Thanksgiving Is Ruined
June 12, 2014
from Brazuca to Banzhaf
Below is TiR's current favorite World Cup factoid, about 2014's official soccer ball, the Brazuca, which replaces the little loved Jabulani from last time around:
"To stem criticism this time, Adidas showed the ball to more than 600 of the world's top players, a third of whom were not Adidas-contracted players."
(from USA Today)
Adidas seems to be a believer in weighted voting -- if not in its shareholders meetings (TiR is too lazy to figure that one out), at least with regard to footballs.
We glean that the Banzhaf power index might be what one resorts to, to make sense of these things.
A quite good Sports Illustrated profile of the factory where the ball is manufactured, in Sialkot, Pakistan, is here.
Though, as stated therein, four-fifths of all of its raw materials come from China.
Basic monthly salary at the factory? 10,000 rupees, per here.
Current US dollar equiv.? $102.90, per here.
Current price of an official Brazuca on Amazon? $144
Yes, TiR knows that you saw the last link coming a mile away.