Major League Baseball, Nike and Fanatics announced a new 10-year global partnership that makes Nike the Official Uniform and Footwear Supplier of MLB starting in the 2020 season. The new cooperation among the three organizations will provide Major League Baseball players with uniforms developed by Nike's team of innovative designers
Major League Baseball, Nike and Fanatics announced a new 10-year global partnership that makes Nike the Official Uniform and Footwear Supplier of MLB starting in the 2020 season. The new cooperation among the three organizations will provide Major League Baseball players with uniforms developed by Nike's team of innovative designers and will provide fans with the widest assortment of MLB fan gear ever, manufactured and distributed by Fanatics.
Starting in 2020, Nike will be the exclusive provider of all MLB on-field uniforms, which will feature the Nike Swoosh, along with baselayer, game-day outerwear and all training apparel for the 30 MLB Clubs. Fanatics, the global leader for licensed sports merchandise, has been granted broad consumer product licensing rights to manage the manufacturing and distribution of the Nike MLB Authentic Collection, as well as Nike and Fanatics fan gear, sold through the retail community, including MLBShop.com, MLB clubs and brick & mortar stores.
Enhancing both assortment and speed-to-market of MLB products, Fanatics will utilize its vertical commerce model to create and distribute a wide range of MLB fan apparel sold at retail, including jerseys, Postseason apparel, and hot market gear that captures the latest events happening on the field.
"Nike's global brand and reputation as a leader in marketing and driving innovation makes them an ideal partner," said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. "In addition, Fanatics is a valuable partner who has proven to serve our fans with speed, agility and quality service. We're very excited about the possibilities this unique arrangement provides us over the next decade."
In addition, Nike will continue as an official MLB sponsor, supporting league initiatives, grassroots marketing and fan events. Nike, as part of the new agreement, will partner with all 30 MLB Clubs and promote its brand and products across MLB media assets including MLB Network, MLB.com, and MLB Social.
The world's leading performance brand will utilize its Nike Baseball athletes in official MLB uniforms across its advertising and promotions. Nike currently has endorsement relationships with over 500 MLB and Minor League players including Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton, George Springer, José Ramirez, Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, Javier Báez and Nolan Arenado to name a few.
"We're thrilled to bring more innovation and creativity to Major League Baseball and the incredible athletes who play the game," said Tom Peddie, VP/GM of Nike North America. "This is an exciting time for baseball, and we look forward to partnering with MLB to grow the sport both across America as well as around the globe."
"Given the continued rise in real-time demand by both fans and retailers, this three-way partnership will ensure MLB fans always have access to the products they crave regardless how, where or when they want to shop," said Michael Rubin, Fanatics Founder and Executive Chairman. "This progressive approach around joining forces between an elite performance brand and the innovative vertical capabilities of Fanatics continues to be the future model for licensed sports merchandise."
About Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. Major League Baseball is the best-attended sport in North America, and since 2004, MLB has enjoyed its best-attended seasons in the history of the game. Led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB currently features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports. MLB remains committed to making an impact in the communities of the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, perpetuating the sport's larger role in society and permeating every facet of baseball's business, marketing and community relations endeavors. With the continued success of MLB Network and MLB digital platforms, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America's National Pastime and a truly global game. For more information on Major League Baseball, visit www.MLB.com.
About NIKE, Inc.
NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Ore., is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiary brands include Converse, which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Hurley, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, Nike's earnings releases and other financial information are available at http://investors.nike.com. Individuals can also visit http://news.nike.com/ and follow @Nike.
As the global leader in licensed sports merchandise, Fanatics is changing the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel and jerseys through an innovative, tech-infused approach to making and selling fan gear in today's on-demand culture. Operating multi-channel commerce for the world's biggest sports brands, Fanatics offers the largest collection of timeless and timely merchandise whether shopping online, on your phone, in stores, in stadiums or on-site at the world's biggest sporting events.