Why does Nebraska need $3M per year for shoes? At $100/pair that's 30k pairs per year?

  • The Portland Business Journal reports Nebraska gets a $3m annual allowance for shoes from Adidas. Assuming $100/pair, Nebraska gets 30,000 pairs a year. How can it need that many?


  • @jaybate-1.0

    Jordan famously wore a new pair for every game. Ergo, every player in every sport at Nebraska wears a new pair for both practices and games!

  • @VailHawk you really do need a raise!

  • @Crimsonorblue22

    You, too!!!

  • @VailHawk I was thinking about that ISU ice game where we didn’t have proper cleats.

  • MEMO

    TO: fake special agent @VailHawk

    FROM: fake BIA director/janitor @jaybate 1.0

    RE: Fake BIA’s Fake Compensation

    The fake BIA is faking sending you undercover to fake investigate all REAL petro-shoe allowances to all D1 programs to see where all those petro-shoes are going.

    BE CAREFUL. ACCEPT NO COMPLIMENTARY PETRO-SHOES, even though fake BIA doesn’t pay you even a fake salary. The greatest game ever invented is depending on you. Basketball God’s speed to you.



  • I am still stumped by this $3M allowance for shoes.

    What if the shoes cost $200/pair?

    That’s still 15,000 pairs of shoes per year!

    Does everyone on the Dean’s List get comped like 10 pairs, or something?

  • Note: I am not meaning to pick on the Huskers here. I suspect there are probably other schools with large amounts ear marked for shoes, too. Rather I am trying to understand where all these shoes are going? Are shoes a kind of scrip at the company store? Do you carry a couple pair tied together at the laces dangling around your neck and swap them for goods and services? Are they a new petro-currency? “Hey, dude, give me two pairs worth of gasoline for my rig.” Something like that? Or are we talkin’ more like complimentary Shizz? “Here, mom and dad, I’ve left the tickets and the 4 pairs of shoes at the will call window for you and pop’s client.” Like that?

  • I apologize that I didn’t read the whole article (you know how I am man), but did it specifically state that all the funding was for shoes? Could it be that some of that dough is for uniforms, socks, jerseys, jockstraps, etc?

    Just asking…

  • @nuleafjhawk

    Just shoes. Other contract monies were apparently earmarked for other things.

  • What will the student athletes sell back to the unvierstiy store if you take away the 3 million dollar shoe budget? It’s a great way give your players a raise. Pick up free shoes and sell them. I’ve seen players return free clothes for money back…

  • @dylans

    Maybe big shoe could make pairs of shoes in different denominations, like $1000, $5000, and $10,000 shoes. Then distribute credit cards for each shoe, instead of the actual shoes. Then the players could cash the shoe credit cards in, will having to bother to use up the petroleum. 😄

  • Credit cards take a lot less petroleum them a pair of size 8 teen triple E hightops.

  • Maybe even dispense with the credit cards and just do it all on line with basketball i-scrip

  • Got a kick out of this page on the Nike website:


    If they are going to this extent, why couldn’t they build a program to collect all of these only-once-worn shoes and send them to the third world? That would kill two birds with one stone. If you visit continents like Africa and parts of Asia, you will see just how big the black market is on knock-offs. I once bought a brand new pair of Adidas for $3. And… these were the real thing. Counterfeiters are not capable of making a “near-perfect” shoe. So by giving these shoes away in third world countries, Nike takes a huge chunk out of the black market… Right?

    This perfect scenario is a bit too perfect. If it is this perfect, then why isn’t it being done?

    Why? Because contrary to belief, the black market and gray market shoes are controlled by… (drum roll)… yes, you got it, BigShoe.

    Those manufacturing plants run shoes 24/7. In the middle of the night, they run black market shoes. This is a known fact. Those shoes are released through black market channels and is a cash-operated market.

    You think the richest gangsters in the world only come from drug cartels? Think again. The money is absurd. And the real reason why we don’t have a bigger chain of black market shoes in America is the threat from the IRS, Homeland Security and the DOJ. Because… once the commerce is conducted in the USA, they have the capabilities to go outside US borders and arrest criminals.

    The black market system is a well-run system put in place to make as much money as possible for BigShoe. The white market absorbs big sales through conventional distribution with high profits. As we all know, not all consumers in this world have $100+ to spend on a pair of shoes. The black market presents a method for these consumers to buy, too… but now you have removed taxes and expensive channels of distribution.

