Rob Mullens negotiates porkalicious deal with Nike for Duck athletics cash

12/7/2017: All the cash and apparel goes to the Duck Athletic department, except for a cut of the royalties for the academic side. Academic Departments will have to contract with Nike if they want to sell t-shirts. More details in the Register Guard here:

Stanton said that the additional money from the deal would be used to keep up with department’s growing expenses “including the rising cost of scholarships and student-athlete support,” rather than being spent on new initiatives, facilities, or staff.

Really? Because I heard Mullens was planning to give the money to Willie Taggart. And last time I looked the Ducks were telling Duck Athletic Fund donors that it was their donations that paid for scholarships and student-athlete support. And you wouldn’t want to misinform the donors – there’s a state law about that, as Jamie Moffitt knows.

My apologies to GC Reed for blaming him for this deal in my first post below.

11/30/2017: GC Kevin Reed negotiates a vastly improved apparel deal with Nike

The details are still under negotiation, but the basics are on the UO Board website here (pdf p56):

I wonder how much of the $3M bonus and annual payments will go to the academic side?

In comparison the old deal was a giveaway – though the administration did get themselves some free sneakers out of it:

From Matthew Kish in the Portland Business Journal:

Here’s a breakdown of Nike’s [athletic apparel] deal with each university in the playoffs. The terms cover the 2014-15 academic year [reordered in descending order of cash payment]:

– Ohio State: $2.5 million in equipment and apparel and nearly $1.5 million in cash. The university also gets $150,000 in discretionary apparel, typically for athletic department personnel.

– Florida State: $3 million in equipment and apparel and $1.4 million in cash.

– Alabama: $2.8 million in equipment and apparel, $780,000 in cash.

– Oregon: $2.2 million in equipment and apparel and $600,000 in cash. The university also gets $185,000 in discretionary apparel, typically for athletic department personnel.

But hey, we’re #1 in “discretionary apparel”!

From what I can tell from Dave Hubin’s redacted public records, $30K of that goes to our colleagues in Johnson Hall, presumably including some who signed off on the contract. So they’ll be looking good on their Jan 1 Rose Bowl junkets.

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12 Responses to Rob Mullens negotiates porkalicious deal with Nike for Duck athletics cash

  1. Kevin Reed says:

    I appreciate the nod, but all I did was ink the deal (soon to be posted, if not already). Rob Mullens put the deal together.

  2. Kevin Reed says:

    And I should add, that a university attorney getting praise on UOMatters feels a bit like a babysitter getting the NAMBLA seal of approval ….

    • stay classy says:

      One of the things we enjoy about you is your open snarkiness, not like the behind closed door snarkiness of your predecessor. Plus, it looks like you’re out there hustling up revenues instead of costing us millions in settlements.

    • Isaiah says:

      The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and the scholar and the athlete shall find common cause in their coveting of fame and riches.

      Ye, and General Council shall lie down with UO Matters; and they shall banter together in jocular spirits; and the content of this drollery shall include pedophilia.

      Also, the cow and the bear shall graze.

      • uomatters says:

        You really think I’m the lamb?

        • Isaiah says:

          No roles, gendered, zoological or otherwise, assigned, assumed or applied. The scriptural quotation is only meant to stir the meditative spirit in Faithful Readers. It is a work of imaginative fiction and/or eschatological prophecy. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

    • Anonymous says:

      Nothing demonstrates that the University of Oregon has its thumb on the zeitgeist of contemporary discourse like the Chief General Counsel making a child rape joke on a public message board.

      • uomatters says:

        Lighten up. While General Counsel Reed has occasionally plied me with some fairly decent scotch, we are both well above the age of consent, and no penetration was attempted – something I can’t say about his predecessors.

  3. anonec says:

    Good progress – but two summer internships are part of the negotiations? Not sure it’s very flattering for UO.

  4. Paddy McPockets says:

    Since when are all those salary perks exempt from public disclosure? Or is UO now trying to say it has more than a handful of “top executives” with their hands in the cookie jar?

    • RaspOOtin says:

      Cookies for ALL!!!! (Also willing to discuss collective shares in cookie jar stocks.)