Amanda Fritz meets with Nike

Apparel giant wanted to make peace with commissioner who previously struck deal with Under Armour.

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Nike recently held a meeting with Amanda Fritz, aiming to make peace with the commissioner who recently struck a deal with Under Armour.

Fritz approved a deal with Nike’s competition for new soccer fields at Duniway and Lents parks.

On Monday afternoon, Nike and Fritz achieved a détente of sorts.

Fritz and Julia Brim-Edwards, Nike senior director for global strategy and operations, met for about 50 minutes about future cooperation between the city and the world’s largest athletic footwear and apparel brand, which is based near Beaverton. The meeting, which Nike had requested, had been scheduled to last a half hour.

“No details were discussed,” Fritz chief of staff Tim Crail said. “It was just a first overture after the Under Armour decision and how to communicate and find places where we can still cooperate.”


With public funds becoming increasingly harder to secure, it’s smart for the Portland city government to take advantage of the sports retail giants in their backyard.

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