In a week full of troublesome headlines for the NFL, this one may not receive much play. But many fans will nevertheless be interested to hear that the league will be assigning less pink to its teams next month during its traditional show of support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Paul Lukas of Uni Watch writes that the move has nothing to do with the multiple domestic violence cases that have dominated the news the past few weeks. Instead, the move is supposedly planned before that and comes in concert with the league's push to beef up the camouflage in November.

"It won’t be used for any nationally televised games, for example," Lukas writes. " ... the NFL plans a bigger push this year for G.I. Joevember."

While the league has made millions in revenue from pink gear, it's unclear how much it has actually donated to breast cancer research. Some skeptics believe that number is embarrassingly low.

In light of the league's issues with domestic abuse, some have suggested the league give its players purple gear for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

By Jacques Slade
Kustoo.com

This season we will see LeBron James don the jersey of the Cleveland Cavaliers once again. While most people will be talking about his game, we happened to get a sneak peek at some of his new shoes. Unveiled Tuesday at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, the LeBron 12 is colorful and cutting edge in design.

Nike engineers used the data and details from previous versions of LeBron's signature shoe while adding new twists to create a "next-generation" model that will be available Oct. 11 ($200). From the new Megafuse upper, an upgrade from last year, to the hexagonal Zoom Air Pads, here's a first-hand look.

We also had a chance to talk to LeBron and some Nike designers who collaborated with him on creating the new shoe. Check out the video and let us know what you think about the LeBron 12 in the comments below.

A new pair of kicks weren't the only upgrade LeBron James was unveiling Tuesday at Nike's headquarters in Portland.

At least that's what dozens of skeptical observers claimed in a flurry of Twitter posts after the four-time NBA MVP's presentation of his new LeBron 12s.

James' hairline, which has been receding for years, was mysteriously restored. And people took notice:




Lots of Twitter users took to social media with their theories, many of which revolved around hair plugs.





James' hairline has been the subject of jokes by fans, other players and himself, such this tweet from 2011:


Despite calls from former NBA greats to follow in the footsteps of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan and shave his head, James has insisted on keeping what is left of his hair.

James changed his look this summer, cutting some weight as he prepares to enter his 30s. Perhaps the restored hairline is part of his new look.

If he indeed purchased hair plugs, James wouldn't be the only high profile athlete to do so in recent years. British soccer star Wayne Rooney has received not one but two hair transplants.

Snapbacks are back, Starter jackets are back and even OutKast is back. The 90s are in again, but something is missing.

Short shorts.

One man in Los Angeles is ready to change that. Chris Douglas-Roberts signed with the Clippers on Sept. 3, and when he requested his team gear, he provided a surprise:


His announcement was met with questions from fans wondering why a player in 2014 would make such a monster fashion decision. Douglas-Roberts, the 2008 Conference USA Player of the Year at Memphis (over Derrick Rose, by the way), explained:


Although short shorts were an NBA staple for decades, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls began wearing longer and baggier models in the late 1980s. The Illinois Flying Illini team that went to the NCAA Final Four in 1989 featured lots of Chicagoland players such as Nick Anderson and Kendall Gill who followed Jordan's lead. But then Michigan's Fab Five went even longer and gained national attention during their runs the NCAA championship game in 1992 and 1993.

Let Jalen Rose take it away:

John Stockton was one of the notable holdovers who kept short shorts alive through the 90s and into the early 2000s.

Douglas-Roberts now wants to pull out the throwback shorts and give the tight trim some life. Although he may not see a ton of the court in 2014-15, the 27-year-old NBA journeyman is sure to make a fashion statement when he rips off his sweatpants.

In the meantime, CDR provides fans with a preview on Instagram:

Maybe Douglas-Roberts can talk the whole team into short shorts. Can anyone imagine Blake Griffin going up for an alley up with shorts above his thighs?

But then again, if they were good enough for Charles Barkley ...

Josh Childress has a rule about his sneaker collection, which features more than 800 pairs and includes custom models from other NBA players.

"I would only ask guys for shoes if I could fit them and wear them," Childress says.

The exception?

A pair of Air Jordan 12's that Gary Payton wore.

"It's bright," Childress says of the yellow-and-white color scheme. "Somebody would know it's not a general release. I had to have this shoe."

Childress, the Hawks' 2004 first-round pick from Stanford, says he grew up with a big fascination for sneakers. Childress recalls how his older brother motivated him to get good grades by dangling sneakers as the prize.

