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Adidas goes insane, writes Indiana huge check for unknown reasons

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I'd expect over time, Adidas will be concentrating on a smaller number of major schools so they may be willing to throw a lot more money at them. So far, they've gained Miami and ASU and lost Tennessee, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, and Northwestern. They will be losing Michigan and Wisconsin next.

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makes sense to me, IU basketball is a huge brand.

They traded Michigan and Notre Dame football for a basketball program that has seen better days and a football program that has gone bowling once in the last two decades. This is a strategic blunder no matter how you slice it.

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makes sense to me, IU basketball is a huge brand.

They traded Michigan and Notre Dame football for a basketball program that has seen better days and a football program that has gone bowling once in the last two decades. This is a strategic blunder no matter how you slice it.

All the college rights deals are going up. Its just a reflection of the changing cost of doing business with colleges. I don't think you'll see too many power 5 conference contacts be below $4 or 5 million a year anymore. Cincinnati reportedly just got $5 million from UA for example and they play in whatever the remains of the Big East is called.

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makes sense to me, IU basketball is a huge brand.

They traded Michigan and Notre Dame football for a basketball program that has seen better days and a football program that has gone bowling once in the last two decades. This is a strategic blunder no matter how you slice it.

All the college rights deals are going up. Its just a reflection of the changing cost of doing business with colleges. I don't think you'll see too many power 5 conference contacts be below $4 or 5 million a year anymore. Cincinnati reportedly just got $5 million from UA for example and they play in whatever the remains of the Big East is called.

The answer we were looking for was the American Athletic Conference. But it's amazing that a small program, albeit an up and coming program, like Cincinnati can get a sum of money like that.

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makes sense to me, IU basketball is a huge brand.

They traded Michigan and Notre Dame football for a basketball program that has seen better days and a football program that has gone bowling once in the last two decades. This is a strategic blunder no matter how you slice it.

doesn't matter. still a huge BRAND

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makes sense to me, IU basketball is a huge brand.

They traded Michigan and Notre Dame football for a basketball program that has seen better days and a football program that has gone bowling once in the last two decades. This is a strategic blunder no matter how you slice it.

doesn't matter. still a huge BRAND

Exactly. Notre Dame football hasn't won a title in decades, yet our last two deals have been the largest in the nation at the time they were signed. If the brand is strong the merch will sell and the supplier will get big time exposure, making it worth the cost.

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makes sense to me, IU basketball is a huge brand.

They traded Michigan and Notre Dame football for a basketball program that has seen better days and a football program that has gone bowling once in the last two decades. This is a strategic blunder no matter how you slice it.

doesn't matter. still a huge BRAND

Is it though? I don't see nearly the amount of Indiana stuff around as I do for Notre Dame or Michigan.

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makes sense to me, IU basketball is a huge brand.

They traded Michigan and Notre Dame football for a basketball program that has seen better days and a football program that has gone bowling once in the last two decades. This is a strategic blunder no matter how you slice it.

doesn't matter. still a huge BRAND

Is it though? I don't see nearly the amount of Indiana stuff around as I do for Notre Dame or Michigan.

Yes, it absolutely is. They may not be winning titles these days but the Hoosiers are college basketball. Their look is so simple yet extremely recognizable. Brandon is right, huge brand.

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makes sense to me, IU basketball is a huge brand.

They traded Michigan and Notre Dame football for a basketball program that has seen better days and a football program that has gone bowling once in the last two decades. This is a strategic blunder no matter how you slice it.

doesn't matter. still a huge BRAND

Is it though? I don't see nearly the amount of Indiana stuff around as I do for Notre Dame or Michigan.

Yes, it absolutely is. They may not be winning titles these days but the Hoosiers are college basketball. Their look is so simple yet extremely recognizable. Brandon is right, huge brand.

I understand their place in college basketball. I just don't think it translates that much to merchandise sales. I haven't seen numbers so this is just what I've noticed, but I wouldn't say that IU is close to the same level of being a huge brand like Notre Dame or Michigan.

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The Hoosiers aren't college basketball (there are about 10-12 schools with a larger CBB pedigree) and the brand has devalued ever since Bob Knight left.

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I am assuming Adidas knows the writing is on the wall. They lost Michigan and are going to lose Wisconsin. I'm sure they have a suspicion that Nebraska won't be far behind. I'm sure Indiana said they will be moving on to either UnderArmor or Nike... and Adidas caved. I don't see how any of the big 3 uniform providers could stay viable in college sportswear if they don't have at least 1 school in each of the major 5 conferences. Nebraska may have told Adidas they are done once their contract is up. So Adidas panicked and paid the Hoosiers a ridiculous amount. It would make sense if it was Michigan/Michigan State/Ohio State/Penn State/Nebraska... schools with rich heritage and major national support... but its Indiana... the school that has all but been forgotten by the B1G.

Good for Indiana... or bad for Indiana... depends how you look at it.

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makes sense to me, IU basketball is a huge brand.

They traded Michigan and Notre Dame football for a basketball program that has seen better days and a football program that has gone bowling once in the last two decades. This is a strategic blunder no matter how you slice it.

doesn't matter. still a huge BRAND

Only if you're interested in the reversible-depending-on-season-and-fortune Indiana/Notre Dame fanwear market. Which you can't control because you just lost the Papists.

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makes sense to me, IU basketball is a huge brand.

They traded Michigan and Notre Dame football for a basketball program that has seen better days and a football program that has gone bowling once in the last two decades. This is a strategic blunder no matter how you slice it.

doesn't matter. still a huge BRAND

Is it though? I don't see nearly the amount of Indiana stuff around as I do for Notre Dame or Michigan.

Yes, it absolutely is. They may not be winning titles these days but the Hoosiers are college basketball. Their look is so simple yet extremely recognizable. Brandon is right, huge brand.

they were a huge BRAND at one time but that's brand's value has eroded significantly over the last two decades...outside of the state, indiana doesn't hold much interest anymore.

lastly having a huge BRAND doesn't mean :censored: if you can't monetize it to a profit...since we don't know what adi's ROI will be until after the contract is over, the safe bet to say that it's very tough to tell if this is a good or bad move.

reebok was a huge BRAND once and look at them now once adidas acquired them.

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Adidas sees the program as an investment, not a purchase... it is a marketable and expandable asset that will gain value and prestige under the Adidas brand. I think some of you are fundamentally underestimating the marketing power of one of the most notable sports apparel companies on earth backing a big-name collegiate program... the Hoosier name is extremely marketable on a national stage.

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Is this the same marketing power that led to one of the most notable sports apparel companies losing all kinds of big clients??

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Is this the same terrible Indiana that best SEC East Champ Mizzou?

Every team has their bad days. Mizzou's was just worse than others.

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