UNVEILED: NIKECONNECT, STATEMENT JERSEYS, and AN ALL-NEW HOODED WARM-UP JACKET
That’s all I could say after witnessing theofficial unveiling here at the Nike Innovation Summit in Los Angeles, USA. We all had an inkling of what to expect, but never did experience how big of a game change it will be. For those who didn’t see the unveiling on our livestream (videos will be posted throughout the whole weekend), Nike unveiled three new innovations: the Nike NBA Connected Jersey, the first NBA jersey that gives the wearer an all-access pass into the world of their favorite team and players; Statement Edition uniforms; and the Nike Therma Flex Showtime Warm-up Jacket, the first hooded jacket to be worn on the court during gametime.
The evening started with a chilling, goosebump-inducing presentation of the brand’s basketball evolution. From the Iceman to the Air Force 1 to Michael, Charles, Scottie and David, to Reggie and Gary, to Kobe, LeBron, and Melo, to Russ and the future, it was mind blowing to see all that over the last 40+ years. The unveiling continued, with a player from each and every team walking in their Therma Flex Showtime Warm-up Jacket then showing off their Statement jerseys underneath. ALL 30 TEAMS were represented! The staples were there — KD, PG, Blake, and DeMar, but we also got to see some other All-Star caliber players such as Mike Conley (ok, Grizzlies had to go first), Karl-Anthony Towns, Paul Millsap, Bradley Beal, and the League’s future — De’Aaron Fox, Ben Simmons, DeAngelo Russell, and a boatload of others.
“When you think about basketball, you think of Nike and the NBA,” said Mark Parker, Chairman, CEO and President of NIKE, Inc. “After helping fuel the sport’s impact for years, we are thrilled to now be able to push the boundaries of what’s possible directly with the NBA. From modernizing the look of the game to revolutionizing how fans can be a part of it, we can’t wait for the season to start.”
“Our Nike uniforms set a new standard for connecting our most passionate fans with their favorite NBA teams and players,” said Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner. “Nike has once again taken the game of basketball to a new level, this time with one of the most advanced jerseys in sports.”
Using new NikeConnect technology, each adult-sized Nike NBA Connected Jersey will have an embedded NFC (near field communication) chip that will launch real-time team and player content such as pregame arrival footage, highlight packages and top players’ favorite music playlists – all on the jersey owner’s mobile device. Throughout the season, a wealth of exclusive offers and experiences will bring fans closer to the game they love.
To unlock it all, fans will download the NikeConnect app and tap the jersey with their smartphone. These jerseys become available online globally on Sept. 29, rewarding the game’s fans with a revolutionary experience that creates a new point of connection between fans and the game.
“In our new connected era, Nike will lead with products that build a relationship with our consumers,” said Trevor Edwards, President, Nike Brand. “With NikeConnect, we deliver to basketball fans everywhere the personal and premium experiences we know they love.”
Nike and the NBA also unveiled the third of four core team uniforms – the Statement Edition, inspired by teams’ desire to make a bold statement the moment they step on the court. Nike’s designers worked with the teams and the brand’s roster of athletes to create new and updated uniforms for this third edition.
The Statement Edition uniform follows the earlier unveiling of the Association and Icon Edition uniforms. As previously announced, the home teams will determine which uniforms to wear at their games. The fourth team edition will be released later this year.
In addition to the new uniforms, Nike and the NBA debuted the Nike Therma Flex Showtime Warm-up Jacket, the first on-court warm-up jacket with a performance hood. Not only did Nike refresh the on-court staple, but provided updates that the players desperately needed. We were able to talk to Kurt Parker, Nike’s VP for Apparel Design and the team really geared up for this, making sure they got the right inputs that also applies to the casual fan. More on this in the coming days.
The Nike NBA Connected Jersey is available exclusively online starting Sept. 29, and the Nike NBA uniforms and Nike Therma Flex Showtime Warm-up Jacket will debut on court on Sept. 30, the start of the NBA preseason. All Statement Edition jerseys will be available at retail on Nov. 20, and will begin being worn on-court on Nov. 25.