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Under Armour agrees to over $67M settlement in UCLA lawsuit

UCLA football players run onto the field at the Rose Bowl. Under Armour agreed to pay UCLA nearly $67.5 million to settle the school’s lawsuit with the apparel company, according to the Los Angeles Times. (Kanishka Mehra/Daily Bruin senior staff)

By Jon Christon

July 29, 2022 10:20 a.m.

This post was updated July 31 at 11:32 p.m.

The last vestiges of the Under Armour era are now gone in Westwood.

Under Armour has agreed to pay UCLA nearly $67.5 million to settle the school’s lawsuit with the apparel company, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday morning. UCLA was seeking over $200 million in damages in its original lawsuit filed in August 2020.

“​​UCLA is one of the most recognized and respected collegiate names around the globe,” said Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications Mary Osako in an emailed statement. “We are gratified to have resolved this matter in a way that benefits our student-athletes and the entire Bruin community.”

[Related: UCLA files lawsuit against Under Armour for breaking $280 million contract]

The lawsuit and settlement came after Under Armour reneged on a 15-year, $280 million deal four years into the agreement. The deal – negotiated by former athletic director Dan Guerrero –  marked the largest apparel agreement in the history of collegiate athletics at the time.

In August 2021, LA Superior Court Judge H. Jay Ford III denied Under Armour’s attempts at dismissing UCLA’s lawsuit, paving the way for the eventual settlement.

UCLA Athletics currently faces a $102.8 million debt accumulated over the past three years but is expected to get a windfall of cash after its prospective move to the Big Ten in 2024. The Bruins are now represented by Nike and Jordan Brand on a six-year, $46.5 million deal that started in 2021.

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Jon Christon | Sports senior staff
Christon is currently a Sports senior staff writer. He was previously the Sports editor on the men's basketball and football beats and the assistant Sports editor on the women's basketball, softball, men's tennis and women's tennis beats. Christon was previously a contributor on the women's basketball and softball beats.
Christon is currently a Sports senior staff writer. He was previously the Sports editor on the men's basketball and football beats and the assistant Sports editor on the women's basketball, softball, men's tennis and women's tennis beats. Christon was previously a contributor on the women's basketball and softball beats.
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