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Post by PilotNut on Fri Aug 01, 2008 11:50 am

*I find this topic worthy of its own thread, so I have seperated it from the web site thread *

I could get to the main page, but the links werent working... so I guess I wont worry for a while.

[soapbox] There wasn't a link (yet) to purchase UP merchandise, and I know that they are changing how they sell that stuff, so hopefully in the process they will get some more (and better) variety... something other then just the new "Portland Pilots" text/logo centered on the front.

I have been very disappointed with the merchandise so far with the new logo... [/soapbox]


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Re: UP Merchandise (and lack thereof)

Post by aleppiek on Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:00 pm

totally agreed PilotNut, what I wouldn't give for a University sanctioned "soccer scarf" and a larger variety of sweatshirts!

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Re: UP Merchandise (and lack thereof)

Post by PilotNut on Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:33 pm

I think *every* T-shirt available with the new logo is just a variation in color of the print and name of the sport below, like this one:


I see that the bookstore website has 1 alternate option right now:


I dont understand the marketing strategy... If you roll out a new log, it seems to me you would want to "flood the market" with new options, variety, etc... capitalize on the excitement and "newness" by selling a bunch of clothing, etc... The selection really isnt any better than the atrocious (and quite frankly embarrasing) stuff available for the past 10 years or so. confused

Nike was heavily involved in the development of the new logo... and they make some GREAT stuff for other schools... I cant believe they are real happy with this lack of variety/interest, either...?? confused

Oh, and I dont understand why they dont sell replica soccer jerseys, either... scratch

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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:30 pm

Or fitted baseball caps. No, a "flexfit" does not equal fitted (I'm just weird about the caps I buy). I know Gonzaga gets cool Nike stuff partly because they are popular (with the bandwagon jumpers Wink ) but it would be nice to see some of the things Nike makes for other college teams. I would love a shirt like this with the Pilot logo:
http://uoduckstore.com/spiritduck/details.cfm?id=4108&section=68
Or something like this with the new lettering, which I really like:
http://uoduckstore.com/spiritduck/details.cfm?id=3885&section=108

Just a guess, maybe gear like this costs athletics more, and they don't/can't spend the money.

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Post by PilotNut on Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:41 pm

Exactly my point on all three examples, PPT. Especially that first polo shirt... I know some of the UP coaches have that shirt... but it is not available to everyone else.

As far as money... no way. Merchandise is a big money maker for schools (or is supposed to be, anyway)... But you have to have a palatable product to sell and license to others to sell.

I really dont get it, and this has always been a hot button with me. It's Marketing 101 stuff here, not rocket science.

I see all the really cool stuff other schools sell, and never see similar UP stuff. I guess there is hope that with a new school year there will be new merchandise...

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Re: UP Merchandise (and lack thereof)

Post by Rochin54 on Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:05 am

Alright - so I have seen the athletics polos around a few places - even on people in South Bend!! It's obvious that some people have access to them. Has anyone been to the Chiles Center to see if they are available for purchase from the athletic department. If I remember correctly, they have a small shop in there.

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Post by DaTruRochin on Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:50 am

My kingdom for a pair of replica b-ball shorts.... I mean I have a pair of game worn ones (actually I'm wearing them right now... HA) But seriously...

And I second the soccer scarf notion, that one just seems like a no-brainer, unless nike raises a fit about it or something, how awesome would Merlo look with everyone showing their scarves during introductions, it would just up the ante on an already electric environment... I know Tricia M. was pissed when a bunch of people started showing up with the underground scarves, one would think they would hop on that bandwagon and make some cash out of it...

And as my compadre 54 said, the shop at CC might have stuff, but they have never been good at all about updating the online selection...

P.S. 54... if you steal one of those polos and give me photographic evidence I will ship you a case of beer.... Just saying...

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Post by aleppiek on Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:36 am

I for the life of me cannot comprehend why the UP Athletics staff has not embraced the Soccer Scarfs. I mean they ARE soccer culture. I don't understand Tricia being upset with people buying a product that the UP doesn't even offer. Now pardon me while I step down off of this Soap Box.


NOTE TO UP SPORTS MARKETING WE WANT UP BRANDED SOCCER SCARFS, IF YOU DO NOT OFFER THEM, WE WILL GET THEM ELSEWHERE... THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!

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Re: UP Merchandise (and lack thereof)

Post by PilotNut on Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:48 am

I stopped by the bookstore last week, and I have to say that they are making some progress... the apparel was better, the "other" stuff (bumper stickers, blankets, etc) were much improved. The girl working there said that they had a bunch of new t-shirts & shirts for this year, but they hadnt put them out yet, due to a lack of space during the current textbook madness/start of semester rush... but she thought that they would be out in time for the first game (and at the game).

I was told that the athletics department and the book store are combining their operations for merchandise... I think this will end up being a good thing. I assume that the athletics web site, and the "Pilot Store" in CC and Merlo Field will just have some of the stuff from the bookstore (but possibly different things not available in the Pilot House... I was also told there should be more Nike apparel this fall). I look forward to seeing what they have come up with to sell this year. I hope they both can get someone with the appropriate design & marketing skills to (finally) sell some decent stuff. (Like replica shorts, replica soccer jerseys, scarves, the polos, cool t-shirts... like almost every other school seems to have....)

The Athletic Department is well aware of the scarves situation... I hope they can get an option out there soon (before the end of the season?!)

Has anyone been to the book store in the past couple days?

