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Syracuse Nearing Apparel Renewal With Long-Time Partner Nike

Syracuse has long seen Nike as a valuable partner for the school's basketball program
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Syracuse Univ. "continues to progress toward an expected new apparel deal with Nike" that would extend the school's relationship with the company past its current expiration later this year, according to Chris Carlson of the Syracuse POST-STANDARD. Syracuse AD John Wildhack said that he "continues to negotiate only with Nike" after receiving interest last year from both Adidas and Under Armour. He said, "We've made significant progress. We're moving in the right direction there." Carlson noted Nike has been an "incredibly valuable partner for the school's basketball program," as Syracuse has often received "unique clothing, from playing occasional games in script jerseys to specifically-designed Pearl Washington warm-up shirts." Nike's relationship with the football program has been a "little more frustrating for fans, who have been unable to purchase orange jerseys and have expressed mixed feelings about the team's re-designed uniforms" (SYRACUSE.com, 2/7).