    The recent nailed connection of Nike bribing FIFA is the first major criminal connection to part of their illegal cash supply in Swiss Banks. I’m guessing that the recent Swiss Bank whistle blower data may come back to haunt Nike far more than the FIFA bribes.

    If you want to have an idea of just how big this black market system is… try to run down info on some of the real knock-off shoes. These are the ones not built in the Nike plants at 4am. These are the ones actually targeted by legal authorities and they are tipped off and pushed to make these busts by who?.. yes… BigShoe… keeping out the competition on the black market. The business model is very close to the drug distribution market.

    Paying James Harden… just one athlete… $200 million for an endorsement seems excessive. Thing is… no one has a clue of what kind of money BigShoe makes and has stockpiled. How much money does BigShoe pay out every year for endorsements alone? $10 billion? Anyone really think they have that kind of money from white market sales to toss down the drain every year? They must also be masters of money laundrying. Masters…

    There is the real portrait of BigShoe.

  • $3m shoe budget. Time for some math.

    Nebraska has the following sports:

    Football, Basketball (M&W), Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field (M&W), Cross Country (M&W), Tennis (M&W), Golf (M&W), Soccer, Wrestling and Bowling.

    The sports that don’t require specific shoes for competition are Swimming and Diving, Gymnastics (M&W), Rifle and Beach Volleyball. All of those competitors likely get 2 pair of casual shoes to wear around campus, on trips, etc. That’s probably 150 pair of shoes already, maybe 200 depending on how many coaches are involved. Everybody in the athletic department probably also gets a pair of shoes, so let’s tack on another hundred pair. That’s $30k right there, and we haven’t touched any of their teams yet.

    Football has 100 players and probably 30 coaches and managers. Each player will probably need 2 pair of cleats for the practice season and at least 6 pair of game cleats (perhaps more depending on the different grass/turf mix). Everybody will get the 2 pair of casual shoes. That’s 260 pair of casual shoes and another 800 cleats (minimum). On top of having that, the football team will have at least another 100 or so pair of cleats that are unassigned in the equipment room in case there are problems. That’s $26k in casual shoes. The cleats are probably more like $150 each and there will be some special orders for larger sizes, so the average cost is going to probably be more like $175 or so. That’s closing in on $160k for football.

    Men’s and women’s basketball are going to have 15 players, 4 or 5 coaches and 4 or 5 managers. Let’s call it 25 people total per team, or 50. Each player will need 2 pair of practice shoes, a pair of track shoes for conditioning and at least 6 or 7 pair of game shoes. Let’s call it 10 pair per player, or 300. Everybody gets 2 pair of casual shoes. That’s another hundred shoes. The gamers will probably be $125 or so each, again with special orders for larger sizes probably driving the price to $140 each. Easily another $40 grand for the players, and another $10k for the casual shoes.

    Cross country is going to be huge. They probably wear through 15 pair of shoes per runner, and there are 30 people on the team. Plus casual shoes for everybody, so that’s 80 more pair. Running shoes are expensive, probably $150 each. Closing in on $70k, plus 8 grand for casual shoes.

    Track is equally problematic. You have indoor and outdoor seasons, so that’s 4-5 pair of shoes for each. There are 120 people total (M&W). $125 per pair, 10 pair per athlete. Easily $150k. Everybody, probably 150 people total, gets casual shoes, so that’s 300 more pair, or $30k.

    Let’s take tennis and golf together. That’s 30 more athletes and another 10 coaches/ managers. 80 pair of casual shoes. 5 pair of competition shoes for each athlete, probably averaging close to $150 because the golf shoes will be more expensive. Another 8 grand for casual shoes, and $22k for athletic shoes.

    Baseball and softball have another 75 athletes total, You have to have 3 pair for when its cold and another 4 for when the weather warms. You’ve got another 20 coaches/managers. 190 pair of casual shoes, 19 grand. $125 per pair of cleats, or another $65k.

