Adidas signs on as a sponsor of upstart Pacific Pro Football

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An upstart minor football league has added a well-known corporate sponsor.

Adidas has announced that it will be a “founding partner” of Pacific Pro Football, the minor league that agent Don Yee says he’ll launch in the summer of 2019.

“We’re always looking to create new and different things for the industry,” said Mark King, adidas North America president. “With Pacific Pro Football, we’re doing something that’s never been done before. We’re providing innovative opportunities for aspiring professional athletes and creating new avenues for them to reach the pros. Together we’re shaping the future of the sport. This is a future we believe in, and we’re excited to help create it.”

Yee represents Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but the players in the Pacific Pro League will be significantly less established. The Pacific Pro League is specifically designed to challenge college football by signing players who aren’t yet eligible for the NFL draft.

The league says it can offer players $50,000 salaries, which might entice some players to leave the NCAA behind. Getting sponsors like adidas may help the league pay those salaries.

14 responses to “Adidas signs on as a sponsor of upstart Pacific Pro Football

  1. So Yee gets JG the best contract in history while he also got TB the worst.

    That must be some sort of a first, for agents.

    If I were Brady, I would be my own agent. If my desire was to leave money on the table to help sign other guys, why give away more?

  2. The smart move is to set up a league like the Canadian Hockey League (Junior hockey in Canada), it’s not an alternative to the NHL but instead a path to it. Build yourself up as a way for players to get ready for the NFL for kids that don’t want to go to college but want to play football in the 3 years until they’re eligible for the NFL draft.

    Focus on getting kids pro ready, QBs learn to read and diagnose defenses and run offenses they will at the pro level. O-line players getting to learn how to play o-line like they will in the NFL instead of just running spread style offenses where so often pass pro is cut blocking. Teach them all how to learn and understand pro playbooks. Teach them how to deal with money, how to pay bills, how to be adults. Essentially turn the league into a technical school for how to be professional football players, so when they get drafted (or signed as UDFAs) the learning curve is much smaller and they’re ready to go from day 1.

  3. The NFL desperately needs a developmental league, and this league won’t be a significant threat to the NCAA’s talent pool. The NCAA will treat it as a threat, which means the NFL won’t openly embrace it, which likely means it will fail.

  4. Any time you take a college education away from a kid, you’re doing him a disservice. Hopefully Don Yee makes a lot of money because he’s screwing over a lot of kids. I won’t be buying ant Adidas stuff either.

  5. Good luck Addidas & Don Yee, you’ll need plenty of it.
    Would love to see a league take on the roll of minors for both football & basketball to give the kids options outside of college.
    To think this would be a disservice over forcing kids to take classes (i.e. ball room dancing, basket weaving, or crayons 101) that don’t teach them a life skill outside of football is foolish.
    In 2014-15 Texas A&M made $192 million through athletics, while giving Johnny Football a degree in partying & disguise making. He flourished in 1, failed horribly in the other, but, he didn’t miss a class. That education is helping him immensely now.
    More options will help more kids & if it does succeed somehow, it may force NCAAs hand into being less of an indentured servant/ “student”-athlete set up & maybe more of an open, these kids are here to learn & play sports, not be actual “student”-athletes program.
    I just don’t understand why Power 5 universities don’t just come up with a credited B.S. course like “The Functions of Football (or basketball)” & teach these kids things like coaching, AD work, trainer/ strength & conditioning, some basic money skills, etc. and have them get credit for all the hours spent in film study, weight training & such.

  6. $50K will be a decrease in there college pay. As for as being a disservice to giving a kid a college education, I would guess a majority of the NCAA players don’t want it. There just doing it as a way to make it into the NFL.

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