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Eugene schools considering exclusive HS sports uniform deal with Nike

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EUGENE, OR (AP) -

Eugene School Board members are considering an exclusive-rights agreement that would put varsity players in Nike uniforms.

The Register-Guard reports the proposal was presented Wednesday to the school board. Members of the public who spoke out against the proposal cited local business concerns as well as the dangers of allowing private companies to have a hand in Eugene schools.

Eugene district athletics coordinator Kelly Bokn said about 80 percent of high school athletes already wear Nike gear.

The district has four high schools that would get about $15,000 annually in rebates for uniforms and equipment.

Bob Bussel's daughter is on the Sheldon High School Ultimate Frisbee team. He told board members the agreement would essentially turn kids into "human billboards."

Members could vote on the agreement on Sept. 23.

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