    Finally, soccer, wrestling and bowling. Soccer is going to have 30 or so players, wrestling will have another 35 athletes and bowling will have 8-10. There will be at least another 30 coaches/managers for them, so there’s another 210 casual shoes and we have $21k already. Soccer will shred through 7 or 8 pair each, plus need another 50 pair of unassigned backups. Wrestling will have 3 or 4 pair of wrestling shoes, plus track shoes for conditioning. bowling will have 2 pair of bowling shoes. That’s 300 pair of shoes for soccer, 150 for wrestling and 20 for bowling. Call it $40k, $20k and $20k.

    All told, I come up with about $750,000 for a year’s worth of shoes. Given that there is also apparel included here (uniforms, workout gear, practice shirts, warm-up suits, sweat suits, coaches polos, managers t-shirts, sport specific equipment, etc.) that seems about right, or at least close.

  • @jaybate-1.0 Is Imelda Marcos still alive? Maybe she could answer that one for us!

  • We might get to see a lot of good deals on slightly used shoes being sold by starving Nebraska players, I mean, I guess these student athletes need the money.

  • @justanotherfan

    Didn’t we have some Jayhawk staff busted for selling gear a few years ago?

  • @drgnslayr I think so!

  • @drgnslayr

    THE Ohio State got in big trouble with the NCAA because players were trading free athletic gear and memorabilia given to them for tattoos…

  • @JayHawkFanToo

    Yes, yes… I recall that.

    KU was busted, too.

  • @drgnslayr

    Yes. Because the athletic department staff (including administrative staff, student assistants, etc.) usually get some gear, the temptation is pretty high to sell that. That’s why I included two pair of casual shoes - in almost every department, even the non field staff gets shoes and other gear (polos, jackets, etc.).

    So let’s say you’re in the department and they just gave you 2 pair of $100 shoes, 3 $60 polos, a $200 jacket, a $150 track suit and a t-shirt with the school name and the sport for each team. All told, you have about $1000 in gear, most of which can’t be bought in stores until much later this year. Maybe you keep a pair of shoes, a couple of the polos and the jacket. But you can sell that track suit for a hundred bucks easy. You can sell those shoes for at least $75. You can sell a few of the t-shirts and one of the polos and all told, you can probably pocket three or four hundred bucks.

    The temptation to do that is high, especially for the staff that isn’t really interested in keeping any of the gear for themselves. And then of course, because each team has to order extra shoes and other gear, there are always extras at the end of the year that end up… unaccounted for.

    Most teams have to have all their gear on hand at the beginning of the year, so if a guy that you thought would use five pair of basketball shoes only uses three, hey, there’s 2 extra pair of basketball shoes, top of the line and still in the box brand new. Same with track, and cross country, and football and every other sport. You could literally end up with tens of thousands of dollars of brand new apparel and equipment.

  • @justanotherfan

    No, the $3m number is apparently for shoes, Not apparel. So, you’ve just made the case that things DONT ADD UP.

    But I like your diligence.

    It helped focus the issue.

  • Am I the only one that reads the article differently?

    From the link on the firsts post:

    "Of course, the athletic department gets the bulk of the benefit: $1 million in cash and $3 million in footwear and apparel annually."

    To me, it indicates that it is footwear AND apparel…

    And even if it includes both, it does not sound realistic. This is a description of the 5 year contract signed in 2013…

    "The new deal — five years, $15.53 million, with $8.03 million in cash and $7.5 million in apparel and equipment — isn’t worth much more than NU’s previous eight-year, $22.7 million deal that was set to expire this summer."

    That is 1.5 million per year in apparel and equipment… I am not sure where the Portland Business Journal got its information but it does not jibe with that of the published contract.

  • @wissoxfan83

    Imelda may be Big Shoe! 😄

  • @JayHawkFanToo Players should not be able to trade free athletic gear for food, transportation, shelter, entertainment or anything that would improve the quality of life.

    Tattoos, however are fine.

  • @JayHawkFanToo

    I’m reading the way you are reading it. Shoes alone can’t come to more than $1m. But with apparel, you can give an athlete tons of gear. This is why you see KU players constantly wearing new t-shirts, shorts, etc. when they are practicing or going to press conferences. They have tons of different stuff they get for free.

    Take the hypothetical I tossed out earlier as far as each employee of the Athletic Department receiving $1000 in gear. A school like KU has at least 100 employees in the athletic department. That’s 100 grand and we have not shod or clothed a single athlete.

