© Reuters. Rupert Campbell, President of adidas North America, speaks in the course of the Anti-Defamation League’s “By no means is Now” summit on the Jacob Javits Conference Middle in Manhattan in New York Metropolis, New York, U.S., November 10, 2022. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Adidas (OTC:), which has come underneath strain after ending its profitable Yeezy shoe partnership with Kanye West, is attempting to seize an even bigger slice of the U.S. sports activities market, the group’s regional head advised the Wall Road Journal.
“We need to double down on the entire issues which might be U.S.-centric, notably round sport,” Rupert Campbell, the corporate’s North America president, was quoted as saying in an interview.
Other than ending the Yeezy collaboration, Adidas has additionally stopped its Ivy Park collaboration with pop star Beyoncé in accordance with media studies, with the contract set to run out on the finish of this yr.
Campbell stated that, whereas Adidas would proceed superstar partnerships, sports activities was now the main focus for the U.S. enterprise, singling out basketball for instance the place he stated the corporate’s share was very low.
“So we imagine there is a chance there.”
The Yeezy cut up price Adidas 600 million euros in gross sales within the fourth quarter of 2022 and will trigger the German sporting items maker to publish its first annual loss in three many years this yr, Adidas stated final month.
Speaking on the general U.S. sporting-goods market, the world’s largest, Campbell stated: “We’ve to point out our credentials on this area.”