A Handy Guide to Nike Sponsorships After the Kaepernick Announcement

Nike’s pretty much stepped in it with about half of the American public when they chose Colin Kaepernick to be their new face of the Just Do It campaign.  Not many folks are willing to support the swoop by shelling out $200 on shoes and $100 on golf shirts.  However, showing your displeasure with Nike might be a little harder than you think.

That’s why, with the help of Wikipedia, I’ve made a list of Nike team sponsorships—just so you don’t accidentally drop some coin in Kaepernick’s pocket (actually, he’s already gotten paid, but you get the idea).

Nike sponsors all 32 NFL teams.  Sorry, won’t be buying a new JJ jersey this year.

Nike sponsors the NBA.  Nope.  No awesome Houston Rockets or San Antonio Spurs swag this year, either.

Nike does not sponsor Major League Baseball, so go ahead and splurge on some new Astros gear. 

Nike sponsors a whole bunch of Division I College teams, in fact, it might be worth noting who Nike doesn’t sponsor.

The only service academy that Nike does not sponsor is the Naval Academy.  Air Force and Army are sponsored by Nike.  Frankly, if I were the decision makers at the US Air Force Academy and the US Military Academy at West Point, I’d be reviewing the terms of the contracts right about now.

On the other hand, that blue and gold of Navy is super classy.  So, just do it!

The only major universities in Texas that are not sponsored by Nike are Texas Tech and Texas A&M.  Everyone else, Baylor, U of H, Texas, Rice, and TCU are sponsored.  Guns Up! And Gig ‘em! 

In the greatest football conference in the history of EVER, the SEC, the following teams are sponsored by Nike--Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Missouri, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.  The ones who are NOT sponsored by Nike?  Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and South Carolina.

So, I can feel good about ordering some new Auburn swag, and I'm gonna hold off on ordering that Texas gear.  They simply embarrassed themselves last weekend against Maryland (NOT sponsored by Nike). 

Have fun with this.  If you’re really unhappy with the decision to support a guy who wears Cops as Pigs socks, then donate all your old stuff to the homeless.  Including your Longhorn jerseys.

U.S. colleges sponsored by Nike

  • Air Force Falcons
  • Alabama Crimson Tide[90][91]
  • Albany Great Danes
  • Appalachian State Mountaineers
  • Arizona Wildcats
  • Arkansas Razorbacks
  • Army Black Knights
  • Baylor Bears football[92]
  • Belmont Bruins
  • Boise State Broncos
  • Bowling Green Falcons
  • Buffalo Bulls
  • Butler Bulldogs
  • BYU Cougars
  • Cal Poly Mustangs
  • Case Western Reserve Spartans[93]
  • Clemson Tigers
  • Colorado Buffaloes
  • Cornell Big Red
  • Creighton Bluejays
  • Davidson Wildcats
  • Duke Blue Devils
  • East Carolina Pirates
  • Florida Gators
  • Florida State Seminoles
  • Fort Wayne Mastodons
  • Fresno State Bulldogs
  • Georgia Bulldogs
  • Georgia Southern Eagles
  • Grand Canyon Antelopes[94]
  • Houston Cougars
  • Idaho Vandals
  • Illinois Fighting Illini
  • Illinois State Redbirds
  • Iowa Hawkeyes
  • Iowa State Cyclones
  • James Madison Dukes
  • Johns Hopkins Blue Jays
  • Kansas State Wildcats
  • Kent State Golden Flashes
  • Kentucky Wildcats
  • Little Rock Trojans
  • LSU Tigers and Lady Tigers
  • Marshall Thundering Herd
  • Memphis Tigers
  • Michigan State Spartans
  • Michigan Wolverines
  • Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • Missouri Tigers
  • Montana Grizzlies
  • Nevada Wolf Pack
  • North Carolina Tar Heels
  • Northern Iowa Panthers
  • Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Oklahoma Sooners
  • Oklahoma State Cowboys and Cowgirls
  • Ole Miss Rebels
  • Oregon Ducks
  • Oregon State Beavers
  • Penn State Nittany Lions
  • Pitt Panthers
  • Portland State Vikings
  • Purdue Boilermakers
  • Redlands Bulldogs
  • Rutgers Scarlet Knights (until 2017)[95]
  • San Diego State Aztecs
  • San Diego Toreros
  • San Francisco Dons
  • SMU Mustangs
  • Southern Miss Golden Eagles
  • Stanford Cardinal
  • Syracuse Orange
  • TCU Horned Frogs
  • Tennessee Volunteers
  • Texas Longhorns
  • Toledo Rockets
  • Tulsa Golden Hurricane
  • UAB Blazers
  • UCF Knights
  • UConn Huskies
  • UNLV Rebels
  • USC Trojans
  • Utah State Aggies
  • UTEP Miners
  • Valparaiso Crusaders[98]
  • Vanderbilt Commodores
  • Villanova Wildcats
  • Virginia Cavaliers
  • Virginia Tech Hokies
  • Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  • Washington Huskies
  • Washington State Cougars
  • West Virginia Mountaineers
  • WKU Hilltoppers and Lady Toppers

Yikes!  That's a lotta #BlackLivesMatter money.


Sandra Peterson
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