Boise State seeks extension of Nike apparel contract

bmurphy@idahostatesman.comOctober 15, 2013 

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Nike's famous swoosh will continue to appear on Boise State uniforms and gear until 2019 under the terms of a new contract between the school and the apparel giant. The deal needs Idaho State Board of Education approval.

KYLE GREEN — kgreen@idahostatesman.com

The Idaho State Board of Education will meet Thursday and Friday in Lewiston. The agenda contains several items related to athletics.

New Nike contract for Boise State

In April 2012, the board approved a six-year agreement between Nike and Boise State’s athletic department.

Now the school and the apparel giant want to extend the deal — and increase the amount of gear that Boise State receives.

The new contract would extend through the 2018-19 academic year, and Boise State would receive $7.9 million in product from Nike. The Broncos were scheduled to receive $6 million in product from Nike in the original contract, which ran from 2011 to 2017. The contract calls for Boise State to receive $1.225 million in product in each of the final three years.

The proposed product allotment (and current contract):

2012-13: $925,000 ($850,000)

2013-14 and 2014-15: $1.075 million ($1 million)

2015-16: $1.15 million ($1.15 million)

2016-17: $1.225 million ($1.15 million)

2017-18 and 2018-19: $1.225 million (none)

Boise State would also receive $100,000 in cash compensation in the two new years of the deal, pushing the total cash payments to $340,000 from 2011 to 2019.

Cash payouts by year:

2011-12 and 2012-13: $30,000

2013-14 and 2014-15: $40,000

2015-16 through 2018-19: $50,000

Boise State alcohol policy for student-athletes

Boise State has a three-strikes policy for student athletes for alcohol violations.

According to the policy — the student-athlete portion is included in the school's overall alcohol policy — a violation "may include, but is not limited to, possession, consumption or distribution of alcoholic beverages. This is prohibited in University owned, leased, or operated facilities and on campus grounds unless otherwise allowed by University and SBOE policy. Disruptive behavior exhibited as the result of consumed alcohol is prohibited campus wide even if the alcohol was consumed elsewhere. Members of the University community will adhere to all state and federal laws with regard to alcohol."

For a first alcohol violation, student-athletes are required to contact their parents, complete counseling through Boise State University Health Services and be suspended for a minimum of one competition.

A second violation means a suspension of 20 percent of one year’s competition schedule effective immediately.

A third violation means a student-athlete “shall be permanently removed from all athletic teams” and that his or her scholarship “shall be cancelled immediately or at the end of the academic term at the discretion of the Athletic Director.”

The sanctions are the minimum requirements. The head coach can impose stricter sanctions.

Changes in vacation policy for coaches

The State Board will consider a proposal from the athletic directors at Boise State, Idaho and Idaho State to change the way coaches accrue vacation.

Currently, the coaches are able to accumulate vacation balances that must be paid when the coach leaves the school voluntarily or involuntarily. It leaves the schools with a financial liability.

“The athletic directors have requested that coaches not earn or accrue annual leave, but rather take vacation with the approval of the AD”, as is the case in Washington and Utah, according to board documents.

The change would give head and assistant coaches 192 hours of annual vacation, but it would be “use it or lose it,” meaning no accrual or cash out for unused leave.

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