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MLU To Offer Discounted Puma Gear, Sponsorships To Teams

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Major League Ultimate's Pro Gear Program.

Major League Ultimate announced today that they will now be offering Puma jersey outfitting to teams at all levels, with the additional option of selecting MLU sponsorship for reduced pricing.

MLU is advertising prices as low as $85 for two screen-printed jerseys and two sets of shorts, a competitive price point with other apparel companies.

“We’re excited to pass on the benefits of the relationship we developed with Puma to high school, college, and club teams looking for a professional on-field appearance,” said MLU Vice President Nic Darling. “We’re also very much looking forward to developing relationships with these teams and bringing more attention to Ultimate at all levels.”

George Mason, which is coached by DC Current captain Daniel Kantor, is the first team to join the Pro Gear Program.

The league has released a jersey builder and shorts builder for customization and style selections.

Although it is coming through an ultimate organization, this marks the first significant entry into the sport by a major, global apparel brand. Puma is largely known for their soccer offerings.

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  • Scott

    I’ll be sticking with Five/Savage for all my needs until these bigger companies start contributing more to the scene.

    • Come on

      I guess by contributing more to the scene you mean running a business and making money off of you? What has Five/Savage given you that you haven’t paid them for?

      These MLU guys have done more for you than you realize for you and your sport and all you do is complain. I’m looking forward to sporting some Puma this season and supporting the pros who are putting it all out there.

      • Come onn

        Five donates gear to hat tournaments in the south end of Seattle. They’re the real deal.

        • Come on!!

          So if Puma started doing that it’d be ok?

          • guest

            it’d be great!

      • Robbie

        Wow, someone has absolutely no clue what they’re talking about. Companies like Five Ultimate, Savage, VC, Spin, etc… have been pumping money into the sport for years and years, unlike Puma. If you want to buy one of their generic stock soccer jerseys and put your team name on it, cool. But like Scott, I will stick with Five or VC because they have given so much back to the sport I play and love.

        • Come on!

          Pumping who’s money? You mean the money they got from the profits they made selling you gear? Look, they’re a great company, but seriously, they’re not doing any of that stuff just to make you feel good. They’re a freakin’ business!

          • Max

            Thanks for stating the obvious. You mean the revenue that retail businesses generate comes from consumers and not the money fairy, or money tree? I think Robbie’s point was that those companies aren’t obligated to invest money (theirs, not yours) back into the sport, but they do so for a lot of reasons. Yes many of those reasons are to market themselves so they can sell more stuff to you, but also because they love giving back to the ultimate.

          • DonFTW

            Don’t you mean your employer’s money? Using that logic, the money that those companies pump into the sport comes from you as the consumer, yes. But isn’t that money really your employer’s because that’s where you got it? So Five Ultimate is actually pumping your employer’s money back into the sport! That’s awesome. But wait, your employer had to get the money from somewhere, so it really belongs to the person who bought a good or service from your employer. So if you’re a barista at Starbucks, and you sold a no-whip Frappachino to a tourist from Bora Bora who works as a fisherman back home, your logic says that ultimate is funded by the South Pacific fishing industry.

          • http://gdarb.com Brad Graham

            I think his point is that VC/5 put your money back into Ultimate, while Puma just keep it and don’t reinvest back into the community.

  • Jason Vasilios Thompson

    Just as a point of comparison, the same set from 5 would cost about $90 per player with their Youth discount (95 for college and club). That can add up over 27 or more players. I will personally be sticking with companies like VC and 5 but I think its great that teams on a tighter budget can get what they need.

  • Dana

    It is great for ultimate players that more options are available with Puma entering the market. As a consumer you vote with your money who you like to support. Five has done wonderful things for this sport. These (early) companies that really started focusing on ultimate have created the standard at which PUMA and others are coming in. In the end, for me it comes down to the debate of big business’ versus small business’. Each has an advantage and a disadvantage.

    For me, the advantages that Five brings to the table (passionate owners, always looking for new creative designs/ideas, and fantastic on field presence: booths, games, personalities).

    Five is great for our community, maybe Puma will be too, but Five has proven to be so.

    my $0.02

    -Dunbar

  • Jack Deschler

    For me, the best part of playing ultimate is the community. Companies like 5 and VC are what make us weird, what make our community ours. As a result, I am disappointed in the MLU in the way they seem to be spurning the ultimate community by going with Puma.

  • notaboomer

    refs, puma, overpriced merchandise, etc. it ain’t ultimate and it’s an insult to all the pioneers of the sport that these leagues have appropriated the name of the sport.

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