Sole Influence: Basketball, Corporate Greed, and the Corruption of America's Youth

Sole Influence: Basketball, Corporate Greed, and the Corruption of America's Youth

by Dan Wetzel, Don Yaeger

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Sole Influence: Basketball, Corporate Greed, and the Corruption of America's Youth 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Biggie More than 1 year ago
The Sole Influence was about how all the endorsement companies are tring to get future NBA stars to wear there stuff, so they can make money of the stuff that the players wear. The most important part of the book was the when nike signed Micheal Jordan and made over 6 billion dollars off of his Air Jordan series. I thought it was a good book to read because it gave the diffeculties of the players and endorsers which i thought was very interestering, especially if you like the NBA superstars that play the game today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sole Influence takes an honest look at what has helped to destroy professional basketball.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To an innocent kid whose family is on a fixed income the idea of traveling and getting free shoes is a great idea. Stories of kids like Jaron Rush and Gerald Wallace fill the pages of this book. This book provides the truth. These examples of bribery and ownership of a kid, as ugly as they may be, are true. Summer basketball is a deceitful business, which is acurately described in the ugly but true story of talented amateur athletes. As a player who has experienced the involvement of shoe companies, I feel that Sole Influence by Dan Wetzel and Don Yaeger gives an accurate description of summer basketball. I have played AAU basketball for the last seven years and I can tell that the lies and bribery have gottten worse since I started playing. When I played for the AAU organization Spiece, Spiece was sponsored by Converse, but today Nike sponsors them. I have been given the free shoes to wear and been told to wear our Converse Spiece shirts whenever we warm-up. Our coach would say, 'Wear you shirts. You go those shirts to show people that Converse is our sponsor.' Unfortunately I was not good enough to be pursued by Nike or Aididas representatives, but I know others who have been. I know of a Class of 2000 Big Ten recruit who came home from the Five-Star Camp with more moneyin his pocket than he has ever had. This story is similiar to the numerous examples of bribery by shoe companies found in the pages of this book.