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UK Olympic Athletes Told Not to Wear Beats Headphones

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August 4, 2012 1:13:47 PM

You gotta be kidding me. So people can't wear the head phone of their choice while just walking around or warming up. That's complete bullshit. If there is some "official headphone sponsor" then they better make sure every competitor had a brand new set if headphones from their company of STFU.
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August 4, 2012 1:15:17 PM

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For those interested, the consequences of violating Rule 40 include disqualification from the Games.


I always thought the Olympics were to see who are the best athletes in the world, not who is the richest corporation. Why should athletes be disqualified for preferring one brand over another?
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August 4, 2012 1:21:55 PM

Here's a better question: Why don't the athletes just put a white sticker over the beats logo and call it a day?
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August 4, 2012 1:23:28 PM

Conflict of interest or bribed? That is the question......

Oh! Found twenty bucks under the table :D 
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August 4, 2012 1:36:30 PM

I don't give a rats ass whose funding them. If you want to put your log on the uniforms while the events are going on then fine, if you want to have your brand on the tv ads thats fine, if you want to have only your brand shown in the photo ops thats fine too. Telling me what I can use/wear on my own time is NOT fine.
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August 4, 2012 1:49:06 PM

Wow I wonder if this was done by MSNBC or if it was the Olympic Committee.

I am not sure whats worse the US "Gold Metal Tax" where they Tax any American who wins gold 236 dollars.

Are this where there Telling participants if you don't support our sponsors goods your DQ.
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August 4, 2012 1:50:07 PM



tical2399I don't give a rats ass whose funding them. If you want to put your log on the uniforms while the events are going on then fine, if you want to have your brand on the tv ads thats fine, if you want to have only your brand shown in the photo ops thats fine too. Telling me what I can use/wear on my own time is NOT fine.


Damn, man, are you a competing Olympic athlete? The thing is, during the games, they're representing their team, their country, on or off the court, field, etc. and all eyes are on them, so of course they can't promote competing brands (when you have celebrity status and you wear it, you're technically promoting it). Personally, I don't see the big deal in wearing branded headphones, but these world class athletes have a lot to lose, so I'm guessing none of them will get as upset by it as you seem to be. Relax, dude. You can still wear your own Beats all day if you like.
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August 4, 2012 1:55:40 PM

It's a logo issue just put two pieces of tape and be done with it no big deal.
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August 4, 2012 1:56:02 PM

i like the Olympics then when only amateurs competed and were given a chance to show their potentials and become future top professionals.
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Anonymous
August 4, 2012 1:58:01 PM

Im all for not wearing beats, but this is ridiculous
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Anonymous
August 4, 2012 2:02:39 PM

I wonder if they would disqualify someone like bolt for using beats or would they be to scared of bad pr
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August 4, 2012 2:09:48 PM

I can see this: "So golden medal goes for .. wait .. he has been spotted yesterday breaking rule 40 .. dissqualified!"
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August 4, 2012 2:27:37 PM

In all honesty, when the athletes come to the stadium / etc. they are at their work place, doing their job; promoting stuff. It is reasonable to expect them to promote the one who funds them.
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August 4, 2012 2:57:19 PM

Are the medals also sponsored and has embossed imprints:

"GM Presents GOLD MEDAL to ________, Like a Rock!",
"GM Presents SILVER MEDAL to _________, Reality Sucks!",
"GM Presents BRONZE MEDAL to ________, Excellence for Everyone!"
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Anonymous
August 4, 2012 3:01:06 PM

in my personal opinion, this olympic games is the most underwhelming and messed up games from the recent years. whoever planned it had all the wrong intentions for an olympic games.
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August 4, 2012 3:17:58 PM

This is a good thing, BEATS FRIKKEN SUCK!!!!

I tried on the $300+ demos in the store and they are just really really bad. Crap sound and super uncomfortable. The turtle beach $50 gaming headsets were much better in sound, comfort and way cheaper.
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August 4, 2012 3:30:06 PM

Beats = Monster overpriced. Beats are the Bose of headphones, too expensive for the crap sound they produce.
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August 4, 2012 3:30:35 PM

hastenCry me a river. Who do you think is help funding these Olympic programs?Now they won't be quite as cool among the tweeners without their overpriced, overhyped, POS monstrosities called Beats headphones. Beats are like the new Bose. A mediocre product marketed extremely well directly to uneducated consumers and given a premium price tag. E


Olympic tickets cost an arm and a leg, they already make a nice amount from news networks broadcasting the event, and they have a lot of sponsors. Funding problems? Charge more for everything.
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August 4, 2012 3:53:42 PM

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British Olympic Association spokesperson Darryl Siebel has said officials reminded team leaders of "the importance of protecting our nazi partners."
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August 4, 2012 3:57:07 PM

