Washington’s athletic director apparently knows there will be some blowback to the team’s Adidas uniforms in 2019.
The Huskies signed a deal with Adidas to replace Nike as the school’s athletic supplier starting in the summer of 2019. That means Washington has one more season with Nike football uniforms before switching to Adidas for the 2019 season.
And Jennifer Cohen admitted to the Seattle Times that approval of the new Adidas uniforms next year won’t be universal.
“I’m going to go on record right now: Not everybody’s going to love them,” she said. “But (tradition) will be the spirit behind our decision-making when we go into that process.”
It’s pretty simple to explain why Washington is swapping Nike for Adidas: money. The 10-year contract averages $12 million a year, a big hike from what the school was getting from Nike. Thursday’s ratification of the deal comes as more allegations of players being paid to go to Adidas-supplied schools were revealed.
Adidas outfits schools like Arizona State, Louisville, Miami and Nebraska. The agreement with Washington gives the apparel supplier another Pac-12 team to replace UCLA, which now has a deal with Under Armour after previously being an Adidas school.
If Cohen’s comments are any indication, we’d guess Washington’s new uniforms will look more like Nebraska’s than Arizona State’s. While the Sun Devils’ uniforms have been, uh, outspoken at times, Nebraska’s Adidas uniforms have stayed fairly traditional. The school’s 1997 tribute uniforms looked very similar to its regular 2017 uniforms.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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