UCLA is suing Baltimore-based Under Armour for breach of contract, according to a lawsuit filed by the school in the District Court in California.

According to a report in the Daily Bruin, Under Armour announced its intention to terminate its contract with the University in June and the two sides attempted to mediate a solution, but those talks failed.

The lawsuit states Under Armour is a “troubled company,” and used the COVID-19 pandemic as a cover to get out of the deal it couldn’t afford and now owes the school over $200 million, the Daily Bruin reported.

“It is unfortunate that Under Armour is opportunistically using the global pandemic to try to walk away from a binding agreement it made in 2016 but no longer likes,” said UCLA vice chancellor for strategic communications Mary Osako in a statement. “UCLA has met the terms of the agreement, which does not require that games in any sport be played on a particular schedule.”

“Under Armour is simply wrong about the Agreement and the governing law,” the lawsuit says. “The Agreement sets forth the exact circumstances in which Under Armour may terminate the Agreement. None of these circumstances is present here.”

Under Armour responded to the Daily Bruin in an emailed statement:

“While we are disappointed that UCLA elected to file suit, we are confident in our position and will defend it vigorously,” the statement said. “We sought and remain open to working out a reasonable and appropriate transition for the university, and most importantly for the student-athletes. In fact, at UCLA’s request after the termination of the agreement, Under Armour continued to deliver athletic products for the 2020-2021 school year because we support athletes, even as it remains uncertain when sports will resume.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that Under Armour said in a statement that it wanted to end the partnership because of UCLA’s inability to provide unspecified marketing benefits as required by the contract between the parties.

The original 15-year, $280 million deal between the two was the largest apparel deal in all of college athletics.

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