This is Umbro’s second sponsorship spell with the club, which started in 2007 and will run to the end of the current 2012/13 season. After the end of this season, all sports goods – all kits, training wear and related products – will be designed and distributed by Nike until 2016.
Rovers’ head of commercial and marketing, Greg Coar, said:
“We are delighted to confirm that Rovers are set to start a new partnership with Nike.
“We are certain that our supporters will be excited by this new partnership and will be looking forward to seeing the iconic blue-and-white halves and the world famous Nike brand on our kits this summer.”
Speaking about the sponsorship deal, GM Nike UK Football, Gareth Hosford, said:
“We are delighted to add Blackburn Rovers to the Nike football family.
“We look forward to building on the successful partnership the club has already enjoyed with Umbro and working closely with the club and the fans over the coming seasons.”
There is no news about what design changes Nike might bring to the Blackburn kit but the American manufacturers have a good history of dealing with clubs two-colour themes – Barcelona, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Celtic, etc.
Also, this is not the first time Nike has taken over a kit sponsorship deal from its subsdiary, Umbro. Only last year, The English FA announced the deal that saw Nike replace Umbro as the England sponsor.