The Chicago Cubs have sued Under Armour Inc., accusing the athleticwear-maker of backing out of a long-term endorsement deal.
In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Jan. 22, the team’s corporate parent, Chicago National League Ball Club LLC, alleged that Under Armour, which had a marketing deal with the team in 2007 and 2008, reneged on an agreement to sponsor the team through the 2013 season.
The team alleges that, as the 2008 baseball season drew to a close, the two parties had reached a new deal for five years and $10.8 million, but that the Baltimore-based apparel-maker walked away in December.
In its complaint, the Cubs organization draws a connection between the alleged about-face and Under Armour’s announcement that its year-end profits could be about $10 million less than a year ago.
“Under Armour entered into a three-year agreement with the previous management of the Chicago Cubs for a comprehensive marketing package that included the exclusive signage on Wrigley Field,” said Steve Battista, senior vice president, brand, for Under Armour. “This past summer, the Cubs’ new management [under Tribune Co. owner Sam Zell] sent us a letter terminating the agreement after the second year. Unfortunately, we were unable to agree upon terms for a new deal and one was never signed.”
On Friday, the bankrupt Tribune Co. picked a family group headed by Incapital LLC chairman Tom Ricketts as the winning bidder to buy the Cubs.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
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