Three of the SMBA ’18 cohort – Tom, Drew, and Forrest – dive deep into E-Sports, talking about the major players involved and whether we’re seeing a bubble in the industry. Drew and Forrest also issue a challenge to each other.
We have known for over two years that Nike will be the new official uniform provider of the NBA starting next season. They will be taking over from adidas, the current supplier. Lisa Piken Koper, the NBA’s Vice President of Global Partnerships, did a quick interview with Brett Pollakoff of Fox Sports talking about the upcoming uniform switch. The interview was posted on June 5.
One thing stood out to me, and several other uniform critics (i.e. nerds). Here is the notable quote from Koper:
“Stance will continue to be a partner from a licensing perspective, and will have rights to bring lifestyle socks to retail. But Nike will be the on-court sock starting next season.”
Stance is a sock and apparel company based here in Southern California, San Clemente specifically. They are known for their creative designs in both the athletic and lifestyle spaces. The company also has a contract as the official on-field sock of the MLB. They were able to spice up the NBA’s sock game from their former drab all black or white socks. The team colors and original designs gave the NBA players’ ankles much more character.
Will this switch from Stance to Nike socks lead us from a technicolor display back to the stone age of black-and-white stockings? Don’t fret. Uniform nerds across the Twitter-verse and blogosphere will keep you updated.
The Sports MBA Podcast returns with Manny Anekal of E-Sports publication The Next Level! Manny stops by to answer some of SMBA ’18’s questions about E-Sports, and a few of the cohort get a crash course in the booming industry.
This past Saturday, five students from the Sports MBA class of 2018, Amie Callaway, Kanta Ito, Forrest Lockwood, Nick Loewen, and Coley Mills, took the short drive up the coast to Carlsbad High School to volunteer for Special Olympics Southern California at their San Diego Region Spring Games. The five assisted with scorekeeping for basketball, officiating duties for bocce ball, and post-Games duties. Click through to see what a few of them had to say about the experience.