Sunday, December 28, 2014

Auburn-Wisconsin: Outback Bowl Uniform Preview

It's been just over a month since Auburn played their last football game. Wisconsin played in the B1G Championship game, so they're only three weeks removed from their last game. That leaves these two teams plenty of time to rest up, study enough film to go cross-eyed, and enjoy a good week in Tampa, Fla. to bask in the sunshine. Just as I do every week, let's take a look at the uniforms these two teams will be wearing on New Year's Day.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Auburn and...Adidas? What an Apparel Contract is Actually Worth

Last Friday, it was announced that Arizona State had agreed to terms with adidas, ending a 10 year partnership with Nike. ASU and adidas had previously worked together for four years prior to Nike outfitting all Sun Devil athletics in 2004. This news initially surprised me. Arizona State and Nike worked on a giant project to rebrand their entire athletic department prior to the 2009 season. ASU is able to break out multiple new uniforms each and every year, thanks to Nike. And now they have gone from that to being outfitting by a company many believed to be slowly backing out of college football uniforms. After reading about the switch, the reason became clear. Money. Well, that's obvious, but it's true. Arizona State University Vice President for Athletics Ray Anderson has been on record trying to grow the athletic department's revenue. Which is fine and all. But when you sell naming rights for the stadiums renovation project, not the stadium itself, you have to wonder where the line is. But that's for another day.