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UNLV, Nike Renew Sponsorship Agreement

Deal Runs Through May of 2022

July 23, 2019 - 8:53 am

LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - UNLV Athletics and Nike will continue their decades-long relationship through the signing of a new, three-year agreement through May 2022, Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois announced Tuesday. Industry-leading Nike will remain the exclusive athletic footwear, apparel and accessories sponsor of UNLV Athletics.

The new apparel contract is valued at $9 million in retail product and doubles the annual Nike product allotment to UNLV over the previous agreement.


"UNLV's positive momentum continues with the extension of our long-standing affiliation with one of the most recognizable brands in the world," Reed-Francois said. "We appreciate the input we received throughout this inclusive process from our coaches and staff, as well as from our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, who had an important voice in the process. We are excited for the future and grateful for Nike's commitment to UNLV Athletics."

Worth $3 million per year in retail product, Nike will provide UNLV $2 million in annual product allotment, with UNLV purchasing approximately $1 million in additional product per year. In the previous agreement which expired on May 31, 2019, UNLV received $1 million in annual product allotment from Nike and purchased $800,000 in product per year. 

Tony Sanchez, UNLV Football Head Coach - "Our relationship with Nike has helped our football program develop a memorable Las Vegas-branded look that is a big part of what we're doing here as we celebrate our great city. We look forward to continuing to work with such a great partner."

T.J. Otzelberger, UNLV Men's Basketball Head Coach - "The Runnin' Rebels have been wearing Nike for decades and it is a big reason why our program is recognized globally. It means a great deal for us and our tradition to continue being a Nike school. Our current and future student-athletes are excited about the partnership with Nike."

Kathy Olivier, UNLV Women's Basketball Head Coach - "We are extremely happy to continue our long-standing relationship. Nike has been outstanding partners with UNLV and the Lady Rebels and the equipment, gear and shoes are second to none. Being a Nike school is a huge benefit to our program and our student-athletes, as well as with our recruiting."

Sean Gage, UNLV Swimmer and Co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee - "As a member of the UNLV Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's leadership group, I appreciated the opportunity to be involved in the process. The student-athletes at UNLV have enjoyed being able to wear Nike gear and look forward to continuing with such a great brand."

Gage Johnson, UNLV Rebel Girls & Company member and Co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee- "Nike resonates with UNLV student-athletes and the feedback we received from our fellow Rebels was an overwhelming preference to remain with them. Thank you to Desiree for including us in the discussion."