Top story: 76ers-owned Team Dignitas partner with Champion

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Top story: 76ers-owned Team Dignitas partner with Champion

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International esports franchise Team Dignitas have announced athletic apparel brand Champion as their official jersey provider.

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Champion, which has made its first move into esports with the deal, will provide the team with a ‘new casual fan-focused apparel line’ ahead of the franchise’s upcoming rebrand. In return, the manufacturer’s branding will feature on player jerseys.

Under the deal, Champion will also develop a separate women’s apparel line as well as operating an online retail platform.

Team Dignitas chief executive Michael Prindiville said: “The opportunity to partner with the apparel company that has pioneered one of the most essential retail pieces in any esports player and fan’s wardrobe — the hoodie — is truly appropriate.

“As we continually build and evolve our brands, we look forward to innovating with the Champion design team to develop a style that excites our fans and motivates our players in competition.”

Team Dignitas’ teams feature on a number of esports titles such as Rocket League and are owned by the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Philadelphia 76ers.

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SmartSeries

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