Jul 11, 2018

Rangers embroiled in court battle with Sports Direct over kit

Glasgow's Rangers Football Club has become embroiled in a High Court battle with Sports Direct and its billionaire owner Mike Ashley with a trial scheduled for later this month. Sports Direct and Rangers struck retailing, intellectual property and sponsorship agreements in July 2012, according to a High Court judgment published in 2016. After taking over as chairman, Mr King said the agreements between the previous Rangers board and Sports Direct had contributed to "Poor performance" from the club's retail business. Rangers fans also boycotted kit purchases from the club's Ibrox store, in the belief Sports Direct was not sharing enough of its profits from the sales of shirts and other merchandise with Rangers. Last year, Rangers announced a new commercial deal with Sports Direct that it said was on "Terms substantially different" from the previous one.

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