Nike has signed LeBron James to a lifetime deal, ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports.
The contract is the largest single-athlete deal in Nike’s 44-year history. It also marks the first time that Nike has officially given a lifetime deal.
James, who is 30 and entering a new phase of his career, signed a seven-year, $90 million contract with Nike before he was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003. In 2010, James re-signed with Nike and reportedly earned as much as $30 million annually.
SportsOneSource reports that James has had his own signature shoe line with Nike since his rookie season, and sales of his shoe were the highest among active players at $340 million per year, according to Forbes.
As Fortune’s Daniel Roberts notes, James’ deal with Nike is the latest in a series of successful business ventures. Last week, he landed a $15.8 million investment from Time Warner Cable in his media company.
Rovell also noted that Nike and James discussed possibly breaking out James’ brand separately from the Nike basketball umbrella, but ultimately decided against it.
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