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Despite Nike’s Efforts, MLB Uniform Controversy Isn’t Looking Good

Feb 23, 2024

Nike has made its first overt attempt at damage control surrounding MLB’s new and oft-criticized uniforms, but the step has only served to further inflame the growing controversy.

After more than a week of player unrest surrounding the lighter and more flexible but see-through designs, developed in partnership with Fanatics, Nike issued a public statement late Thursday about its efforts.

“We always put the athlete at the center of everything we do,” Nike said. “We worked closely with MLB players, teams, and the league to create the most advanced uniforms in the history of MLB, which are lighter and more flexible. The quality and performance of our product is of the utmost importance to us. We will continue to work with MLB, the players, and our manufacturing partner to address player uniforms.”

The sentiment, however, has not helped to quell the concerns, as MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark reiterated Thursday that the uniform issue—and particularly the see-through pants—is top of mind among the union membership.

Source: Front Office Sports

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