Nike and the NBA are making some notable changes to the jersey industry. After briefly taking down the initial release Tuesday morning, Nike republished an official post detailing the new threads that will be worn to kick off the 2017-18 season.
Essentially, Nike and the NBA have agreed to do away with “home” and “road” jersey designations and color assignments. In their place, Nike will introduce what the company is currently referring to as “editions.”
However, these editions will still adhere to the white vs. colors contrast NBA fans are used to seeing between competing home and road teams.
One notable change is the home team’s ability to decide which jersey they will wear.
“Beginning with the 2017-18 season, home teams will pick which of their uniforms will be worn at all home games and visiting teams will choose a contrasting uniform within their own assortment,” per Nike.com.
“Because of this change, Nike and the NBA worked together to create four core uniforms for each team, classified as ‘editions.'”
From the looks of it, the “Association Edition” will replace white home uniforms, while the “Icon Edition” will replace colored road uniforms.
Nike also plans on rolling out a “Classic Edition” for eight unspecified teams.
It wasn’t divulged how far in advance of games teams will be allowed to coordinate their jersey decisions, but obviously team-to-team communication will be a factor ahead of each NBA game going forward.
The new editions also came with a plethora of manufacturing changes that focus on improving player motion and moisture-wicking features.
No retail price was mentioned in the now taken down release.