ESPN reported Monday that Major League Baseball achieved a 10-year partnership agreement with Fanatics and Under Armour as league's official partners. The apparel and footwear company will take the place of Majestic Athletic as the MLB's official uniform distributor, while the largest sports retailer will manage the retail side of the operation.

The deal will initiate in 2020

"We are excited to build on our partnership with Under Armour, a powerful global brand that continues to grow exponentially, and Fanatics, an industry leader in sporting licensing," MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred, Jr.

said. "We appreciate Majestic's many contributions to our clubs, players and fans throughout our partnership."

According to the agreement, Under Armour will distribute products to the MLB teams with all on-field gear, such as uniforms and game-day and practice outerwear, which has been produced by Majestic. Fanatics, an online retailer of licensed sports apparel and merchandise, will create products that will be marketed to fans as well as to retailers.

Under Armour will supply fitness products to MLB teams

All exclusive connected fitness products will be distributed to MLB teams.

Under Armour developed the brand's electronically connected fitness platforms that are available in the applications, including UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and My FitnessPal, for the digital health and fitness community.

Prior to the National Basketball Association Finals in June 2016, the league declared a partnership with Under Armour to commence the fit app called NBA FIT, which is set for use and downloadable on the App store and Google Play.

Even though Under Armour has inked MLB players Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw to apparel deal, obtaining a professional sports league uniform deal is the first time the company has sealed something on this scale.

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Prior to Under Armour's deal with the MLB, the company did not achieve an apparel deal with the NBA. Instead, it went to Nike who won an agreement with the NBA last summer.

The clothing and footwear brand has supplied base layer apparel to MLB for 16 years. In 2006, the company manufactured the cleats for baseball players, and eventually became the MLB's footwear provider in 2011. Under Armour, the company which was established by founder and CEO Kevin Plank in 1996, acquired over 400 professional baseball players on the roster.

When the next season starts, Fanatics will obtain broader licensing rights to establish MLB trademarks to represent the products. Two years later, the sports e-commerce company will work with the apparel and footwear industry to manufacture gear for each MLB team. The league's site has been managed by Fanatics since 2002.

Fanatics contributes $80 million to technology and production facilities

Fanatics intends to add more employees to develop ideas and create designs, as it pledged an $80 million investment in technology and production facilities to expand sports products.

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