Nike will be taking over for adidas supplying jerseys and other uniform apparel as part of a new eight-year deal that is reportedly worth in the neighborhood of $1 billion. (That’s a very good neighborhood.) And Nike didn’t take this move lightly as they reportedly used 25 years of research to come up with the new gear.
According to Nike…
“The most significant change comes to the back shoulder of the uniform where Nike designers altered the construction for a vastly improved fit. Additionally, the hemlines on the bottom of both the jersey and shorts were modified to allow for full range of motion.”
“The uniform is comprised of a combination of Alpha Yarns and recycled polyester (each athlete uniform represents approximately 20 recycled PET bottles). Not only does this yarn blend match Nike’s broad commitment to sustainability, it also removes moisture more quickly than previous NBA uniforms, wicking sweat 30-percent faster than current NBA uniforms.”
Nike is also eliminating the home and road jerseys and instead “home teams will pick which of their uniforms will be worn at all home games and visiting teams will choose a contrasting uniform within their own assortment. Because of this change, Nike and the NBA worked together to create four core uniforms for each team, classified as “editions,” which draw from the rich heritage of the NBA and its respective franchises.”
But enough about that. You can read even more about the new uniforms over at Nike’s web site if you want, because now I want to talk about these uniforms a fan designed because Nike should just go ahead and hire this guy TODAY.
A genius New Jersey-based designer named Brian Begley came up with multiple concepts for each NBA team and well, they’re incredible.
Check these bad boys out…
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