Wilson, the official football-maker for the NFL, secured a spot during this year’s Super Bowl to run a rather moving commercial taking viewers inside the only dedicated football factory in the United States where footballs are laced by hand and prepped for play in the championship game.
Imagine what would happen if the factory based in the small town of Ada, Ohio was forced to shut its doors for good or if a foreign army kept customers and materials out. It would be an affront to American culture.
This wouldn’t stop the production of footballs of course, but if this factory was the only football-maker in the country, the only site fitted with the machines necessary to sew, stamp, shape, and lace a football, this would be a different story — a story more like what’s happening to the Herbawi keffiyeh factory in Al-Khalil (Hebron) in the West Bank. [Read more...]