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I know it’s a pipe dream, but I really wish they would just go back to the old color scheme. Purple and teal were fantastic

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17 minutes ago, Gothamite said:

 

Sure, but that doesn't mean they aren't accelerating it now.

I think if anything it slowed it down. 300+ for an authentic player jersey was already the norm before fanatics. Them making a cheaper option only encourages the real manufacturers to make their jerseys less expensive to compete even if they still get a cut from licensing.

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16 minutes ago, Gothamite said:

That's not generally how monopolies work, but maybe.

Well I’d say they don’t have a monopoly. Far from it actually.

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So, all the D Backs did was remove the snake pattern webbing (which they had already removed from the pants a few years ago)? 

 

Is there a more useless “update” than this current D Backs branding scheme? They should’ve just kept the original Sedona red and sand look if they were just going to revert right back to an inferior, black based version of that set just a few years later, anyway. 

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I think switching the red and black around would give this set more life, but I won't complain too much. The worst offenders have been dealt with.

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15 minutes ago, dont care said:

Well I’d say they don’t have a monopoly. Far from it actually.

 

Not yet.  But moving in that direction.  One company now runs the official shops of MLB, the NHL, the NBA, the NFL, and MLS.   And that's not all.

 

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Fanatics has also been scooping up the parts needed to build its empire. In 2012, it acquired one of its main rivals, Fansedge; in 2017, it bought Majestic, a sports clothing brand with long ties to the MLB; and late last year Fanatics took a minority stake in hat-retailer Lids. It has also partnered with JCPenney to incorporate its products into hundreds of JCP locations, and recently became the sole provider of licensed sports gear online for Walmart, the US’s largest retailer. Fanatics told Quartz it expects to generate around $2.6 billion in revenue this year, driven by a combination of online and physical-store sales.

 

They still trail some brick-and-mortar like Dick's, but control a surprising amount of online commerce.

 

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(T)he takeover has been swift. At last year’s NHL Stanley Cup awards ceremony, Fanatics produced the clothes the Washington Capitals wore as they lifted the cup, staffed and stocked the team store in the Capitals’ arena, stocked and ran the NHL’s official online store, and ran its own Fanatics retail sites. Just about anywhere you turned to buy Capitals gear after the title win, you would have been giving some percentage of your money to Fanatics.

 

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1 hour ago, LWLLWWW said:

 

I think we can thank Fanatics monopolizing the sports wear retail outlet for the price hikes...

 

Nike's gotta make something back on their investment too...

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3 minutes ago, WSU151 said:

Nike's gotta make something back on their investment too...

 

True.  But Fanatics is going to sell a lot of that Nike merch....

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37 minutes ago, Gothamite said:

 

Not yet.  But moving in that direction.  One company now runs the official shops of MLB, the NHL, the NBA, the NFL, and MLS.   And that's not all.

 

 

They still trail some brick-and-mortar like Dick's, but control a surprising amount of online commerce.

 

 

 

Fanatics owns a lot. Dick's is probably the biggest online competitor. Eastbay/Footlocker used to be huge licensed sellers but have really cut down inventory. Hibbet and Modell's and the like are way smaller licensed sellers but not "the official store" or affiliated with Fanatics. Macy's online sports store used to be run by Lids, but I'm guessing Fanatics is controlling that stock even if it's on an old Lids POS system.

 

There are still a lot of team stores online/brick and mortar resisting the Fanatics takeover. 

 

Fanatics has definitely monopolized the "official store" title for everything, and fans have a tendency to go to official stores. It's a huge competitive advantage if not a monopoly. 

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36 minutes ago, Bucfan56 said:

They should’ve just kept the original Sedona red and sand look if they were just going to revert right back to an inferior, black based version of that set just a few years later, anyway. 

I mean, they didn't expect to have to go backwards. What they did didn't work but it doesn't mean they ever planned to scale back their original concepts.

 

Besides, I would say these are an improvement over the previous 2007-2015 sets anyways. Something was oddly weird about those. These, while "darker," are probably a better look in comparison.

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Is it just me or does the road gray look lighter than the "normal" road gray color? Side by side it's very comparable to the home whites... is it possible they went from the darkest gray to the lightest?

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Also, looks like the weekly Throwback Thursday is now gone... very odd decision there. Maybe they are trying to cut back on the love for it? It's hard to push your newer look when you remind your fanbase of a more popular option every homestand? Out of sight out of mind?

 

 

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Create a market of supply/demand for the throwbacks...dont wear them for some time only to bring them back as a one off soon.

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28 minutes ago, SilverBullet1929 said:

I mean, they didn't expect to have to go backwards. What they did didn't work but it doesn't mean they ever planned to scale back their original concepts.

 

Besides, I would say these are an improvement over the previous 2007-2015 sets anyways. Something was oddly weird about those. These, while "darker," are probably a better look in comparison.

 

Yeah, that 2007-2015 set has always been a bit of a head scratcher to me. The logo updates we’re FANTASTIC, and I even kinda liked the colors quite a bit (even if I do like the original colors better). The fonts weren’t very good, but they weren’t terrible, either. Despite that, that set aged faster and more poorly than any other set I can ever remember. There was just something about using that particular shade of brick red that became so absolutely stale so fast. The whole set was objectively an upgrade from the original look, but it just never really worked for them. 

 

It’s strange. I thought the original move to Sedona red, sand, and black was the right move, and that original set was head and shoulders above the crap they’re wearing now, but I don’t miss that look at all. It was kind of a perfect look for them because it reminded me exactly of Arizona. The problem is, Arizona is flat, boring, hot, and depressing. 

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I am not a fan of the Nike swoosh being on the chest of MLB jerseys now it should be on the left sleeve.  That said, it looks particularly bad on jerseys where there is a single logo on the left chest (the Diamondbacks black alt being an example.)

 

I also remember reading somewhere that the Nike jerseys for 2020 are pretty much the Majestic Flex-Base with the swoosh added.  Is there any truth to that?

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Now that they got rid of dark grey, there is no reason for them to be wearing this uniform set over the set they wore from 2001-2006. 

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1 hour ago, Pizzaman7294 said:

Irrelvant. 

Revenue sharing in baseball.

Not really. The more jerseys fans buy the more profits every team makes, even if each sale is split thirty ways. It's therefore to the advantage of every team to have as many jerseys as possible. ESPECIALLY for a team like the Diamondbacks, who don't have the history and brand a more established team like the Yankees do. The latter can make as much money as possible off of their fanbase with home, road, and bp gear. The Diamondbacks may need six uniforms to get the same traction at the register.

 

Also? Apparel sold at team shops in-stadium or stadium-adjacent are exempt from revenue sharing. So that's extra incentive for the Diamondbacks to sell more product. 

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