"It's a big part of basketball culture in general," says Childress, who played eight seasons in the NBA, plus two in Greece. "There were times when I used to tune into games just to see what guys were wearing."

Check out this video as Childress gives a tour of his collection that has lots of old Jordans, including one with a mocha-colored trim, and other classics:

Nike didn't waste much time making a splash with Kevin Durant after he decided to stay with the company despite a tempting offer from Under Armour.

The KD7 Easy Money shoe, which will be released to the public Sept. 10, is pushing a lightning theme. That's how Nike is including Ben Franklin, who was famously zapped while flying a kite, in the campaign for this model.

The connection to Franklin is also in the shade of green that is featured on the shoe. It's the same as the one on the $100 bill, which has Franklin's face on it.

Nike's 10-year deal will reportedly pay Durant between $265 million and $285 million.

One edge that Under Armour had in its sales pitch to Durant was the hometown card. Headquartered in Baltimore, Under Armour is located just 36 miles from where Durant grew up in Maryland. Given this, the silhouette of Maryland on the Easy Money shoe is Nike's not-so-subtle way of taking a victory lap.

By Mr. Madden
Pro Sports Daily

We see these jersey edits and crossovers all of the time, but I think graphic designer Emilio Sansolini absolutely nailed it by transforming all 30 NBA jerseys into soccer kits.

What do you think? Personally, I love all of them.

After featuring a ballet star to launch its campaign to connect with more female consumers, Under Armour has made another splash by signing supermodel Gisele Bundchen to an endorsement deal.

Under Armour released this teaser video Tuesday with the promise of showing more Thursday:

Although landing a model of Gisele's stature is a huge get for any company, Under Armour did have an inside track. Gisele's husband, Tom Brady, signed a game-changing endorsement deal with Under Armour in 2010 that included an undisclosed percentage of ownership in the company.

The female-focused campaign is called I Will What I Want. In addition to Gisele and ballerina Misty Copeland, it will include Lindsay Vonn (skiing), Sloane Stephens (tennis), Kelley O'Hara (soccer), Brianna Cope (surfing) and Kathryn Budig (yoga).

In July, the New York Times reported that the campaign is part of the company's overall growth strategy: "Annual revenue for women's apparel for the company is about $500 million, half of men’s, at $1 billion, and Under Armour has long contended that its goal is for the women's segment to grow as big as, if not bigger than, the men's."

Under Armour wasn't able to lure Kevin Durant away from Nike, but it has been building its roster of notable athletes.

Cornerback Patrick Peterson, who signed a 5-year, $70 million extension with the Cardinals during the summer, did jump from Nike to Under Armour.

"At Nike I just felt like another guy and didn't have an opportunity to build a brand and get into the football community as far as the kids and high schools," Peterson told Forbes. "Under Armour is giving me the ability to build a brand and help this company grow. It has so much upside. Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Ed Reed. Seeing the progression it is making each and every year is unbelievable."

When USA Basketball competes at the World Cup in Spain, its players can take an extra sense of pride in the uniforms. Nike took feedback from the players to craft a more functional design, including ways to keep them as cool as possible. Mike Smith, a senior product manager at Nike, broke down the particulars for us:

Aaron Rodgers took athlete fashion to another level this week with an all-denim look -- including hat -- plus a bolo tie.

The Packers' superstar quarterback along with his backup, Matt Flynn, rocked the outrageous outfits to the team's annual Welcome Back Luncheon:



Fullback John Kuhn joined the denim party with these overalls:


Rodgers was accepting an award for community service from the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and before his remarks he joked, "I'm glad I dressed up for the occasion."

The luncheon marks the end of training camp, and Rodgers has been known to get creative with his outfit:


Flynn and Rodgers' coordinated outfits this year reminded some of another duo's denim look:


This is a nice way for Rodgers to have fun with his outfit and give fans something to laugh about as the preseason draws to a close. Behind the scenes, the 30-year-old is laser focused on bringing his squad back to the Super Bowl. Since the Packers' surprise run to the title in 2011, Green Bay has had regular-season success but is 1-3 in the playoffs. Last year Rodgers hit a personal low as he was forced to sit out seven straight weeks to recover from a broken collarbone.

With an explosive offense in a division with no clear frontrunner, the Packers should be primed for another solid season.

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