Under Armour has signed Washington Nationals RF and 2015 NL MVP Bryce Harper to what is believed to be the largest endorsement deal ever for a baseball player.
Just months after talk that Bryce Harper will eventually sign the biggest contract in MLB history, and pass the $400 million mark (Bryce says “don’t sell me short”), Under Armour signs Harper to a new 10 year deal. Under Armour wouldn’t disclose any information about the deal, but here’s what we do know.
ESPN – The deal is 10 years long, and surpasses any deal previously had by a baseball player. Alex Rodriguez had a 10 year deal with Nike worth just over $1 million per year.
Under Armour signed Bryce Harper back in 2011, and plans to release their first ever signature baseball cleat, the Harper One, sometime this summer (July).
Personally, I’m a Nike guy at heart, and I’m not a fan of Under Armour’s stuff. But, Under Armour is certainly killing the game lately. They have a whole list of MVP athletes now. NBA MVP Steph Curry, NFL MVP Cam Newton, PGA Tour Player of the Year Jordan Spieth, etc. Quite impressive. Although people need to stop making comparisons to Nike and talking about Under Armour beating or become larger than the swoosh. That’s like saying Mike Trout just passed Ken Griffey Jr. Cute couple of seasons yes, but Nike is a legacy company that’s been doing it since the 70s with revenues and signature athletes that would make UA scream uncle.