Florida A&M’s athletic department recently secured a three-year deal with Nike, Athletic Director Milton Overton Jr. told the Tallahassee Democrat on Saturday.
Overton said the deal would run concurrent with the MEAC’s current shoe deal with Nike, and that Nike would provide both new uniforms and apparel for the school.
FAMU’s previous apparel deal was with Russell Athletic. That deal was negotiated through the MEAC.
Onnidan sources indicate that the Russell deal will expire this summer leaving MEAC members the opportunity to negotiate their own arrangement.
“Most of the conference moved to Nike,” Overton said. “Some of the conference members went 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.”
Overton said at the end of the three-year deal, there will be an option for FAMU to renew. He added new uniforms and fan apparel will be released within the next “two to three weeks.”
“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.