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Meet the First Nike Athlete With Cerebral Palsy

Sportswear company just signed runner Justin Gallegos

(Newser) - We dare you to watch without tearing up. A new video shows Justin Gallegos getting the surprise of a lifetime as he becomes the first Nike athlete with cerebral palsy, Yahoo Sports reports. Gallegos, a junior at the University of Oregon and a member of the school's running club,... More »

Louisiana Mayor Rescinds His Nike Ban

Says he did so on advice of city attorney

(Newser) - The mayor of a New Orleans suburb says he's rescinding his order banning his city's recreation department from purchasing Nike products for use at city recreation facilities, the AP reports. Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn said at a news conference Wednesday that he did so on the advice of... More »

Mayor Issues Memo Banning Nike Products

Parks and recreation department can no longer purchase Nike products, he says

(Newser) - The mayor of a New Orleans suburb is banning the city's parks and recreation department from purchasing Nike products, the AP reports. The memo by Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn to the parks and recreation director says Nike products cannot be purchased for use at the city's recreation facilities.... More »

Missouri College Dumps Its Nike Uniforms

College of the Ozarks accuses company of disrespecting America

(Newser) - Nike uniforms are vestimenta non grata at the College of the Ozarks after the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign. The private Christian college in Missouri announced Thursday that its athletic teams will no longer buy Nike uniforms and any it has now will be removed, the Kansas City Star... More »

Nike Reveals 'Dream Crazy' Kaepernick Commercial

Ad will appear during opening NFL telecast Thursday

(Newser) - "Don't ask if your dreams are crazy, ask if they're crazy enough," says Colin Kaepernick, urging viewers to reach for and exceed their wildest dreams in Nike's first full-length ad of its new campaign featuring the former San Francisco 49er. In the "Dream Crazy"... More »

Nike's 'Just Do It' Slogan Was Born From a 1977 Execution

Gary Gilmore uttered 'Let's do it' before his death by firing squad

(Newser) - Amid the reactions—most recently from President Trump and LeBron James —to Colin Kaepernick's new campaign with Nike in honor of its 30-year-old slogan comes an unusual sidebar from the Washington Post on the origins of those three words. As it turns out, "Just Do It" was... More »

LeBron Speaks on Nike Kaepernick Campaign

'I stand with Nike, all day, every day'

(Newser) - Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said on Tuesday that he "stands with Nike," a clear reference to the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign . The basketball superstar—and new Los Angeles Laker —made the remarks as he received an award Tuesday for both... More »

Trump Weighs In on Kaepernick's Nike Ad

'A terrible message'

(Newser) - The backlash over Colin Kaepernick's appearance in Nike's latest ad campaign continues: Now President Trump has weighed in. "I think it’s a terrible message," Trump tells the Daily Caller . "I think it’s a terrible message that they’re sending and the purpose of... More »

Nike Faces Backlash Over Kaepernick Campaign

He's the face of 'Just Do It' anniversary

(Newser) - Nike has taken its own advice to "Just Do It"—with the "It" being "Get involved in the NFL national anthem controversy." The company, days before the start of the new football season, has signed up former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the... More »

Awesome Nike Ad Features 9-Year-Old Serena Williams

Charts her path from child training with her dad to the US Open

(Newser) - Serena Williams went from training with her dad on the public courts in Compton to winning the US Open—six times so far. She's competing there again now, and in a new ad , Nike celebrates that incredible journey, Ad Age reports. The video combines shots of an adult Williams... More »

Paradise Papers Reveal Apple Found New Tax Haven

The channel island of Jersey

(Newser) - The financial secrets of many of the world's elites are trickling out thanks to the release of what are being called the Paradise Papers. The massive leak of internal documents from Bermuda-based law firm Appleby is spurring headlines like this one: "Lewis Hamilton avoided taxes on £17m... More »

Selling Nikes on Amazon Was a Lucrative Hustle—Until Now

Nike strikes deal with Amazon to crack down on 3rd-party sellers

(Newser) - Mike "Reezy" Rezendes II and three full-time employees scour Ross, Marshall's, and Nike Outlets for discounted sneakers and sell them for a slight markup on Amazon, making about $20 in profit per pair. Sam Cohen says he grossed about $1 million after mass-purchasing Nike products at 90% discounts... More »

Nike to Slash 1,400 Jobs, Cut Sneaker Styles in Shakeup

Company will focus more on sales online and in 12 key cities

(Newser) - Nike wants to be more nimble on its feet. The sneaker maker plans to sell more shoes directly to customers online as part of a restructuring in which it also will cut about 1,400 jobs, the AP reports. And it's reducing the number of sneaker and clothing styles... More »

Nike Introduces Hijab for Athletes

Athletes helped with the design

(Newser) - Nike has unveiled a hijab for Muslim female athletes, the AP reports. The Nike Pro Hijab has been in development for a year, the company said. Athletes contributed input into the product, and figure skater Zahra Lari was among those who tested it. The pull-on hijab is made of light,... More »

Nike Ditching Its Golf Gear

No more clubs, balls, and bags, but it will keep making shoes and apparel

(Newser) - Nike is getting out of the golf equipment business, a surprising announcement made Wednesday that's sure to send Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and other players searching for new clubs and golf balls. Nike said it would stop making clubs, golf balls, and golf bags, instead devoting its resources to... More »

Runner's Success Story Is Wild. So Is His Fight With Nike

Boris Berian hopes to raise $25K for legal fight

(Newser) - Two years ago, Boris Berian was a college dropout working at McDonald's. He now hopes to run for Team USA at the Olympics, but first he has to clear a major hurdle: a lawsuit from Nike. And he wants your help. The world champion in the indoor 800-meter is... More »

Nike Truly Botched Its Pitch Meeting With Steph Curry

Like 'something hastily thrown together by a hungover college student'

(Newser) - ESPN has a deep and fascinating look at what it calls "the marketing heist of the century": sneaker behemoth Nike losing out on megastar Steph Curry to comparatively tiny Under Armour. Curry is arguably the biggest name in the NBA right now, "a cult of personality so... More »

Nike's New Shoes Lace Themselves

They'll be available in 3 colors around the holidays

(Newser) - The future is now, people! Ever since Marty McFly donned self-lacing shoes in Back to the Future, people have been dreaming about sporting a pair of their own—because, you know, tying laces sucks. Nike has finally brought the dream to life, reports the Verge . The company has announced a... More »

Nike, by Sharapova's Side Since Age 11, Steps Away

Porsche, Tag Heuer also distance themselves from the tennis star

(Newser) - The fallout from Maria Sharapova's Monday admission that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open was swift. The tennis star found three of her sponsors—Nike, Tag Heuer, and Porsche—swiftly backing away from her. A "saddened and surprised" Nike announced it would suspend their relationship... More »

Nike Co-Founder Rains $400M Donation on Stanford

Philip Knight's gift, one of the biggest to a college ever, will fund scholarship program

(Newser) - Stanford University is launching a program it's calling the "largest single increase in student financial aid in Stanford's history," and it has Nike's chairman to thank for the lion's share of it, NPR reports. Philip Knight, also one of Nike's co-founders, has pledged... More »

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