Darren Rovell Says Nike is Not Meeting Demand for Retro Dream Team Apparel

Sports business analyst Darren Rovell, who recently left CNBC for ESPN, joined Colin Cowherd’s radio show today to talk about the US Men’s Olympic Basketball team, Jeremy Lin, and Carmelo Anthony.

At the beginning, Cowherd asked Rovell to compare the marketability of the 1992 Dream Team to this year’s squad:

Cowherd: We all acknowledge that the Dream Team was better on the court [than this year’s team]. Is this team comparable to the Dream Team in marketing? Was that team far more popular than this team?

Rovell: If you break it down, it’s obviously a different era in time but, yeah, I would definitely say that this team is not as marketable as that team. But, then again, sports marketing has come a long way…I think that the Dream Team as a marketing vehicle–it’s not even close. And the crazy thing is, by the way, everyone’s asking Nike, “Where are all the retro Dream Team things that I want to buy?”

I think it’s one of the first times ever where Nike has not met demand for something.

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Barack and Michelle Obama on Kiss Cam at USA-Brazil

President Obama attended tonight’s USA-Brazil exhibition tonight with his wife, Michelle, and got put on Kiss Cam:

Ultimately, Michelle seemed put off by the idea and the crowd didn’t really pressure them enough to do it.

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Why Team USA Basketball Should Consider Greg Stiemsma (Seriously)

Let me preface this column by saying that as a fellow Wisconsin Badger I am absolutely biased on the subject. I hadn’t thought much about Stiemsma for three years but was delighted when he surfaced in Boston this year, had six blocks in his debut, and got compared to Bill Russell by the inimitable Celtics homer announcer Tommy Heinsohn after playing just five games.

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