JR wrote:If there is financial backing from outside the sport it would be the second long term (fingers crossed) outside support into disc golf after Vibram that eventually came into the sport from outside the sport. Exciting times and i'm looking forward to what happens around this bunch of people.
Leopard wrote:> Multi millions from outside the industry = you gotta be selling higher-margin items than just frisbees
JR wrote:AJ has been sponsored by Keen for a couple of years already and so have some other top pros.
Leopard wrote:JR wrote:AJ has been sponsored by Keen for a couple of years already and so have some other top pros.
It's significant that, while the Team has existed for 3+ years, they are just in the last few weeks starting a social media presence. (btw I'm wearing Keen shoes direct from a Team guy's sponsorship... well aware of the existing Team )
I looked into Merrell too, because if it IS Merrell then I'd expect some counter-fortification by Keen, and I could be mistaking that shoring up against Merrell as signs pointing to Keen.
Case for/against Merrell:
Wolfe has endorsed Merrell in the past, and Merrell/Vibram already work together. Merrell's relatively lower exposure in sponsorship could be the catalyst for starting a new DG wing. However they haven't been telegraphing it over the last few years like Keen. I don't get the impression that Vibram production is such that they'd take on a sub-brand right now, and even in a DGA/DC relationship this big Merrell team would be in competition with Vibram's recruiting and retention. The Keen social pages are fishy and a half. I'm not discounting any Prodigy theories, but I'm not seeing any legs on Prodigy besides discspeed's hint -- and our Wolfe connection is very circumstantial (I mean, stumble across any of the dozen+ DG domains I own?). Keen looks all kinds of suspicious though. If these marketing pros are way on top of their shit, then Keen is less concerned with secrecy and Merrell/Prodigy has achieved killer secrecy.
Also I did a bunch of searching on the Prodigy spelling "ProDG". Interestingly, there is a DGCR user prodg with no posts or activity, registered 6/23/12. That's about the extent of any findings on prodg. And whatever Deity Discs might be, they registered a domain around the middle of the year. Apparently that's NOT a Dynamic-related thing, as I half expected the DD line of plastic to be named some different D's.
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