AS Roma announced that it had agreed with Nike on an early termination of their sponsorship agreement after the end of the 2019/20 season. Reports indicate that Under Armour may be in line to take Nike’s place, paying higher fees. “The early termination of the commercial agreement will allow AS Roma to explore new opportunities in the equipment and licensing space,” said Francesco Calvo, chief operating officer of the Italian football team, without giving any explanations for the break-up. A new agreement, whose terms could not be learnt, will see Nike providing the Italian club with all the on-pitch, training and casual products for the first team and the youth and women’s teams until the end of the 2020/21 season. Nike replaced Kappa prematurely as the club’s technical sponsor in 2013 under a deal that was supposed to last for ten years from the 2014/15 playing season, but the team’s management complained a few years that the annual fee of between €4 million and €5 million was too low. Since then, AS Roma’s ranking in the Italian first division has declined from #2 to #5, coming behind the other major Roman football team, SS Lazio, which is sponsored by Macron since 2012, and it failed to qualify for the Champions League for two seasons, leading to lower performance bonuses. The sponsorship fee paid by Nike to AS Roma compares with annual fees of about €50 million by Adidas for Italy’s #1 team, Juventus, €15 million by Puma for AS Milan and €10 million by Nike for Inter Milan.