    Each student athlete is going to get close to a grand in apparel. At Nebraska, that’s probably 600 or so athletes. So for (non game) apparel and shoes, you probably have close to half the yearly budget - $750,000 for shoes, $700,000 for non game apparel.

    Then there’s uniforms. I’ve seen uniform budgets in high school hit the half million mark with no problem. I wouldn’t be surprised if a college spent well more than that, especially since they are going to have at least a couple sets of each uniform.

  • @JayHawkFanToo

    Good leg work. The BIA wants to recruit you and not pay you more than any other basketball Intel outfit doesn’t pay you.

    But as director/janitor of the FAKE BIA, I have to debrief you briefly.

    What makes you assume a published contract on the Internet is accurate? I want to believe you about this, potential special agent @JayHawkFanToo, but why do you believe the veracity of a published contract on the Internet and not believe the Portland Business Journal published on the Internet? Shouldn’t we be skeptical of both?

    To gain the BIA’s full confidence please answer the following questions.

    First, explain how you know this published contract on the Internet is reliable.

    Second, explain how you know the cost of the apparel means the $3,000,000 adds up to an appropriate number of apparel and shoes, if you know.?

    Third, what is an appropriate amount of apparel and shoes for Nebraska’s athletic teams and what is your source for this number and how do you know that source and number are reliable.

    Fourth, are published contracts on the Internet always accurate and fully transparent, and how ever you answer this, what is your source and how do know it is reliable?

    The BIA doesn’t pay for this sort of information, but it wants to know everything worth knowing, how it is know and the level of confidence in its accuracy.

    Rock Chalk!! 😀

  • @jaybate-1.0

    Here is the actual contract…see page 5-6 where it specifically names $1,500,000 per year…

    Here are more reputable links including the Nebraska Athletic Department…





    You can look at it any way you want but It is pretty obvious the the info in the Portland Business Journal is plain wrong…

    As far as how many shoes, jock straps and sport bras that includes, I could not give a rat’s ass about it…it is Nebraska for cripes’ sake, who cares…:D

  • @JayHawkFanToo

    Seriously I am grateful for your admirable footnote clicking and thinking here.

    So: assume half the reported $3m were for apparel and accessories.

    $1,500,000 / average $100 per pair of shoes = 15,000 shoes

    That still seems like a lot of shoes, doesn’t it? Even if every kid in intramurals got a pair, too.

    Do the kids and coaches really wear all these shoes to compete and coach in, or is this just a way to pay players?

    I am having a hard time understanding this. You seem like you get it.

  • @jaybate-1.0

    I don’t think you are reading it correctly. The $1,500,000 is for all apparel, including uniforms and shoes and gym bags…and warm suits and everything else except game balls which are listed separately on page 6…and that cost seems reasonable. to me.

  • @JayHawkFanToo

    15000 shoes?

    How about even 7000 shoes?

    What AD’s players wear 7000 shoes per year in competition, eh?

    C’mon give a rat’s rectum.

    You give enough of one to leg it on the links

    This apparently goes on more or less at all the majors that are good in either hoops or brain damage ball!!!

    Regardless, thanks for the links.

    Wait, what is it we are supposed to say?

    I don’t think u r reading it correctly.

    We don’t agree. Let’s agree to disagree etc etc etc.

    I love this technique!


  • @jaybate-1.0

    “$1,500,000 / average $100 per pair of shoes = 15,000 shoes”

    I seriously doubt that the deal from BigShoe to universities involves shoes at full retail prices. Most likely, those shoes would be at a cost around $45 a pair.

  • @nuleafjhawk Shucks, the Morris twins probably spent a quarter million dollars on body ink while at KU. Must have raffled off the contents of their closets monthly, Adidas wear filtered all the way from Lawrence to Philadelphia!

  • @REHawk Maybe all that ink distorted the Morrii grey matter…or chained them in tandem, similar to cycle mamas leashed to their big daddies.

  • @REHawk

    “Maybe all that ink distorted the Morrii grey matter…or chained them in tandem, similar to cycle mamas leashed to their big daddies.”

    Classic comment. Thoroughly enjoyed!

  • @drgnslayr that $45 cost estimate is food for thought. As a layman fan, I have no idea how firms and their accountants would in fact itemize this for business purposes and for Uncle Sam. Maybe someone will weigh in here with some expertise. But let’s run with it hypothetically for analytical purposes.

