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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Illinois State University
RFP #SR091818
Request for Proposal: Athletic Team Apparel and Footwear
Award Info Published Friday October 26, 2018
Awarded to:
Vendor: BSN Sports, LLC, Dallas, TX
Amount: An estimated $1,000,000
An estimated start date of 11/1/2018 through 6/30/2021
3 two-year, then 1 one-year
Potential Future Renewals: $3,500,000
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Respondents: 0
BEP Utilization is reflected in file SR091818BidTabBEP.pdf.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
This notice has been modified
Published Wednesday September 12, 2018
The due date for this solicitation has been extended to Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 2 PM CST. Attached you will find Addendum 1 including the due date extension and responses to questions received. See SR091818Addendum1.docx.
This notice has been modified
Published Wednesday September 5, 2018
This modification is to remind vendors about the State of Illinois Requirements for submitting proposals. See attached file: SR091818StateRequirements
First published Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Sealed proposals will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Thursday September 20, 2018:

Purchasing Office
Illinois State University at Uptown Crossing
1220 Campus Box
100 South Fell Avenue, Suite D
Normal, IL 61790

Illinois State University is a Division 1 NCAA school with over 460 student athletes. The University is currently seeking an Athletic Team Apparel and Footwear provider to best serve the needs of the intercollegiate Athletics program by outfitting the University teams and providing the best possible product, pricing and sponsorship. Respondents are to submit proposals with the most beneficial pricing, terms, and Athletic Team Apparel/Footwear Sponsorship package for the University that they can offer. Apparel, footwear and accessories are to be purchased on an as-needed basis and as required by each sports program. Teams will begin wearing awarded Vendor's apparel no sooner than July 1, 2019.

The successful vendor will have the primary right to have their brand (logo) on all athletic apparel, footwear and accessories purchased by University with minor exceptions. As such sports fans can view, either in person or via live streaming or televised games, Vendor's products on student athletes at University athletic competition events. Such brand-exposure is far reaching, potentially impacts brand-recognition for such viewers, and as such may influence private-consumer purchasing decisions in terms of brand selection or preference. Additionally, the University offers opportunities to explore various promotional options that allow the Vendor increased brand recognition and advertising options.


A voluntary pre-submission conference call will take place September 5, 2018 at 2 pm. Additional details are available in Section 1.5 of the Solicitation document.

For additional information, contact:
Stacy Brown
Purchasing Office
Illinois State University at Uptown Crossing
1220 Campus Box
100 South Fell Avenue, Suite D
Normal, IL 61790-1220
Phone: (309) 438-1946
FAX: (309) 438-5555
State Purchasing Officer - Constance Ratliff
There is a BEP goal for this procurement. See solicitation documentation for details.

This transaction is subject to the State Board of Elections registration and certification requirements of Public Act 095-0971.

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Specification Documents
  • SR091818Addendum1.docx (42 KB)
  • SR091818AthleticApparelandFootwear.docx (254 KB)
  • SR091818BEPUtilizationPlanV14-1.pdf (161 KB)
  • SR091818LetterOfIntentTemplateV14-1.pdf (109 KB)
  • SR091818StateRequirements.docx (22 KB)
Public Opening Documents
  • SR091818BidTabBEP.pdf (55 KB)