October 2, 2009 |
Nike said yesterday it does not have a "contractual relationship" with Michael Vick, a day after the quarterback's agent announced a deal with the manufacturer. In a statement, Nike said it has "agreed to supply product to Michael Vick as we do a number of athletes who are not under contract with Nike. " Vick's agent Joel Segal told Sports Business Journal for a story published yesterday that Vick looked forward to continuing his relationship with Nike, adding that the player and company had agreed not to release terms of the deal.
July 1, 2011 |
The Michael Vick comeback story has come full circle. Nearly four years after he was dumped by Nike, the Eagles quarterback was re-signed for promotional services by the worldwide leader in sports sneakers and apparel, according to the company. "We have re-signed Michael Vick as a Nike athlete," spokesman Derek Kent said Friday. "Michael acknowledges his past mistakes. We do not condone those actions, but we support the positive changes he has made to better himself off the field.
July 5, 2002 |
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper is being sued by Nike Inc. to prevent him from doing an advertisement for rival sports apparel maker Reebok International Ltd. In the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Oregon, Nike argues that Culpepper renewed his contract with Nike in October 2001, but violated that contract when he agreed to do an ad for Reebok. The complaint says Nike would suffer serious, irreparable harm if Culpepper can endorse a competitor's products.
July 31, 1992 |
Liz Dolan says five minutes on the medal stand won't make anyone think Michael Jordan or any other Nike clients represent Reebok. "You'd have to have been living in a cave to think that," said Dolan, Nike's vice president of corporate communications. "In Michael's case, he'd wear (the official uniform) for five minutes; he'll wear our shoes his entire career. There's no risk that anyone will think he's affiliated with anyone but Nike. " That's why, Dolan said, Nike is encouraging all of its Olympic medal- winners to wear the official medal ceremony uniform, which is a Reebok product.
October 18, 2012 |
LANCE ARMSTRONG stepped down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity, and Nike severed ties with him as fallout from the doping scandal swirling around the famed cyclist escalated Wednesday. Radio Shack also announced it had severed its ties, and Anheuser-Busch said it would not renew its contract with him when it expires at the end of the year. Armstrong announced his move at the charity in an early-morning statement. Within minutes, Nike said it would end its relationship with him "due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade.
March 31, 1997 |
Meet Phil Knight, the mastermind behind Nike who made the swoosh as recognizable as the golden arches. Knight started selling running shoes out of the trunk of his car. The business came to be called Nike, which in Greek mythology is the goddess of victory. The famous swoosh was designed by a graphic-arts student, who was paid less than $100. Today, Knight's personal fortune is estimated at $5.2 billion, making him one of the six richest Americans. The Sporting News called him the second most powerful man in sports, behind only Dick Ebersol, president of NBC Sports.
October 1, 2009 |
Michael Vick gained some money and lost some yesterday. Vick resumed his relationship with Nike, signing an endorsement deal that will include shoes, gear and apparel. According to the Sports Business Journal, Vick and Nike officials agreed not to discuss the terms of the agreement. "Mike has had a great relationship with Nike and is excited to be part of the Nike team again," Vick's agent, Joel Segal, told the Sports Business Journal. Meanwhile, according to federal court filings in Newport News, Va., Vick agreed to repay at least $416,000 that he is accused of illegally withdrawing from a pension plan.
December 19, 1991 |
Environmental officials are cleaning up an underground fuel spill on the grounds of the former Nike missile base in Warrington. An undetermined amount of diesel fuel, once used to heat buildings on the 16-acre site, seeped from three tanks on the property at Bradley and Folly Roads, according to Lawrence Piazza, project engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers. The leakage was discovered last Thursday during excavation on the property, he said. Ground-water monitors have been placed throughout the site and there have been no reports of contamination of nearby private wells, Piazza said.
February 12, 1992 |
Michael Jordan isn't alone. That is because the 76ers' Charles Barkley has signed a group licensing exemption from NBA Properties that will give Nike exclusive rights to his likeness. The Bulls' Jordan signed his exemption last month; Barkley signed his during last weekend's All-Star Game activities in Orlando. "That's the way it's got to be," Barkley said obliquely last night. "I don't want to get in an argument with anybody. My attorney advised me to sign, and that's the way it's going to be. It's one of those hierarchy decisions.
January 1, 1994 |
So have you seen those new Nike athletic-shoe commercials? The ones featuring actor Dennis Hopper hopping around like a crazed ex-referee weirdo? Perhaps you liked them. Perhaps you didn't understand them. (You wouldn't be alone.) Perhaps you hated them. (You wouldn't be alone.) Whatever, the four commercials for Nike's new Air Veer cross-training shoes have rankled some in the mental-health community, who fear that the character Hopper has created could perpetuate stereotypes.