Nike, Adidas and Under Armour are the biggest players on the college basketball scene. In recent years, all three have invested vast sums in so-called grass-roots basketball leagues, which exist outside the high school structure.The three companies have their own leagues — Nike’s E.Y.B.L., Nike Air Max 95 Dames Adidas’s Gauntlet, Under Armour Association — each with dozens Nike Roshe Run Womens of teams. The companies shower teams with money, swag and perks. Parents of top prospects are commonly involved with the teams.During summer break, high school players compete in league tournaments that are honey pots for college coaches and recruiters.“That’s where kids get seen,” said Tom Konchalski, the longtime New York City-based scout. “If you’re not on the shoe company circuit, it’s hard to get recruited at the highest level. It’s very difficult.”“You might think it’s unhealthy,” he added, “for the shoe companies to have such influence in the recruiting process — it has sort of replaced high school in spring and summer, and taken power out of the hands of the high school coaches — but that’s the way it goes.”The companies fiercely compete with one another to Adidas ZX 700 Herren have the best 16-year-old prospects playing in their leagues. Nike Air Max Classic BW Dam Two years ago, for instance, Nike auspiciously scheduled an impromptu trip to the Bahamas for the best players in its league at the same time as a celebrated Under Armour tournament in New York City.The nexus of grass-roots teams, colleges and sneaker companies was a significant portion of the criminal complaints. Prosecutors said an agent was recorded discussing how to get a high school player to commit to Louisville, and said the key was to keep money going to the player’s grass-roots basketball coach, who could in turn pass it on to the player’s family. The coach’s team was sponsored by Adidas.Though the company name is redacted in the documents, the coach himself added, “all my kids will be Adidas kids.”
The criminal Adidas Superstar Homme complaints describe rampant under-the-table Nike Air Pegasus 89 Dámské payments that were commonly inspired by a young athlete’s future earning potential. One player agent, in a recorded conversation, urged that an offer to a player be increased because a rival company was “coming in with a higher number,” and an Adidas official discussed masking payments from apparel companies to high school athletes as though it were business as usual.In the Louisville case, prosecutors said $100,000 was to be steered to a teenage player from Adidas. The complaint referred to two unnamed coaches as being involved. It is not known whether Pitino was one of them.It is not out of the question that Pitino will find another college coaching job; he has survived several major scandals in his career.In 2009, he confessed that he had an affair with the wife of the team’s Nike Air Pegasus 89 Mens equipment manager and paid for her to have an abortion. Nike Air Max 90 Womens In 2015, a former director of basketball operations was found to have provided strippers and prostitutes to the Louisville team’s players and recruits in a campus dormitory over several years.But for many in Kentucky, he will remain a coaching legend. Long before winning a title with Louisville, he resurrected Kentucky’s storied program and led the Wildcats to the 1996 national title. That team, regarded as one of the best in college basketball history, wore Converse.The national scope of a federal investigation into two schemes has resulted in charges against 10 men. One scheme involves four assistant college basketball coaches allegedly bribing players to play for certain schools, then signing with certain agents once the players turn pro. In the other scheme, a top Nike Air Vapormax Womens adidas executive, Jim Gatto, is accused of bribing college Nike Air Pegasus 83 Dámské recruits to play for adidas schools. It also has raised the question about the financial association between schools and sportswear companies.
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