Florida Gators extend apparel contract with Nike

A Nike program since 1999, the Florida Gators recently signed a seven-year extension with the industry leader, pushing their contract through April 1, 2024.

According to the Portland Business Journal, which obtained a copy of Florida’s contract the week of Jan. 15, the Gators will receive “$3.1 million in Nike product this academic year, one of the highest product allowances in the country and up from the $2.1 million it was previously due.” That total will increase by $100,000 every two years, concluding with a $3.5 million allowance for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons.

In other words, UF will receive a combined total of $2.1 million more in equipment and apparel over the next two seasons than was originally agreed upon when it last signed a contract with Nike in 2013, along with a total over the subsequent five seasons that will provide it with one of the highest allowances in the country.

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Florida Gators to wear special Nike Hyper Elite uniforms vs. Tennessee

Florida Gators (13-13, 6-7 SEC) basketball may not be winning much in 2014-15 but that has not stopped Nike from including the program in its latest special uniform release that “fuse progressive, premium materials with school heritage.”

Florida will be one of six men’s programs to don new Hyper Elite Disruption uniforms, joining Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Arizona and Oregon; the UConn and Baylor women will also wear the uniforms.

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FOUR BITS: Elam, McDonald, Nike, Wilbekin

1 » The Florida Gators announced on Tuesday that Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam will play the role of honorary Mr. Two-Bits ahead of Florida’s clash with the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday afternoon. In doing so, Elam will be the first active NFL player to come back and take the honorary duties of wearing the Mr. Two-Bits ensemble and leading the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium crowd in a pre-game cheer. The honorary Mr. Two-Bits concept has been a highlight for the Gators over the last two seasons with numerous former players (football and otherwise) taking the field including Wes Chandler, Errict Rhett, Lito Sheppard and Danny Wuerffel. Elam’s Ravens are on their bye week, which will allow him to travel down to Gainesville, Florida.

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Florida Gators Nike camouflage sneakers, t-shirt

Two of eight teams set to play in a military-themed game aboard an aircraft carrier on Nov. 9, the Florida Gators and Georgetown Hoyas will be wearing camouflage-style uniforms when the teams square off in Jacksonville, FL on the deck of the USS Bataan in the Navy/Marine Corps Classic.

On Thursday, fans got a sneak peak at what will likely be the uniform that Florida will wear for the special game. It is a version of the team’s current orange alternates (introduced in 2011-12) infused with a noticeable camouflage pattern.

The Gators will also be wearing these shoes (below), the Nike Hyperfuse 2012 “Carrier Classic” Florida PE, during the game. The camouflage is digitized and off-set by an eye-catching blue fabric as well as a blue translucent sole.

Nike has also released a special “United We Stand.” t-shirt that can be purchased by fans to commemorate the occasion. The t-shirt, pictured below and available for sale here, is blue with orange camouflage letters.

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FOUR BITS: Caldwell, Tebow, Nike, Donovan

1 » The same day that the Denver Broncos shipped quarterback Tim Tebow off to the New York Jets, the team acquired one of his former wide receivers with the Florida Gators. Denver and WR Andre Caldwell, a free agent who played for the Cincinnati Bengals last season, agreed to terms on a two-year contract Wednesday. Caldwell was vastly underutilized in Cincinnati mostly because there were always a number of talented wide receivers ahead of him on the depth chart. A four-year NFL veteran, he has never registered more than 432 yards in a single season (2009) or caught more than three touchdowns (2009, 2011) though he has been productive when given an opportunity. For example, Caldwell started the final three games of the 2010 season and accumulated more than 80 yards in each contest.

2 » In a conference call with reporters Wednesday night, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum explained the team’s acquisition of Tebow from the Broncos. Tannenbaum said that “Mark Sanchez is, has been and will be our starting quarterback” but that the team is adding Tebow “to be our backup and be used in other packages.” He made it clear that the team currently has two men (head coach Rex Ryan and former Miami head coach now offensive coordinator Tony Sparano) “who lost to Tim last year” and that the team has been interested in Tebow for quite some time going back to his days with the Gators. Tannenbaum added, “How many plays Tim plays in one game, Rex and Tony will decide that. But we have a vision for the player, we have a role for the player. […] He’s a great competitor. He’s going to come in next year and help us win.”

