As former PR director of Adidas CIS Nikolay Petrosyan told Kommersant, work on the design of a new form usually begins about a year and a half before its presentation. When creating it, the outfitter is based solely on the technical specifications formulated by the customer, who is the copyright holder of the form and its image. In the course of design coordination, the matter is not limited to providing sketches. Samples of equipment are being prepared, which show both the management, the organization that ordered it, in this case, the RFU, and many team players. And only after the approval of the design, materials, the cut form goes into production.
“The RFU did not say that they were refusing the contract. Their statement only states that the team will use the previous form for now. And it’s not clear where the rumors about the termination of the contract come from, ”said Mr. Petrosyan.“ But I don’t think that the Adidas headquarters will be very upset if the RFU leaves early.
Do not think that there will immediately be a line of outfitters who are ready to pay the RFU for the right to produce a uniform that does not sell well. ”
According to Nikolai Petrosyan, the annual sales of T-shirts of the Russian team are “several tens of thousands of pieces.” “For comparison, Germany’s T-shirts are sold 1.3 million each year. And in 2014, when the Germans won the World Cup in Brazil, sales reached 3 million units, ”said Nikolai Petrosyan.
Note that Adidas pays € 50 million annually for the right to equip German national teams. As for payments under a contract with the RFU, according to various sources, they range from € 5 million to € 7 million per year.