    And let me add: Get your Frosty Shoe Malts here, slayr!!!

    But these aren’t for resale. 🙂

    Based on a hypothetical model and some possibly reasonable assumptions (no guaranties) and calculations presented below (accuracy and reliability factors unproven so far), it appears that the street (resale) value of the shoes involved could conceivably be somewhere between $3,3 M under a $1.5M earmarked for shoes only scenario, and $6.7M bones under a $3.0M earmarked for shoes only scenario.

    Let me spell that out for those of us ordinary folk that have to write out amounts on our humble little check books in numerals and in words and pay taxes on our earnings, rather than apparently simply move our goods and services in cash on the street, like sex workers, drug dealers and ticket scalpers reputedly do.


    up to


    Actual numbers of course could vary significantly, even sharply, but this is, after all, simply a rudimentary starting point for exploration and by guess and by gosh analysis.

    Again, some back of a virtual napkin calculations follow to explain the guess. Note the following assumptions of approximate cost to a hypothetical vender XYZ distributing the shoes to schools and their student-athletes, plus an approximate street (resale by god only knows who) value used.

    Assumption of Approximate Average Shoe Cost Distributed to Schools: $45 per pair

    Assumption of Approximate Average Street Value Resold By God OnlyKnows Who: $100 per pair

    Note: calculations are proposed as a hypothetical model for trying to begin to understand what goes on with shoe moneys in Big Shoe Contracts that possibly involve some difference in earmarking of monies between shoes and apparel and so are not intended in any regard as conclusively accurate estimates. It would be nice if some pro journos would run this stuff down for us by interviewing Big Shoe and asking how this all works specifically. As always in our hypothetical analyses, one has to assume for the sake of prudence that there is nothing illegal going on, or the authorities would long ago have stopped this process. Rock Chalk!

    $1,500,000 SHOES ONLY SCENARIO:

    NUMBER OF SHOES VENDED: $1,500,000 / avg. $45 per pair = 33,333 pairs of shoes


    33,333 pairs x $100 per pair = $3,333,300


    @3,000,000 / avg… $45 per pair = 66,667 pairs of shoes

    NUMBER OF SHOES VENDED: $3,000,000 / avg. $45 per pair = 66,667 pairs of shoes


    66,667 pairs x $100 per pair = $6,666,700

    Most influence acquired scenario under the $3,000,000 assumption for shoes only:

    @3,000,000 / avg… $45 per pair = 66,667 pairs of shoes

    END NOTE: Would it possible that players would actually have to take an after tax pay cut, were the NCAA and its member institutions not only to start paying players reportable income, as announced, but also stop the reputed shoe resale process? Is that why quite a few players play D1 instead of jumping early and going abroad? YEEEEEEEEE HAWWWWWWWW! D1–its Shoe-tastic!!!

  • @REHawk

    “…Adidas wear filtered all the way from Lawrence to Philadelphia!”

    Oh, MY!!!–George Takei

    Sometimes I wonder if, when looking at all involved professionally today in college basketball, we ought to view them as Cheshire Cats, eh?

    Is it possible that many don’t go pro over seas sooner, because they just can’t afford the pay cut from D1?

  • MEMO

    TO: BIA staff

    FROM: Director/janitor

    RE: Possible fake front organization with fake ties to the fake BIA.

    SECURITY CLEARANCE LEVEL: For her majesty’s eyes only

    An “off the shelf” operation run by reputedly rogue elements of BIA is rumored to be starting up its own front company called Berkshoe-Hardaway (Note: no connection to Berkshire Hathaway) to bundle Resold Shoes into derivative arbitrages insured by fake guarantied insurance contracts. The countercyclical security to be bundled with Resold Shoes will be black market Pink Pills. All BIA staff should be on the look out for this rogue basketball intelligence organization and share intelligence about it accordingly.

    (Note: all fiction. No malice.)

    BIA Thought for the Day: We offer adventure, not pay.

  • It is really not rocket science…here is the relevant part of the contract that indicated the $1,500,000 for “Adidas products for use by the designated Athletic Program…” at Wholesale Value. There is nowhere in the contract where it indicates that it is for shoes only. I would guess that a complete football uniform is more expense than the cleats.


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