Razorbacks partner with NIKE

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas department of intercollegiate athletics and NIKE Inc. have agreed to terms on a five-year all sports agreement that will provide Razorback Athletics with footwear and apparel for all 19 sports.

Nike will become the exclusive provider for Razorbacks Athletics beginning on July 1, 2010. Arkansas’ current apparel agreement expires on June 30, 2010.

"We are excited about our new partnership with Nike," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "Nike is the most coveted brand in collegiate athletics and has a tremendous reach in the United States and worldwide. We are proud that Nike has selected the University of Arkansas to be included in the limited number of schools whose agreement encompasses all sports. Our more than 460 student-athletes in 19 sports will be provided a wide range of apparel and other products to train and compete in the Southeastern Conference and nationally. We are appreciative of the commitment Nike has made to Razorback Athletics."

NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Since 1999, Nike has owned the top spot in the Collegiate Licensing Company’s (CLC) collegiate apparel royalties rankings.