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Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:43 am

The NCAA today announced that the Official ball for tournament play starting in 2009 is now a ball made by Wilson.

Press release

This will no doubt alter the face of soccer forever.

Um, anybody recall who the last ball sponsor was?

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Post by DaTruRochin on Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:13 pm

I think it might have been Brine.... Haha if Brine and Wilson are winning the bids for sponsorship, methinks the big companies didn't even make offers...

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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:17 pm

It was a Brine. I thought they made lacrosse stuff too.

First the NHL is outfitted by Reebok, and now this. The end times are coming...

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Post by DaTruRochin on Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:37 pm

Well I guess you can't really expect Nike or adidas to really want to this sponsorship... They do provide the balls for every major league in Europe, not to mention the World Cup and Olympics....

And it's not like being the official ball of the NCAA really sells that many balls for soccer...

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Post by onetouchfutbol on Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:14 pm

Huh. Yeah, Adidas sponsors the MLS balls. As long as it's a high quality leather ball that's fun to play with; it doesn't matter too much. I alway kind of liked the Umbro balls myself...

Anything is better than the rubber black and white speckled ball that kids play with on the pavement at the Catholic schools.

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Post by DaTruRochin on Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:29 pm

athleticjames wrote:
Anything is better than the rubber black and white speckled ball that kids play with on the pavement at the Catholic schools.

I think I got sent to the principals office 3-4 times for kicking the ball "too hard" and nailing kids in the head back in the day... Oh the memories of the soccer cage growing up...

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Post by purple haze on Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:04 pm

Check out the WPS official ball at http://www.womensprosoccer.com/. It's a Puma.

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Post by FSUfan on Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:00 pm

The only soccer ball I ever played with was the black and white rubber one on the schoolyard as a kid, only I was throwing it during dodge ball. Duck!

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Re: Earth Shattering News

Post by DaTruRochin on Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:06 pm

Interesting... I remember hearing the WPS approached adidas and Nike to be the official outfitter supplier/outfitter, but neither saw it as a sound venture... I'm glad they at least went with an established soccer brand instead of Under Armour...

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Post by Auto Pilot on Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:28 pm

This is what we can expect I guess. If you are on a desert island and really really need a friend. Wilson is there.

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Post by DaTruRochin on Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:29 pm

As long as they hold air, and don't get waterlogged, a ball is a ball (but the high end soccer balls from Nike and Adidas are noticeably better from personal experience).... As long as the ball doesn't perform like the following it will be OK....

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