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Lorraine Mirabella | May 2, 2014
The controversy over whether Under Armour's high-tech skinsuits contributed to U.S. speedskaters' poor showing at the Sochi Olympics seemed over when the Baltimore-based sports brand renewed its sponsorship of the sport through two more Winter Olympics and said the suits would be back. That deal was announced even before the end of the February games. Now, US Speedskating has identified factors that led to athletes' failure to medal, and the design of the suits is not among them, Ted Morris, executive director, said Friday.
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The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2012
The names, Social Security numbers and salary information of an unknown number of Under Armour employees might have been exposed when a thumb drive containing payroll information was lost in the U.S. mail, according to a published report in Ohio. The Dayton Daily News obtained an internal memo from the Baltimore-based sports apparel maker to its employees last week. The emailed memo reported that an unencrypted thumb drive containing employee payroll information was lost in the mail on or about April 12. The thumb drive was sent by mail to Under Armour's auditing firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, in connection with an audit.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2011
Under Armour officials say that its strong second-quarter earnings report Tuesday is proof that the sports apparel company is giving customers what they want. But the Baltimore company saw a hit to its profit margins and admits the operations side of the business needs some work. "As a team, we are committed to getting our operational capabilities to the same level of execution and leadership as our brand and product, so that we can fully benefit from the demand of our consumer," CEO Kevin Plank told analysts during a conference call Tuesday.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
Under Armour, which has wooed consumers with sweat-wicking T-shirts and other innovations, is banking on a new fabric that conforms to the foot like a second skin to help the company break into the crowded athletic shoe market. The Baltimore-based athletic wear maker is promoting its newly developed ClutchFit - a lightweight, stretch material designed to move with the foot without bunching or binding - as one of its latest innovations. And it's betting the technology will revolutionize shoes across multiple sports and pay off in a bigger share of the booming footwear market.
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By Bloomberg News | January 23, 2009
The Chicago Cubs baseball franchise sued Baltimore-based Under Armour Inc. yesterday, contending that the sports apparel maker reneged on a promised $10.8 million, five-year sponsorship agreement after its profits declined. In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, the ballclub said the garment maker agreed to the deal and is still using Cubs players and the team's stadium, Wrigley Field, in advertisements for its products. Under Armour told the Cubs in a Dec. 12 letter that it would not sponsor them for the next season and "would not meet any of its obligations under the agreement," according to the team's complaint, which seeks full payment of the contract price.
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By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,Sun Columnist | September 6, 2006
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is scheduled to profile his company this afternoon at the Goldman Sachs retailing conference in New York, and the assembled investors will probably harp about profit margins. Margins - sales minus costs expressed as a percentage of sales - are the obsession of Under Armour analysts and seemingly the Achilles heel in Under Armour's armor. After one margin measure slipped 2 percentage points in the second-quarter report, the Baltimore company's stock went from $40 to $33 in two weeks.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
Kevin Plank soared up Forbes' list of the world's top billionaires. The 41-year-old founder and CEO of Baltimore-based Under Armour is now the world's 731 s t richest person, with a net worth of $2.4 billion. That's up from number 1,175 on last year's list, when Plank had a net worth of $1.2 billion. Plank, who owns more than 21 million shares of Under Armour, has steered the sports apparel maker in just the past several months through continued overseas expansion, the company's first acquisition and a 10-year deal to supply the athletic teams at the University of Notre Dame, Forbes noted in its list.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Under Armour has agreed to a multi-year partnership with Fight For Children, a non-profit working to improve early childhood and K-12 education. The Baltimore-based sports apparel brand said Tuesday it will serve as the presenting sponsor of the group's annual Fight Night fundraising event, now in its 25 t h year. The Washington fund-raiser attracts 2,000 attendees from business, government, entertainment and community service for a night of entertainment and professional boxing.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2011
Under Armour announced Wednesday that it signed an endorsement deal with Cam Newton, last year's Heisman Trophy winner and quarterback when the Auburn Tigers became the BCS National Championship team this year. Newton's deal will begin with a national advertising and in-store campaign this year, and he will wear the Baltimore company's latest football gear at this week's NFL Scouting Combine. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. "Cam Newton is an incredible talent and a proven champion whose skills are unique and exciting," Matt Mirchin, Under Armour's senior vice president of sports marketing, said in a statement.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2011
Under Armour is hoping to double the size of its Baltimore headquarters to accommodate additional employees, a retail store and a company museum. The sports apparel company wants to build an additional 400,000 square feet at Tide Point, an office complex in the Locust Point neighborhood that the firm, which had rented there for years, bought earlier this year. The company envisions a 20,000-square-foot store opening in 2013, with offices and the museum to follow. Underground and surface parking are also planned.
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