Olympics: "You're not allowed to wear that logo sir."

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by srobert, Aug 12, 2004.

  1. srobert macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2002
    —> Click me to read whole article <—

    Some extracts:

    Has it always been like this?

    Well, at least they might "accidently" find a bomb while searching attendees for unwelcomed brands.
  2. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    That's just sad, though. That the games have become a political target, a terrorist target and now an economic target that requires policing.

    And whats to stop ambush marketing from happening anyway? Where your shirt inside out and then put it back again once in your seat?

    Stupid, stupid, stupid....

  3. friarbayliff macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2004
    MN / IN
    In all fairness, companies do play dirty tricks like ambush marketing. They'll send people or items into public places with the hopes that their logo will be seen by masses of people without having to pay any advertisement fees. This isn't really fair to the legitimate advertisers who put millions of dollars into advertising their products. Unfortunately, the side product is the inconvenience to the public.

    And yes, the Olympic Games are highly-commercialized - but that's the only way the get hosted in the first place - for the economic gain tied to having the entire world seeing images of your product.
  4. Mantat macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2003
    Montréal (Canada)
    Actualy, up to the olympics of Calgary (Canada), advertisement and sponsorship was much less present and the games survived.

    Personnaly, I think the olympic ideal is long lost. Every athlete is so specialized that the general public cant relate to them. So to correct this, a new decathlon should be created that would mixt:
    - 100m sprint
    - 42.2km marathon
    - weight lifting
    - boxing
    - javelin
    - rowing
    - cycling
    - swiming
    - jumping
    - random sport

    The winner to this would be a true athlete, able to perform in a broad range of sports and would deserve a crap load of respect.

    Of course, I am kiding but still I have way more respects for the greek athletes who didnt perform for money but only for a crown of laurel (sp?) and a sculpture of themselves for posterity.

    Remove all the money from the sport and we might be able to get back that feeling...
  5. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    wow... thats *really* bizzare... i've never heard of anything like that before in previous years... definitely lame...
  6. Don't panic macrumors 603

    Don't panic

    Jan 30, 2004
    having a drink at Milliways
    I would like your new decathlon with the exception of boxing (both philosophically -i don't like sports whose declared aim is to hurt your opponent- and technically -how is a beat-up athlete going to perform in the next event?-). I would substitute wrestling.

    I agree that the sponsors presence should be less invasive, but i'm not positive it was very different before. I think a turning point was Los Angeles, when the Games went "private" and basically they sold out to big corporations.
    I can see the need to prevent blatant ambush advertising, but one thing is an organized gag, an entirely different thing is the average spectator being dictated what to wear. It's ridicoulous (and I don't know the laws in greece, but is it even legal?).
    It's not that they give out the tickets for free.

    As far as the ancient greek athletes, far from competing for a crown of laurel, they were among the richest people of their days and made extensive use of performance-enhancing techniques.

    Just like today.
  7. srobert thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2002
    On a humorous note, I'm not sure athletes would escape completely uninjured from traditional Greco-Roman wrestling. I once saw a statue depicting to naked Greek wrestlers and one of the guys was grabbing his adversary buy the... wee-wee. Ouchy. Wanna know where I saw that statue? I think it was for sale in an ad in Astronomy magazine... go figure.


    Edit: Ouchie... looks like greek wrestling was more intense than I thought:

    This quote came from this site about olympic greek wrestling.
  8. belair macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2004
    doping worse than marketing

    I like sports.I even like watching sports on TV.
    But lately I just find it harder to enjoy it. Knowing about all the doping issues.
    Doping has been around for a very long time but today we know more about it.

    Everytime I see an athlete win a 100 meter sprint. I ask myself. Yeah but could he have done it without his personnal doctor?

    For me that is the ultimate olympic games spoiler.

    Do you remember those RDA (old east german) women swimming athletes. Some of them were really good at the time. But some of them turned to men after the games. :eek:
    I am not joking. Some of them underwent such heavy hormone treatments that they ended up with manly voices and beard growth.
    That's just wrong.

