UFL Passes On Michael Vick But Scores GameWear Uniform Deal

GameWear ad for the O-D Bowl, featuring top high school players.July 27, 2009: The upstart — or yet to start — United Football League likely will not sign Michael Vick as it had hoped for its inaugural, four-team season scheduled to begin in October. But the UFL has signed GameWear as its official supplier of uniforms and practicewear. Replica jerseys also will be available at select retailers nationwide. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The four teams - Orlando, San Francisco, New York and Las Vegas - will unveil their new uniforms at press events on Aug. 4-5. according to the UFL. Photos also will be made available at the UFL's Web site. Team names are scheduled to be revealed the first week of August.

The NFL's official uniform company is Reebok, a division of adidas. The NFL reinstated Vick, who had served 18 months in jail for his role in a dog fighting ring, with conditions, on July 27, enabling him sign with a team and participate in pre-season games and then possibly play in regular season games beginning in October or November. The UFL had sent out feelers indicating the league would sign Vick if the NFL did not reinstate him

"The United Football League's goal is to showcase emerging talents and allow them the opportunity to succeed," Frank Vuono, COO of the UFL, said in a statement. "GameWear Team Sports is one of the leading athletic uniform outfitters in the country and the company's connection to fostering the growth of youth football is what initially attracted us to them. We are excited to be partnering with a company who has made our League a top priority and has worked diligently to create uniforms that both the players and the fans will be excited about."

According to the UFL, GameWear, headquartered in Miami, "sells uniforms directly to professional athletic leagues, educational institutions, youth and recreational leagues." GameWear is the official uniform supplier of the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, which features top high school players from across the nation. The UFL's games, which will be broadcast live on Versus in HD, will take place primarily on Thursday evenings and are scheduled to culminate with a championship game over Thanksgiving weekend in Las Vegas. Back to Home Page