It appears that Nike will be the big benefactor of the MEAC’s decision to allow teams to negotiate their own apparel deals. Florida A&M confirmed that it has reached a deal with the apparel giant and at least two other schools appear to be headed in that direction as well.
FAMU confirmed that it has reached a three-year deal with Nike over the weekend, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. AD Milton Overton, Jr. didn’t give figures but did indicate that the deal will be more financially beneficial than the previous one negotiated by the conference with Russell.
“Most of the conference moved to Nike,” Overton said. “Some of the conference members when to a different apparel company. I won’t necessarily say numbers. What I’ll say it was a 50-percent increase in value from Russell to Nike.”
Sources tell HBCU Gameday that North Carolina A&T and Savannah State will wear Nike as well. Delaware State announced a deal with Nike last month. Howard has been the only school to go elsewhere so far, reaching a deal with Under Armour earlier this month. |
FAMU plans on releasing new uniforms for football soon.
“We’ll release new uniforms,” Overton said. “We’ll also release new apparel. That’ll be in the next couple of weeks. We’re going to push it out to the fans. We’ll show what the new uniforms will look like for football and a couple of other sports. Then we’ll show what some of the new Nike polos will look like.