the schools they flipped from Nike. From a business & marketing angle, every time someone puts on an official Steelers or Celtics product now, it's Nike. Which means they'll probably wanna wear Nike shoes with it. And once they commit to a brand, people typically stick with one as their primary. So, these people buy MORE Nike product when they need socks or shorts or a sweatshirt. At least those who are cognizant about what they wear (not looking at you, people that wear an adidas shirt with UA socks and Nike shoes...at the same time). It's smart business because they are aligning their brand with the #1 leagues in the world, and you get shared quality perception. UA & adidas have been trying but have not been able to gain much if any ground on Nike, from a marketing, business, quality, and brand power perspective. I love the Nike haters, but they're the undisputed #1 in all of these areas. Do they tinker? Yes. Some call that innovation. Some call it business. In reality, it's both. Just because it's not made of wool and doesn't have striped socks, doesn't mean it's not good.
  9. This. Perfectly stated.
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    49ers Throw It Back to the 94ers, Unveil Alternate Uniform

    It certainly works well that way also as it separates those elements. Would love to see them wear these Throwbacks with the ‘94 red striped socks as well...those were part of what made this set great then.
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    49ers Throw It Back to the 94ers, Unveil Alternate Uniform

    If it was three, people would be complaining that the jersey stripes don’t match the pant stripes. I think it’s fine either way. Between the limited space and 3-stripe adidas look, Nike probably convinced them to go with 2 thicker stripes that would show up better and not give their unis a competitor’s trademark look. I prefer the 2-stripe look, even though I was a huge Niners fan as a kid and think their classic look should be mostly untouchable. Sometimes a subtle sleeve stripe update can do wonders for a uniform (see Chiefs, Kansas City).
  12. I sell Nike, New Era, and UA caps, along with Richardson, OC, Pacific, Pukka, many others to my customers. I have several New Era caps on display in my home office because they look great, but I’ll never wear them due to them being uncomfortable. When coaching, Nike’s flexfit hats are the choice of our staff and most of my coaching customers choose them as well. When not coaching, I love ‘47 Brand’s stuff a ton. Point being, if Nike would take over headwear, it wouldn’t be a bad thing, and I’m sure ‘47 Brand could stick around for the licensed lifestyle caps. It would be a big blow to New Era, though.
  13. I know I'm a Nike homer but it's based off of actual experience, and this is a good deal for MLB. I expect them to respect tradition (Yankees, Pirates, Cubs, etc.), improve the identities of teams with bad branding, provide some league-wide themed alternates, and generally improve the fit, feel, and function of the uniform. Their fabrics are much lighter and have a better finish than what Majestic is still using, and what UA sells now also. Still, at the end of it, they'll look better, but I don't think you'll see drastic changes.