HotRoderxWow I wonder if this was done by MSNBC or if it was the Olympic Committee.I am not sure whats worse the US "Gold Metal Tax" where they Tax any American who wins gold 236 dollars. Are this where there Telling participants if you don't support our sponsors goods your DQ.


the "gold medal tax" is on the 25,000 dollars they receive for winning a gold medal.........it should be 31% btw not some nominal pittance like 236 bucks.........the rich just keep getting richer lol
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August 4, 2012 3:58:52 PM

Enjoy your "freedom", brits.
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August 4, 2012 4:08:54 PM

yeah...what a fail. Sad for Britain.
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August 4, 2012 4:23:18 PM

humphreybotthe "gold medal tax" is on the 25,000 dollars they receive for winning a gold medal.........it should be 31% btw not some nominal pittance like 236 bucks.........the rich just keep getting richer lol


The Fair tax would be nice.
What's wrong with the rich getting richer? Who makes jobs? Yeah there are "poor" people who start business(there for creating jobs), but for the most part it is the "rich", that expand their business. Which in turn helps the "poor" people get a job get rich.

I realize this is not a perfect world so my statement above is not going to happen every time. But do you get my point?

Proverbs 12:11 ESV
Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
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Anonymous
August 4, 2012 4:47:16 PM

So... now I see... olympics is not about sports any more... its a business of selling advertisements. Well in this case they should have provide a free pair of headphones to the olympians then..
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August 4, 2012 4:49:12 PM

"Several athletes competing for the UK have been spotted wearing the patriotic headphones prior to competing."

So basically, it's more important to wear headphones that showcase your business partner from across the globe than it is to show your country pride.
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August 4, 2012 4:53:19 PM

JBB-SaDoThe Fair tax would be nice.What's wrong with the rich getting richer? Who makes jobs? Yeah there are "poor" people who start business(there for creating jobs), but for the most part it is the "rich", that expand their business. Which in turn helps the "poor" people get a job get rich. I realize this is not a perfect world so my statement above is not going to happen every time. But do you get my point? Proverbs 12:11 ESV Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.




Guess you missed the history class about serfdom and the monopoly barons.
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August 4, 2012 5:20:47 PM

PennanenEnjoy your "freedom", brits.

Wow. Have you not seen people who are sponsored? They get free stuff from their sponsors all the time. It happens to sponsored people on the internet (e.g. big YT'ers for example). This has nothing to do with the country, it's purely a sponsor thing and it's likely that it's in a contract.

JBB-SaDoThe Fair tax would be nice.What's wrong with the rich getting richer? Who makes jobs? Yeah there are "poor" people who start business(there for creating jobs), but for the most part it is the "rich", that expand their business. Which in turn helps the "poor" people get a job get rich. I realize this is not a perfect world so my statement above is not going to happen every time. But do you get my point? Proverbs 12:11 ESV Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.


Because history has shown it's proven to work right?
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August 4, 2012 5:33:44 PM

Dres are shit anyway XD
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August 4, 2012 5:35:04 PM

blubbeyWow. Have you not seen people who are sponsored? They get free stuff from their sponsors all the time. It happens to sponsored people on the internet (e.g. big YT'ers for example). This has nothing to do with the country, it's purely a sponsor thing and it's likely that it's in a contract.Because history has shown it's proven to work right?

When you look at all the rules and restrictions that the olympics have set, it makes you wonder if this is europe or north korea.
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August 4, 2012 5:36:24 PM

I worked at the Games before and the amount of advertising banning is ridiculous. They were even taping over the logo on the towel dispenser. Meanwhile, I haven't seen anything advertised at the Games that makes me want to buy it . . in fact, I see the same commercials so many times, often interrupting a game that I'm sometimes LESS likely to buy it now because I've now associated the brand with the feeling of irritation. Conventional marketing is so backwards.

And can someone explain to me "Olympics Edition" mascara? How does that work?
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August 4, 2012 8:20:00 PM

I think some of the problem is that these are NOT the athlete's sponsors, they get nothing from these huge corporations and end up working at Tim Hortons or Home Hardware to support their career. I think they deserve a little dignity they are supposed to be the elite.

Let them Earn
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August 4, 2012 8:34:29 PM

JBB-SaDoThe Fair tax would be nice.What's wrong with the rich getting richer? Who makes jobs? Yeah there are "poor" people who start business(there for creating jobs), but for the most part it is the "rich", that expand their business. Which in turn helps the "poor" people get a job get rich. I realize this is not a perfect world so my statement above is not going to happen every time. But do you get my point? Proverbs 12:11 ESV Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

The "Fair" tax is anything but fair. The rich don't make jobs. Having a large percentage of the population able to buy goods (eg a well paid middle class) creates jobs through demand.
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August 4, 2012 10:22:25 PM

PennanenWhen you look at all the rules and restrictions that the olympics have set, it makes you wonder if this is europe or north korea.

