A Bad Week For The Sportswear Manufacturers

It never rains but pours for the SFA and the SPL. Having lost a considerable amount of money after the collapse of Setanta Sports earlier this summer, they now stand to lose out again after the collapse of the Italian sportswear company Diadora, who collapsed earlier this week with the loss of all of their UK staff. Diadora were almost at the end of a contract with the SFA to provide the kit for the Scottish national team and had only released a new change kit earlier this year. The good news for the SFA is that they may only lose around £1m because of this. There was also bad news for the Scottish Rugby Union after the collapse of the European arm of the New Zealand based sportswear firm Canterbury Clothing (CCC). CCC provided the kit for the Scottish national rugby team, but their loss has wider implications for sport in Britain and Ireland. Amongst their other clients were the current Heineken Cup holders Leinster, London Wasps and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, but their biggest football clients were Premier League, and it has been suggested that over-expansion in the direction of football has been one of the major factors in their demise. Portsmouth signed up with CCC in 2007, and in 2008 controversially changed the colours of the club’s kit from their traditional blue, white and red to...

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