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Post by DaTruRochin on Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:04 am

Yeah, I think it surprised them... Its kind of a niche thing with football that, unless you are a big fan, don't realize the significance... And with most American marketing based around the big 3 sports, the scarves are most definitely foreign... But again in football I recall last EPL season Alex Ferguson pleading to ManU supporters "Wear your colors, bring your scarves" They did, and Man U had a dream season... but thats a different story...

My point being I hope the delay on scarves is something to do with Nike being stupid rather than the University not capitalizing on a great marketing ploy...

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Post by Stonehouse on Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:12 am

Well, the real problem is that because the logo and wordmark are Trademarked, you need to be a licensed vendor to be able to use it. Hence the problem with someone (as well intentioned as it may have been) using the logo and making a profit off of it. I think at this point the only places available to buy UP gear are the bookstore and Nike and big chain stores that probably never carry UP stuff anyway. One of the reasons they went through the whole logo change was to get that control, and I think maybe that is still being felt out.

Also, I wonder if part of the frustration is that the market for stuff likely isn't huge, so it might be tough to get Nike to really invest a lot of time designing and creating apparel for UP. I don't know though - I may be totally making that up.

The way I look at it... the bookstore needs to step up and get better stuff. It's not really on the athletic department. But all they really have are the same-old same-old T-shirts and sweatshirts. The best thing they had last year were those soccer track jackets, and those things sold like wildfire. You'd hope they would realize that some better designed stuff would equate to better sales.

Honestly, all I really want is a white-and-purple ringer T-shirt with the logo in the middle; a track jacket that DOESN'T have the gold; and a gray zip-up hoodie with a purple Portland Pilots on it.

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Re: UP Merchandise (and lack thereof)

Post by DaTruRochin on Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:40 am

That gold tertiary color still boggles my mind.... Silver I would understand, but gold??

All I want a shirt on it that says "Merlo Field" on the front...
I second the hoodie
Some Basketball shorts
My two front teeth
And a retro shirt with old school wally on it... (but THAT will never happen)

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Post by PilotNut on Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:40 am

Amen, Stonehouse. Exclamation

There is little demand for the apparel because the supply (lack of selection and boring & bad designs) has been attrocious... but how can you build any demand, when the supply is so bad?!

Notre Dame has ma$tered the merchandi$ing gig. I cant believe some of that knowledge hasnt trickled over to UP...

This is Marketing 101, not rocket science, and I just dont get it. The University is leaving so much money on the table! ! !

Maybe the bookstore (and/or Athletic Department) could enlist the help of someone in the Business School...?!

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Re: UP Merchandise (and lack thereof)

Post by KFTC on Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:02 pm

adidas never had a problem providing...I'm just saying.



And I still have the black cowbell adidas handed out before one of the games (adidas logo on one side, Pilot wheel on the other). And all those were giveaways: first 1000 fans through the gate, etc. Remember when those inflatable rocket-looking noisemakers were popular? adidas ponied up for those and I still have some of those floating around in a storage bin somewhere...

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Re: UP Merchandise (and lack thereof)

Post by Stonehouse on Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:06 pm

Nice! I still have one of those scarves too, KFTC!

As for the Gold... it actually was the first color of the school waaaaaaay back in the day. I think the idea was to harken back to that and since purple has always been the "royal" color it makes sense to compliment it with gold trim. And actually, I think the women's soccer jerseys with the gold looked really sharp last year.

But all in all I agree... I really only like it in very small doses. But the bookstore went hogwild with the gold and splashed it on everything. Our colors are still purple and white - the gold is just meant to be used as an accent color on jerseys and letterhead and stuff like that.

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Post by aleppiek on Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:13 pm

Thanks KFTC for inciting this insatiable jealousy in me...

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Post by KFTC on Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:21 pm

any time, aleppiuk.

I have no problem wearing adidas-branding Pilot gear to Merlo. It's Nike's own fault for not putting something out there immediately after the new logo was created. It should've happened, no question, in the first few games of the season to get the new logo out and help with the re-branding. Now, I don't know if I'll get a new scarf, if and when they come out, because I kind of like my retro-ones...

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Re: UP Merchandise (and lack thereof)

Post by aleppiek on Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:23 pm

I think that mass scarf wearing would add so much to the ambiance...

Nice to see you back in here KFTC btw... been away from the boards for a while?

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Post by KFTC on Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:27 pm

yeah, i've had a busy summer. not much time to mess around on the internet. now, i have WAY too much time to do so...not sure if that's a good or bad thing yet. Wink

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Post by DaTruRochin on Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:33 pm



OK picture this with purple and white.... it would be amazing...

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Post by aleppiek on Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:35 pm

That is what I am talking about... that would be so Awesome, or Scarves that Said Portland on one side and Pilots on the other in solid purple. Regardless what they look like... we need them.

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Post by DaTruRochin on Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:40 pm

I would prefer the words too personally, they gave away scarves to visiting City that day too to commemorate the Munich air disaster anniversary... Here's another shot....

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Post by ninjapizza on Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:51 pm

Somebody tell whoever's in charge to hurry. I'd love to rock some official gear when I make the trek up to the Rutgers and Penn State games. It'll be my first time seeing the Pilots in person. Embarassed

I'm a dork.

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Post by aleppiek on Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:58 pm

First time to see the Pilots in person? Wow, that should be awesome, and you should NOT be disappointed.

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Post by DaTruRochin on Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:59 pm

Haha yeah, as long as you find something... anything purple, its all you need!!!

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