The Olympics is a global event. The sponsors are global.

OH MY GOD I CAN'T WEAR THESE HEADPHONES WHAT IS THIS NORTH KOREA!?

Yes this is a douche move but a statement like that is moronic.
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Anonymous
August 4, 2012 11:18:39 PM

They are doing athletes a favor,so they don't get accustomed to mediocrity(those monster overpriced stuff).
anyway for the same price(a lil cheaper)are the much better quality Klipsh headphones.
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August 5, 2012 12:36:17 AM

Beats' s h i t.
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Anonymous
August 5, 2012 1:50:54 AM

According to the Olympic committee, the reason of DQ for the badminton team is because Olympic is all about competing for the best. How does a headphone related to competing for the best???
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August 5, 2012 2:04:37 AM

What headphone sponsor do they compete with?
Nobody looks to the Olympics for headphone advice. The IOC probably just wants to be sure they get paid for anything appearing on a broadcast.

After NBC, they may be better competitions without bothering with cameras. Let the old farts leeching off the game revenues go find other jobs instead of seeking more monetization.
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August 5, 2012 3:26:08 AM

a fact that many posters \are missing , THIS IS NOT personal endorsments.This is in regards to corporations funding the olympics. the individual atheletes see no money from ANY of these sponsers. yet they are being forced to pander thier goods . I could see it if the rule only applies to while they are playing , but if they are enforcing this rule on them in their free time as well then that is bullsh-t. Me personally id' never be a corporate whore.
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August 5, 2012 6:16:34 AM

Off topic: Beats are overpriced.
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August 5, 2012 6:53:51 AM

England and their rules ^^ Bend over and smile Oooo Myyy well thank you kind sir
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August 5, 2012 7:31:47 AM

If they want the athletes to cooperate with particular brands then corporations should pay extra for athletes participation !
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Anonymous
August 5, 2012 8:01:01 AM

cheesemon 08/04/2012 7:36 PM: can someone explain to me "Olympics Edition" mascara? How does that work?

Maybe it's sweat-resistant? :-P
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August 5, 2012 10:28:28 AM

HotRoderx...the US "Gold Metal Tax" where they Tax any American...

There's no tax associated with medals, but there is tax associated with bonuses that come from wining them, it's income and thus taxable. And they receive bonuses in excess of $25K, $15K and $10K for gold, silver and bronze respectively for individuals, and $100K to $250K (as much I know or can find on the web) for sports organisations, from the US Olympic Committee. For example Michael Phelps who won four gold and two silver medals ($130K in bonuses) will pay almost $9000 in tax, which is 6.9% tax rate. If you presume that those $130K are his whole income in 2012, those 6.9% are much lower than 15.7% effective tax rate you would pay if you earned the same amount.
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August 5, 2012 11:39:34 AM


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hasten :

Cry me a river. Who do you think is help funding these Olympic programs?Now they won't be quite as cool among the tweeners without their overpriced, overhyped, POS monstrosities called Beats headphones. Beats are like the new Bose. A mediocre product marketed extremely well directly to uneducated consumers and given a premium price tag. E


Total cost = Approx. £13 billion
Money raised from sponsors = £2 billion
Money raised from British taxpayer = £11 billion

I wouldn't overestimate the "help" of the sponsors.
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August 5, 2012 11:47:43 AM

hastenWow who'd a thunk I'd be 20 voted down for siding with "big evil business".Unfortunately all of you are thinking about Olympic presentation, while I'm talking about the Olympic programs. These athletes need funding to continue training, who do you think provides this funding? If I showed up to work wearing a competitors polo I'd be told to remove it as well. Unfortunately, to the chagrin of most of you, these athletes need funding and it comes from "big evil business". The internet is obviously the wrong place to be reasonable about reality though! Occupy on!!


I think you'll find that most of the funding for athletes comes from government, especially before they are famous.
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August 5, 2012 12:07:44 PM

Beats really made popular the trend of having in store demo headphones, and got popular because they were simply louder than everything else in the store. Since then, stores have put headphone booster amps in the demo section, to level the playing field. Everything else sounds better, but Beats are now sounding excessively loud and distorted in the store.

This is fine because the majority of people that buy Beats don't care what they sound like and buy them anyway. When they get home, people find a vastly better sounding headphone than the one they tested in the store, and many people swear by them.
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August 5, 2012 4:11:42 PM

I've heard that Beats headphones suck, but I hope ALL British (and many other) Olympic competitors wear Beats headphones. I really hope they do.

What are they gonna do? Disqualify everyone?
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August 5, 2012 9:18:10 PM

Bleh... Can't say I like it, but that is the modern world for you. Nothing is sacred anymore. The only thing is.. Is Panasonic sponsoring every single athlete in the world? Isn't it unfair for the organisers to exclude all other brands from being able to sponsor an athlete?
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