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Ohio State University
|Name:||Ohio State University|
|Team:||Ohio State Buckeyes|
|Colors:||Scarlet and Grey|
InformationOhio State University’s intercollegiate sports teams and players are called the “Buckeyes” (after the state tree, the Buckeye). The Ohio State men’s basketball team represents Ohio State University in NCAA Division I college basketball competition. The Buckeyes are a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes won their only National Championship in 1960 and have made a total of 21 NCAA Tournament appearances (plus four additional appearances that were later rescinded). The Buckeyes share a classic rivalry with the Michigan Wolverines, in which OSU has a 83-70 series lead. The school colors are scarlet and grey. Ohio State’s mascot is Brutus Buckeye. LeBron James has said he would have played for Ohio State if he didn’t enter the NBA directly out of Akron’s St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.
Nike partnershipIn 2007 athletic footwear and apparel manufacturer Nike and Ohio State have signed a new $26 million contract that will keep the Buckeyes’ sports teams in uniforms with a swoosh (including a logo of LeBron James) for the next seven years. The agreement, went into effect Aug. 1, 2007 and expires July 31, 2014. Nike has an option to extend the deal by three years. As the exclusive provider of footwear and apparel for Ohio State’s athletics program, Nike will provide OSU teams with $2.34 million per year in free products, or $16.4 million over the seven-year period. Nike also will pay the Ohio State athletics department $1.2 million annually for the right to be Ohio State’s exclusive provider, or $8.3 million over the seven years.
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