3 » In conjunction with the Gators Nike Sportswear Basketball apparel set written about by OGGOA and released by the company in February, a new commercial featuring the basketball program – “Florida Gators: Rise as One” – was released on YouTube on Wednesday. You can check it out below:

4 » The Sweet 16 in the West Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament is filled with three top-of-the-line college basketball head coaches – Florida’s Billy Donovan, Louisville’s Rick Pitino and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo – as well as a big-time up-and-comer in Marquette’s Buzz Williams. However two of those four men, Donovan and Pitino, have forged a very special and unique relationship that dates back decades. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Eisenberg took a look at that relationship in a feature published Wednesday in The Dagger sports blog. You can check it out by clicking here.

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Florida’s Nike Sportswear Basketball apparel set

Nike has released a brand new apparel set as part of the Nike Sportswear Basketball line for the Florida Gators as well as five of the other seven men’s teams that received Hyper Elite Platinum uniforms from the company (with he exception of North Carolina, which is being replaced by Michigan State).

Courtesy of NikeBlog.com, you can take a look at pictures of the “vintage-style” Florida apparel including an AW77 hoodie, crew sweatshirt, T-shirt, destroyer jacket and camouflage hat…all available after the jump (click below).

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FOUR BITS: Wambach, Nike, Tebow, Powell

1 » Former Florida Gators striker Abby Wambach is at it again for the U.S. Women’s National Team, leading the United States to a 4-0 win over Canada in the 2012 CONCACAF championship game. Though both teams had already qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, the Americans wanted to end the event on a high note and did just that thanks to a pair of goals each by Wambach and forward Alex Morgan. Wambach also had the assist on one of Morgan’s goals, and Morgan returned the favor with a pair of assists on her scores. The 2012 World Cup star has moved into second all-time on the international scoring list with 131 goals but is still shy of tying Mia Hamm at 158.

2 » Now you can look just like the Florida basketball players will against Tennessee by owning the brand new Nike Hyper Elite Platinum jersey and shorts set from the OGGOA Store. The products, available in limited quantities, were just added to the store on Tuesday but are now for sale. Just click here to go to the store and scroll down to see the items on the front page. Get them delivered by Feb. 6 and root on the Gators while also supporting this site at the same time!

3 » In addition to being a featured guest on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow will also visit ESPN2’s First Take on Friday for an interview with Skip Bayless. He will probably wind up making other appearances as well, but Tebow is set to conclude his week of spots in Indianapolis, IN by showing up for the inaugural NFL Honors post-season award show, which airs Saturday at 9 p.m. on NBC.

4 » Despite having concerns about his academics, four-star Florida linebacker commit Jeremi Powell does indeed plan on signing with the Gators on Wednesday and not with Marshall, the school he visited over the weekend. ESPN has posted a new feature on Powell, which focuses not on his abilities as a football player but rather the fact that he “has survived homelessness and the resulting anger that almost consumed him.”

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Florida to wear Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniforms

Nine national championship-winning NCAA basketball teams, including the Florida Gators, will don specially designed Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniforms this season.

The Gators will wear theirs for the first time during a home game against Tennessee on Feb. 11 at 4 p.m..

The uniform, which Nike claims was “designed at the intersection of sustainability and performance,” consists of shorts made from 100 percent and jersey fabric constructed with 96 percent recycled polyester.

“Both short and jersey are tailored for the optimal efficiency of movement and are five percent lighter than the previous Nike Hyper Elite uniform,” the company explains regarding the uniforms. “Featuring laser-cut bonded logos, a sharp platinum design as well as prominent accent colors, the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniforms are sure to shine on the court.”

Aside from Florida, eight other national championship-winning programs that have provided with the special uniforms include: Arizona, Baylor (women’s), Connecticut (men’s and women’s), Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Syracuse.

The Gators’ regular uniforms this season are also part of the Nike Hyper Elite line.

Jerseys, t-shirts and hats promoting the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum line are expected to be on sale closer to the game date of each respective team wearing the uniforms.

According to Florida’s media guide, the Gators have never worn grey uniforms since head coach Billy Donovan took over the program in 1996. Florida is 270-56 all-time in white, 79-78 all-time in blue, 14-12 all-time in black and 3-2 all-time in orange. The Gators are undefeated this season (2-0) in their alternate orange uniforms.

Check out three additional images of the uniform…after the break!
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