Rule 40 prohibits Olympic athletes (many who live below the poverty line) from promoting their sponsors, wearing their logos or even mentioning them during the Games – making those sponsorships nearly worthless. With Brooks Running, we launched an insurgent, unbranded campaign to allow all athletes and fans to protest the rule. At rule40.com, we launched generic, violation-free sportswear. Daily generic posts adhered to Rule40’s supposed “ownership” of words like “Rio,” “Gold,” or “Games” in a tongue-and-cheek manner, as did up-the-minute generic Olympic recaps during the Games themselves.
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