Archive for Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lawrence school board sizes up apparel deal for high schools

October 26, 2010


Following a path already cleared by Kansas University, Lawrence and Free State high schools are lining up to score uniforms, apparel and accessories through exclusive contracts involving adidas, the global sporting goods company.

Even if the numbers involved are a bit different.

“It’s a whole different scale,” laughed Matt Brungardt, principal of LHS.

Under proposed three-year contracts, each of the two schools would receive $11,500 worth of adidas apparel, equipment or other products from the global company, plus another $22,500 of adidas products provided by Lawrence-based Francis Sporting Goods.

Athletes at the two schools also would be able to buy adidas gear at a discount: 35 percent off for shoes, and 40 percent off for other items — from soccer socks to football gloves to baseball caps and everything in between — through a dedicated website.

Discounts also would apply for all of the schools’ students on all adidas products available at the Francis store, 731 Mass.

“It’ll be a great opportunity,” Brungardt said. “To me, I don’t see a downside.”

The proposed contracts await approval next month by members of the Lawrence school board, who last year cut the district’s athletics budgets by more than $100,000. Members said Monday they wanted more information about the role of nondistrict funds in athletics before moving forward.

“It merits some discussion about how we, as a district, are engaging commercialization of our schools,” said Rich Minder, board president.

Earlier this year, adidas inked a three-year, $11,500-in-products pact for Perry-Lecompton High School, and officials at Baldwin High School also have been approached.

Kansas Athletics Inc. is in the midst of an eight-year, $26.67 million all-sports contract with adidas, a deal that provides KU with about half the amount in product and about half the total in cash.


Danimal 7 years, 7 months ago

Wouldn't it be cool if major corporations would sponsor academics and not just athletics on a local level like this? I know that's totally unrealistic, academics could never be as important as sports.

hail2oldku 7 years, 7 months ago

Danimal, they already do. Of course that takes away a perfectly good bitching opportunity for you. Wouldn't want the facts to get in the way though.

Loretta James 7 years, 7 months ago

they ought to get back to reading, writingn and math.

dragonwagon2 7 years, 7 months ago

What if we don't make it about which is more important?

Athletic gear is very expensive and the brunt of that expense is born by the parents. If parents can't afford to buy the gear, the student frequently doesn't get to play. Or doesn't even try.

Academics is very important too, but it sure doesn't require as much "gear". I agree that it would be good to see some corporations come up with equipment in the form of electronics, etc.

readit 7 years, 7 months ago

I think it sounds great. I was shocked to move here from another state and find out how many out-of-pocket costs there were for my child to go to Free State, academically and athletically. I know the coaches hate to have their hands out constantly for uniforms and basics.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

"Athletes at the two schools also would be able to buy adidas gear at a discount: 35 percent off for shoes, and 40 percent off for other items "

Discount off of what? List prices? It'd be interesting to compare the prices actually paid with the prices that comparable products from other manufacturers/retailers offer without any discount.

LTownBaby 7 years, 7 months ago

Lawrence (6A schools) should get more than Baldwin and Perry. The only other question I have is will the kids be allowed to wear Nike? I know at KU, they can't!

monkeyspunk 7 years, 7 months ago

In some situations, baseball (and softball) in particular, adidas does not make equipment. Catcher's equipment, gloves, and bats aren't part of any adidas line.

Certain programs will have to go to other brands to fit some of their needs.

ECM 7 years, 7 months ago

How about wearing equipment from other manufacturers because it is superior to Adidas?

Gary Denning 7 years, 7 months ago

Somehow the KSHSAA will have something to say about this. HS kids getting a benefit from a sporting goods company?

Vinny1 7 years, 7 months ago

Schools all over the nation already do this.

BillybobThorten 7 years, 7 months ago

This is good. I wonder if it was shopped around though. $12500 is about 250 pairs of shoes.

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