Oakley named official partner and licensee of NFL


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Kirby Lee - USA Today Sports
Kirby Lee - USA Today Sports

August 27, 2019, Foothill Ranch, California – Today, Oakley® announced a monumental four-year partnership with the National Football League, becoming an official on-field partner and licensee of the NFL. The partnership – the biggest sports deal in the brand's history – will commence at the start of the forthcoming football season, with Oakley shields and eyewear Powered by Prizm™ Lens Technology being available for all 32 teams, as well as making Officially Licensed NFL Eyewear available for fans.

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As a brand rooted in sport performance optics, Oakley's primary focus for the partnership is to deliver leading lens technology to the game, as well as to consumers around the world. In such a fast-paced sport where quick decision-making is key and clear vision is crucial, Oakley shields are designed to enhance performance, and we are working with the NFL to improve the safety of NFL players. Then for everyday life, Oakley's lifestyle and sport eyewear will provide everyday athletes the chance to experience the same benefits of Prizm – making the world and their respective sport environments look vivid and vibrant and revealing nuances that would normally be missed by the naked eye.

"The Oakley brand started in stadiums and now we will continue our brand journey inside the biggest and most relevant stadiums in North America: football stadiums," Benjamin Goss, Oakley's Global Marketing Director. "We are thrilled to partner with the National Football League and its players to push the boundaries of performance and help them see the game differently through Prizm."

As part of the partnership, for the first time in NFL history, all players will have the option of wearing Prizm Clear shields during games. Prizm Clear, grounded in decades of research, has a slight color tint engineered to help optimize detail recognition in the football environment. As the sport and shields evolve, Oakley's Prizm Lens Technology will be at the forefront of football gear.

"We see Oakley as an ideal partner because we're united by the same goal: supporting some of the world's best athletes in their quest for elite performance," said Renie Anderson, Chief Revenue Officer & EVP, NFL Partnerships. "Our game is faster and precision is more fundamental than ever, and Oakley provides the technologically-advanced gear that players, coaches and personnel need for peak performance."

In order to showcase the benefits of Prizm Clear, Oakley launched a new brand film, putting the audience onto the NFL field and letting them experience what the world's best football players will see through Prizm during a game. To achieve this, the brand created a variety of custom POV camera rigs to bring the experience to life through the eyes of Team Oakley athletes, including 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes II of the Kansas City Chiefs, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Derwin James Jr. of the Los Angeles Chargers.

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