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Nike to replace Adidas in NBA clothing deal

/ 12:01 PM June 11, 2015

In this April 29, 2014 file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a press conference in New York. Sporting goods giant Nike reached an eight-year deal June 10, 2015 to become the exclusive on-court apparel provider for the NBA. The contract takes effect in the 2017-2018 season, replacing a deal between the National Basketball Association and Adidas, which expires after the 2016-2017 season. "This partnership with Nike represents a new paradigm in the structure of our global merchandising business," said Silver. AFP FILE PHOTO

In this April 29, 2014 file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a press conference in New York. Sporting goods giant Nike reached an eight-year deal June 10, 2015 to become the exclusive on-court apparel provider for the NBA. The contract takes effect in the 2017-2018 season, replacing a deal between the National Basketball Association and Adidas, which expires after the 2016-2017 season. “This partnership with Nike represents a new paradigm in the structure of our global merchandising business,” said Silver. AFP FILE PHOTO

NEW YORK–Sporting goods giant Nike reached an eight-year deal Wednesday to become the exclusive on-court apparel provider for the NBA.

The contract takes effect in the 2017-2018 season, replacing a deal between the National Basketball Association and Adidas, which expires after the 2016-2017 season.

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“This partnership with Nike represents a new paradigm in the structure of our global merchandising business,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

“As our exclusive on-court apparel provider, Nike will be instrumental in our collective efforts to grow the game globally while applying the latest in technology to the design of our uniforms and on-court products.”

Nike has targeted basketball as a major growth business due in part to surging interest in the sport in major emerging economies, especially China.

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In 2014, Nike’s revenues from basketball rose 19 percent to $3.1 billion, about 11 percent of total sales.

Nike already sponsors many leading basketball stars, including LeBron James, who Tuesday led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 2-1 lead in the NBA finals against the Golden State Warriors.

In after-hours trade, Nike shares rose 0.8 percent to $104.19.

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