Illinois Football Uniforms

#105      
The white on white looks really good. Just wish we had some sort of outline around the numbers.
 
#108      
Well, its stock price is less than half what it was in 2015. And it seems to have receded as a third power in the Nike-Adidas sponsorship wars. Puma and even New Balance seem like they're both as big if not bigger players in that space now.
What's next Reebok making a comeback?
 
#112      
Well, its stock price is less than half what it was in 2015. And it seems to have receded as a third power in the Nike-Adidas sponsorship wars. Puma and even New Balance seem like they're both as big if not bigger players in that space now.
It’s a shame on UA. Schools I’ve worked at have bought jerseys and shoes from them. Quality similar to or better than Nike and significantly less money. And they offered better incentives for free stuff when you spent certain amounts.

This was all basketball gear though so maybe the football stuff where they make their most money isn’t up to snuff.
 
#113      
It’s a shame on UA. Schools I’ve worked at have bought jerseys and shoes from them. Quality similar to or better than Nike and significantly less money. And they offered better incentives for free stuff when you spent certain amounts.

This was all basketball gear though so maybe the football stuff where they make their most money isn’t up to snuff.
UA is still pretty competitive in the college sponsorship space, maybe that's why.

That seems like one of the three big pillars, with the other two being international soccer (where UA has basically disappeared after making a big splash some years back) and basketball shoes for NBA players (where UA made a big push and seems to have done poorly, Steph Curry's shoes get made fun of on twitter a lot).

There's also of course the pro league apparel sponsorships, where Nike has the NFL, NBA and MLB now, and Adidas has the NHL and MLS.

Fight it all you want, Nike is still the gold standard.
 
#114      
UA is still pretty competitive in the college sponsorship space, maybe that's why.

That seems like one of the three big pillars, with the other two being international soccer (where UA has basically disappeared after making a big splash some years back) and basketball shoes for NBA players (where UA made a big push and seems to have done poorly, Steph Curry's shoes get made fun of on twitter a lot).

There's also of course the pro league apparel sponsorships, where Nike has the NFL, NBA and MLB now, and Adidas has the NHL and MLS.

Fight it all you want, Nike is still the gold standard.
My problem with Nike, as a fan of a Nike team, is that if your school/team isn't one of the select few, you can't find any decent apparel. I don't think Nike even sells Illinois jerseys, in either football or basketball. I've looked, they don't exist. Their website has basketball jerseys for Oregon, MSU, OSU, Duke and Kentucky. That's it. Heck, they have more Iowa gear on their website than Illini gear. If Nike ever gets into the NIL game we are screwed, because they aren't doing us any favors.
 
#115      
Richmond, VA
Let's switch to
michael jordan basketball GIF


Best of both worlds 🤷‍♂️
 
#117      
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Honestly curious- how is Under Armour struggling?
It has been the subject of Federal investigations into its accounting practices since 2015 and those problems haven't gone away. That's a canary in the coal mine for sales struggles. The sharp stock price drop during a bull market is the most important piece of data, as someone else noted.

UA is a big deal in Baltimore and Maryland generally. The founder is a Terp alum and has given lots of $$$ to the athletic programs there.
 
#118      
Under Armour also terminated its deals with UCLA and Cal. I think Cincinnati agreed to a buy-out with them that shortens the deal by five years (I guess they still will be outfitted by them for a couple more years). Maybe they have stabilized things in the past year, but I wouldn't expect them to be shelling out a lot of money to non-top tier athletic programs. When most of their deals expire, they may just let them walk.

I get the appeal, because UA product for schools like Northwestern, Wisconsin & Notre Dame is very good. I just don't think it is very realistic that this move is an option for us. Couple that with adidas providing sub-par products, and that leaves Nike as the safest option, as underwhelming as that can be sometimes.
 
#119      
Richmond, VA
Equipment manager Trent Chesnut is 'a staple' of the Illini football program

“The process of putting each stripe on the helmet and making sure the ‘Block I’ decal was straight when a player wore the helmet took hours, but the social media reaction was favorable during a Week Zero game when the new-look helmets officially took the field.”
Somebody should check out Syracuse's helmets from their Rutgers game. What I saw were impeccable and may have been painted rather than stickers. Center stripes perfectly matched contours, gaps, and slits regardless of the helmet style or manufacturer and the S was perfectly placed on every helmet I saw.

Seriously, go check it out. I was amazed that a college helmet could be that well done (not the design, just the graphics application). It was remarkable.
 
#120