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Thursday, February 14, 2019

In an effort to "own the libs," Trump supporters have catered Papa John's pizza to their weddings (to support the Papa after he said sales were dipping because of NFL player protests); smashed their coffee makers (after Keurig pulled its advertising from Sean Hannity's Fox News show) and canceling their Netflix subscriptions (after the streaming service signed a deal with the Obamas). ... Stephen Martin, the owner of Prime Time Sports in Colorado Springs, Colorado, took it a step further, announcing that his store would stop carrying Nike merchandise. The brand's market dominance meant a downturn was inevitable, but the store was hit far harder than Martin expected. This week he announced that after 21 years in business, he will close the doors for good. "Being a sports store without Nike is kind of like being a milk store without milk or a gas station without gas," he told Colorado Springs station KOAA. "How do you do it? They have a monopoly on jerseys."

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Crushed Like a Dixie Cup

#1 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-02-14 04:43 PM | Reply

he sure showed them

HARHAR

people who let ideology and politics dictate their thinking are always going to lose
this is exactly why todays "conservative" is a miserable mess

#2 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-02-14 04:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

This from the party of people who are tired of being called stupid.

#3 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-14 09:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 4 | Newsworthy 4

He's a stupid Hilljack. Karma bit him in the ass! Expect more of these stories.

#4 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-02-14 10:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

A fool and his money are soon separated. This is Trump's base. Too bad they don't have Russian mobsters to bail them out of their incompetent business decisions like their hero.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2019-02-14 10:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

#4 Monson,

Hilljack? I like it!

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-14 10:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Tell us again why we should listen to righties on the subject of business or economics. Anyone?

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2019-02-14 10:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

" announcing that his store would stop carrying Nike merchandise."

Otherwise known as cutting off your nose to spite your face . . . and a testament to never say never.

#8 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-02-14 10:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Tell us again why we should listen to righties on the subject of business or economics. Anyone?

#7 | POSTED BY JPW

Politicizing business rarely works out. Just ask Colin Kaepernick. It's actually much more of a lefty thing than a righty thing, BTW.

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-14 10:34 PM | Reply

#9

Yeah, but Kap is worth at least $20 mil. He probably figures he can afford it.

#10 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-02-14 10:46 PM | Reply

He showed them. Nike won't be strutting their stuff in the place with the guy that has a thing.

#11 | Posted by LesWit at 2019-02-14 10:51 PM | Reply

#9 but righties are the ones who never stop blathering on about how great businessmen are while giving us the Orange Skidmark for POTUS.

#12 | Posted by jpw at 2019-02-14 10:53 PM | Reply

Other Trumplican businesses should follow his example.

#13 | Posted by YAV at 2019-02-14 10:55 PM | Reply

Yeah, but Kap is worth at least $20 mil. He probably figures he can afford it.

#10 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT

Good point.

#9 but righties are the ones who never stop blathering on about how great businessmen are while giving us the Orange Skidmark for POTUS.

#12 | POSTED BY JPW

Trump is mostly a con artist. His actual business acumen? 3 bankruptcies, numerous lawsuits for fraud, stiffing contractors....he's not much of a businessman when it's all said and done. He's a talented showman though and he knows how to utilize social media to maximum effect.

#14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-14 10:56 PM | Reply


If you go into business, you need to leave your political (and, nowadays, religious beliefs, seeing that religious now seems to be synonymous with political) inclinations at the door when you walk in and open up for business.

If you are unable to serve every customer that walks in the door, then you should not be in business.

(OK, that is an absolute statement, but it is my opening comment. :) )

#15 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-02-15 01:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5


@#14 ... Trump is mostly a con artist. His actual business acumen? 3 bankruptcies, numerous lawsuits for fraud, stiffing contractors....he's not much of a businessman when it's all said and done. ...

The only business that he actually ran was his casino. His other businesses were run by others.

The end result of his casino?

Bankrupt.

OK, that's just confirming what you said.

Never mind.

I'll go away quietly...

#16 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-02-15 01:10 AM | Reply

What we should not lose sight of.....Kaepernick took a justified position. He just wasn't wrong, the NFL owners are wrong. Most fair minded people recognize that freedom of speech is American as apple pie and he was exercising his right. That this clown go hurt in his effort to punish Kaepernick, too bad for him. When you are on the wrong side of history bad things can happen. F the NFL.

#17 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-15 06:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He sure did own those libs.

#18 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-02-15 07:10 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Business is Darwinism at its most raw. Make good decisions and you might survive. Make bad decisions and you will get killed off. I suspect this is not the first bad business decision Mr. Martin has made, but it is about his last...

