Nike will continue its more than 30-year relationship with Syracuse University as part of a new multi-year agreement.
“We are pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with Nike. This agreement benefits all 20 varsity sports and every student-athlete at Syracuse University,” said Director of Athletics John Wildhack. “The agreement increases the product we receive from Nike on an annual basis and will aid in our ongoing efforts to provide a tremendous experience for our student-athletes.”
Syracuse teams, coaches and staff will use Nike-provided products, including gear, uniforms, shoes and specified equipment and accessories for games, practices and clinics. Nike will provide increased royalty revenue for all licensed products, performance-based bonuses, and base cash compensation. The agreement also includes the creation of the Nike experiential learning internship program that will provide opportunities for Syracuse students to work at Nike headquarters each summer.
Syracuse’s contract with Nike was due to run out this year.
“Nike is especially proud to extend our relationship with Syracuse University,” said Kit Morris, senior director of Nike College Sports Marketing. “The Orange have been in the Nike family for decades and it remains a privilege to serve their student-athletes, teams and coaches.”
Syracuse’s partnership with Nike started in 1982-83 with the men’s basketball program when the Orange donned Nike footwear. The Orange football team began wearing Nike footwear in 1991. In the mid-1990s, Syracuse men’s basketball, football and men’s lacrosse teams transitioned to Nike uniforms. The remainder of Syracuse’s teams started wearing Nike footwear, uniforms and apparel beginning in 2002-03.