Saturday, December 5, 2009

Anti-Free Trade Hypocrisy and the NBA

Here's Boudreaux on anti-free trade hypocrisy:

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is upset that Adidas will shift its manufacturing of National Basketball Association jerseys from New York to Thailand, and he menacingly calls upon the N.B.A. to terminate its contract with Adidas ...

I don’t know Mr. Schumer personally, but I’ll bet my pension that his everyday consumption consists of countless products containing such large quantities of non-American inputs and labor that, were Mr. Schumer to rid his existence of these foreign contributions to his living standard, he would soon find himself dark-ages ignorant and appallingly impoverished.

We all probably know that the NBA is a successful brand worldwide. I remember how some friends in Brazil loved to watch NBA games and buy NBA gear. As explained in this Forbes article:

The NBA’s China operation is no small business. It runs one of the largest marketing machines in the region, currently hosting more than 170 special events in 112 cities in greater China, top among them the NBA China Games 2007. It also boasts deep TV penetration rates and maintains marketing partnerships with 20 of the world’s leading brands, as well as sells its memorabilia to Chinese fans in more than 50,000 locations.

I would like to see anti-free trade activists supporting a worldwide ban on anything NBA related, and supporting a US ban on anything related to the Soccer World Cup. They should be prepared however to deal with some pretty angry folks out there if they would have the courage to put their money where their mouth is...

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