#19 | Posted by catdog at 2019-02-15 09:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I would imagine that a big part of his customer base supported Kaepernick which is probably why Nike used him in their ads. Probably he didn't really know who his customer base even was.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-15 09:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#15 | Posted by LampLighter

That's the positions you should have always taken... There are of course exceptions - like church / religious supply stores but they typically need to be prepared to serve every sect.

#21 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-02-15 09:21 AM | Reply

#20

In Colorado Springs many of his customers probably don't support Kaepernick. Colorado Springs is a VERY conservative, religious city, with multiple military bases. But when this business owner decided to give up Nike, he left himself with practically nothing else to sell.

#22 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-02-15 09:42 AM | Reply

"In Colorado Springs many of his customers probably don't support Kaepernick. Colorado Springs is a VERY conservative, religious city, with multiple military bases."

As a longtime runner, the running community is not very conservative in my experience. I honestly can't remember knowing a red neck who was a runner.

#23 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-15 09:52 AM | Reply

Also, there are plenty of other brands this guy could have stocked his store with. I notice this, he's going out of business wile Nike is using Kaepernick in their ads and are still doing quite fine. Did the NFL even take the Nike logos off of their jerseys?

#24 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-15 09:55 AM | Reply

store.nike.com

#25 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-15 09:56 AM | Reply

-Did the NFL even take the Nike logos off of their jerseys?

without checking...I'm sure there is a contract between the NFL and companies like Nike that would prohibit something like that.

#26 | Posted by eberly at 2019-02-15 10:02 AM | Reply

This guy bet that the outrage over Nike signing Kaepernick would be larger than it really was.

He was wrong.....the vast majority of buyers of nike apparel either support Kaepernick or don't care enough to stop buying Nike.

#27 | Posted by eberly at 2019-02-15 10:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I honestly can't remember knowing a red neck who was a runner."

Well, running is rather difficult in pair of steel-toed, camo-print Ariats...

#28 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-02-15 10:07 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Trump is mostly a con artist. His actual business acumen? 3 bankruptcies, numerous lawsuits for fraud, stiffing contractors....he's not much of a businessman when it's all said and done. He's a talented showman though and he knows how to utilize social media to maximum effect.

#14 | Posted by JeffJ

but whatabout hillary?!!!!

#29 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-15 11:18 AM | Reply

Well, at least he did the right thing owning up to it. You put a Dem in that position and they would blame a million other things for the business closing and say they are a victim.

#30 | Posted by humtake at 2019-02-15 12:27 PM | Reply

You put a Dem in that position and they would blame a million other things for the business closing and say they are a victim.

#30 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

A Dem's store wouldn't have shut down because they'd keep the Nike product and discontinuing the ivanka trump line won't change sales figures at all. Keep crying, though!

#31 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-15 12:40 PM | Reply

Well, at least he did the right thing owning up to it. You put a Dem in that position and they would blame a million other things for the business closing and say they are a victim.

#30 | Posted by humtake

Yes when a republican does something stupid, the only thing for sure is that a fictional imaginary democrat would have done something worse.

#32 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-15 01:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 4

He was wrong.....the vast majority of buyers of nike apparel either support Kaepernick or don't care enough to stop buying Nike.

#27 | Posted by eberly

Yup. I feel so, so OWNED!!

Like the vast majority of Deplorables are...

Wrong. Stupid and wrong.

But, hey, knock yourselves out.

Keep "owning" me!!

Please!

#33 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-02-15 06:18 PM | Reply

more winning

#34 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-02-15 07:22 PM | Reply

Well, at least he did the right thing owning up to it. You put a Dem in that position and they would blame a million other things for the business closing and say they are a victim.

#30 | Posted by comrade dumbtake

возвращайся в Россию сука!

#35 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-02-16 12:32 AM | Reply

discontinuing the ivanka trump line

#31 | POSTED BY INDIANAJONES

No one in Alabama or West Virginia has spent either of the 2 dimes they have at Nordstroms since they discontinued her cheap Chinese ----.

They're prolly on the brink of shutting down because of it..

#36 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-02-16 09:04 AM | Reply

We're gonna spite our noses right off of our faces
There won't be nothin' but big ol' hearts dancin' in our eyes
-John Prine

#37 | Posted by snuffy at 2019-02-16 02:09 PM | Reply

sure showed me a thing or to I tell you whut!!

so much winning

#38 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-02-16 07:35 PM | Reply

This idiot store owner fails capitalism101 bigly!

No matter what someone's political hue may be, everyone's money is GREEN!

#39 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-02-16 08:06 PM | Reply

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