    The advertising is bad but athletes putting their live on the line is worse.
  9. srobert thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2002
    You're absolutly right. But I think everybody aprove of stricter, more thorough screening for drugs... but I don't aprove of stricter, more thorough logo censorship. :)

    P.S.: I usually don't wear clothes depicting corporate logos. I feel I should receive a discount for giving them free publicity and not the opposite. But that is another topic. :D
  10. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    One year, during the ancient games, a wrestler took home the prize by breaking all his opponents fingers in every match he competed in. They couldn't grab at him with 10 broken fingers :D

    Needless to say, the ancients changed the rules the next time around that breaking fingers was not allowed.

  11. superfunkomatic macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2003
    calgary, ab canada
    this is completely ridiculous.
    can't people have any choices without being told what to do by gov't or big corporations. soon you won't be allowed near a lot of the buildings in times square new york without wearing at least one piece of disney clothing, or mickey mouse ears. any clothing depicting other cartoon or movie characters is strictly forbidden.
    i've seen very few features on american or canadian tv about athletes but lots about commercialism and of course terrorism and security for the games.
  12. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    I can see it now - Levi's and Fruit-of-the Loom sponsor the Olympics and somebody shows up in their Lees Dungarees.

    "Um, sorry sir, but you're going to have to remove your pants."

    "Okay, but I'm wearing Hanes underneath..."
  13. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Yeah, just look at the Today Show crowd on any morning.
  14. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020


    I'd rather be told what to do by a government than be manipulated into something by a corporation (which is the idea of advertising). If you think you're wearing that shirt with the Nike or Coca Cola logo on it by choice, then the marketers have done their job.

    Of course, this very type of manipulation is what Apple excels at... - j
  15. ejb190 macrumors 65816


    Did anyone see the Brickyard 400 last week? Gordon won, but stopped his car at the finish line and never did get to victory lane. I guess there has a lot of problems with Coke sponsored drivers refusing to be seen with Gatorade products (a race sponsor) in Victory Lane. I heard NASCAR was considering fining the team for that stunt.

    Corportate sponsorship - the cola wars of the 80's are back!

  16. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    The good news is that they'll probably have these logo scofflaws in jail faster than any properly attired terrorist that happens to walk by. :eek:

    The logo police, what a concept. :rolleyes:
  17. Loge macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2004
    "We have to protect official sponsors who have paid millions to make the Olympics happen"

    Right, they never happened before then. And those ancient Olympics were obviously just myths.
  18. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    thats insane. as long as the clothes arent lewd or depict violence or racist/biggoted sentiments then they should be allowed in; i mean its such an inconvenience to change or wear it inside out just because you are wearing a non approved company shirt
  19. job macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2002
    in transit
    Well, if you don't want the corporate sponsorship, then have fun running the 100 meters barefoot (or in homemade leather sandals.)

    I'm sure you'll set a world record...

    Note: I have run a 2:10 half-mile barefoot on a modern (read: 2 year old) track before. I could not feel my feet for the rest of the day.
  20. broken_keyboard macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    Secret Moon base
    I think people can tell the difference between some fat hairy Greek in the crowd with an old Pepsi t-shirt vs. an official sponsers logo on a real athletes shiny uniform. People won't mistake it as an official endorsement.
  21. JeffTL macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2003
    What if you bring your Mac laptop...with the light-up Apple logo? Do they refuse admission? :p
  22. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Well, I would hope so then. Not because of sponsor issues, but because you'd be the kind of stupid ****wit that would bring a laptop to a sporting event. (Journalists are, or course, exempt from that :D)
  23. Loge macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2004
    Seems ironic that some of the sponsors are selling the kind of food that would pretty much guarantee you'd never be fit enough to compete in the Olympics anyway.
  24. njmac macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    I hate wearing logo clothing anyway (unless 'course its from apple) ;)
  25. dubbz macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2003
    Alta, Norway
    Boxing could be the last event... Last man/woman standing is the winner ;)

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