Good news for purveyors of sweatshop-made sportswear: you too can be inducted into a hall of fame meant to celebrate athletic excellence! Take it from Phil Knight, the chairman and co-founder of Nike, who will join the ranks of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. None other than Michael Jordan will present him, as a small thank-you for all those endorsement deals.
About zero people are thrilled by this. Yahoo! Sports reports:
It was a controversial selection despite Knight’s induction as a "contributor," i.e. non-coaches and non-players who nevertheless have a huge effect on the sport. By any metric, Knight and Nike have altered the course of basketball at every level.
However, this honor, the top award an individual can earn in basketball, would seem to be at least somewhat related to Nike’s status as the premier corporate sponsor of virtually every important organized body in basketball.
Got that? Just change the sport forever somehow—like, commodify its equipment to a psychotic degree, such that you unleash the horrors of class resentment and exploitative labor practices—and they will put your name on a plaque for all to admire. All who pass through Springfield, Massachusetts, at least.