On Monday, adidas and Rutgers University announced a seven-year footwear and apparel deal. Beginning July 1, 2017, the university’s 24 athletic teams will ditch the Swoosh and gear up in Three Stripes.
“Everyone here at Rutgers is excited to be partnering with adidas,” said Pat Hobbs, Rutgers Director of Athletics. “Our coaches and students know they will be getting outstanding apparel and equipment with which to compete. As important, adidas will bring unmatched service to our programs. We look forward to celebrating much success together, both on and off the field.”
Explicit terms of the deal were not disclosed, but last week NJ Advance Media reported that the Rutgers-adidas deal would be six years and worth $10 million, around $1.7 million per year in cash and apparel. According to the Portland Business Journal, even at a slightly higher yearly sum, the Rutgers-adidas deal is likely the smallest in the Big Ten conference. This year, the university will get $1.3 million in cash and equipment from Nike.
As part of the deal Rutgers will receive adidas’ products and marketing expertise and both parties will collaborate on marketing opportunities, as well as the development of the licensed retail landscape on campus.
“We’re really excited about the future of athletics at Rutgers and we’re honored to welcome the Scarlet Knights into the adidas family,” said Jim Murphy, director of NCAA Sports Marketing at adidas America. “We’re going to bring our most innovative and high-performance products, along with our creativity and collaborative efforts to help Rutgers deliver on their vision for the future of Scarlet Knights sports.”
Stay tuned for the new strategic uniform for the Rutgers football and basketball teams because they should be unveiled in the coming weeks. Share your thoughts on the latest Big Ten deal below.