Wilson Sporting Goods: Make Your NCAA Basketballs in America, Not China
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Wilson Sporting Goods
Communications Director
Molly Wallace
Chief Marketing, Basketball
Alan Davenport
President
Steven Wilson

Wilson Sporting Goods: Make Your NCAA Basketballs in America, Not China

    1. Lauren Esarco
    2. Petition by

      Lauren Esarco

College basketball is about as American as sports get, so shouldn’t NCAA basketballs be made in America? I think so, which is why I’m asking Wilson, the company that makes the official NCAA basketball, to make their basketballs in America, not China.

I know firsthand what happens when good manufacturing jobs move overseas. I grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, when on September 19, 1977, the steel mills shut down and many of my family and friends lost their jobs. The day became known as “Black Monday,” and the loss of this towns industrial jobs has had a lasting impact on the region, as the city's population was cut in half. Today, parts of Youngstown and other towns in Ohio in the same situation look like a ghost town. Youngstown and other cities across America need American companies to invest in us and our workers -- not factories overseas.

I was really upset when I saw that Wilson’s official NCAA basketballs were labeled as “Made in China” or “imported”. I know Wilson makes their NCAA and NFL footballs, as well as many other footballs, in their factory in Ada, Ohio -- a struggling town just like Youngstown. Basketball is just as important an iconic American sport as football, so why would Wilson make their basketballs in China?

I love NCAA basketball and plan to make March Madness brackets with my dad and my friends this year, while I cheer for Ohio State and West Virginia. But I also want Wilson to commit to making their NCAA basketballs in America, so next year’s tournament balls and souvenir fan balls will support American jobs in American towns -- not factories in China.

Wilson, this March Madness please give basketball fans what you give football fans -- balls that support America. Make a commitment to make your NCAA basketballs in America, not China.

To:
Wilson Sporting Goods
Molly Wallace, Communications Director
Alan Davenport, Chief Marketing, Basketball
Steven Wilson, President
Wilson: Make Your NCAA Basketballs in America, Not China

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Terrance Jones CHICAGO, IL
      • 8 months ago

      Bring these Jobs back to America. Preferably to black America where there is dier need.

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    • JASON MURPHY SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 8 months ago

      What you do is you find a genius to change the process of making the product your making. A machine to speed the process up and help then you hire in the u.s.a. also make deals with companies to pre order ahead and have a waiting period. This would control your employee cost if they can produce in bulk sums and the sale it to the customers. You let people no your product was made in America. I understand not every thing going to be made in the u.s.a. I've work with companies that had some parts made in china are Mexico and then ship here. I also believe we should were closer with Mexico and Canada. Instead of outsourcing to china maybe outsource to one of those countries. That only if it needed to keep cost down.

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    • Jay Anderson HOGELAND, MT
      • 8 months ago

      Because I'm an American

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    • Michael Fahan STAMFORD, CT
      • 9 months ago

      Bring manufacturing back to America. I trust our ability to oversee safe production of goods over China's ability. Safety includes fair and safe work practices and materials used to make the product. I'll even pay extra money, bc the cost to our overall economy by sending jobs overseas is too great in the long run.

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    • ZILKA DAMIEN AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE
      • 9 months ago

      I SIGN BECAUSE, THIS JUST CAUSE AND USEFUL !!!!

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