New York’s Senior Senator, Chuck Schumer, is angry at one of David Stern’s biggest suppliers for moving jersey production overseas.
Sports apparel maker Adidas plans to end its contract with American suppliers and move production of NBA jerseys to a factory in Thailand. The move could cost about 100 jobs at a factory in upstate New York that makes more than half the uniforms worn by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and other NBA players.
Sen. Chuck Schumer said the switch would blemish over a century of history for the marquee American sport. He is calling on Adidas to reverse its decision and to keep making the uniforms in the USA.
“To do anything else is an insult to the American worker and sports fans everywhere in America,” the New York Democrat said.
Schumer doesn’t seem toÂ grasp the David Stern globalization plan. His goal is to have people in Thailand make the jerseys as children, then be inspired to grow up to be Yao Ming or Yi Jianlin.