November 06, 2014
Nike signs on as official sponsor for Duke Blue Devils

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Duke & Nike Enter Into 10-Year Sponsorship For All Varsity Athletics Teams Tuesday 08/22/2008  -  Duke Sports Information DURHAM, N.C. � Duke University and Nike Inc. reached a 10-year sponsorship agreement that will supply all 26 of the Blue Devils’ athletics teams with uniforms, footwear, apparel and equipment. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.  Under the terms of the contract, Nike will phase in its exclusive agreement with all Duke Athletics teams over a three-year period beginning in 2008-09. This will allow specific Duke programs and head coaches who have existing contracts with other equipment/apparel providers to honor those agreements. Several Duke teams, including men’s basketball, women’s basketball and football, already use Nike apparel and equipment.  “We are thrilled to partner with Nike as our athletics footwear and apparel provider for the next decade,” said Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White. “Nike is completely committed to the mission of Duke Athletics � to attain excellence in all phases of the student-athlete experience, whether it is in the classroom, on the playing fields, or in the Durham community. This agreement provides significant financial resources to service our student-athletes by providing the finest equipment and apparel in college athletics.” “As an institution, Duke is rich in tradition, both in academics and athletics,” said Nike Director of College Sports Marketing Kit Morris. “Nike has enjoyed longstanding relationships with many Blue Devil coaches and teams, and we are especially excited to expand this partnership to include all programs.  A commitment to exemplary performance, shared between Duke and Nike, serves as the foundation for this new agreement.”  Some other components of the Duke-Nike agreement follow: ** Nike will provide cash compensation annually to the Duke Department of Athletics over the term of the contract.** Nike will provide annual funding to local charities of Duke’s choice.** Each year, one Duke student-athlete will receive a paid internship at Nike headquarters near Beaverton, Ore., beginning in the summer of 2009. Additionally, all officially licensed Blue Devils merchandise sold by Nike will comply with labor policies consistent with Duke’s position on worker’s rights. Duke has long been a leader in demanding manufacturers of licensed products protect the rights of workers. In 1997, Duke was the first university in the country to adopt a code of conduct for apparel manufacturers requires licensees, their contractors and sub-contractors to accept independent monitoring of factory working conditions. Two years later, Duke established another standard by requiring its licensees to publicly disclose the names and locations of factories that manufacture Duke items. Duke remains very involved in these issues and committed to ensuring that products bearing its name and/or trademarks are manufactured under decent and humane working conditions. Proud Sponsor
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