The classic college basketball film Hoosiers celebrates is thirtieth anniversary in 2016. The NBA’s Indiana Pacers have come up with a great way to honor the classic film about their in-state university.
According to NBA.com, the Pacers will wear jerseys inspired by the movie in the upcoming season. The jerseys were released in partnership with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Studios, the production company that made the movie, as part of NBA Pride Collection.
Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations and NBA Legend Larry Bird talked about the team’s decision to honor the classic film: “Our team will be honored to wear the Hickory uniforms because of the attention it will bring to the storied history of Indiana basketball and the success of that movie. Hoosiers takes us all back to a special place and time.”
Todd Taylor, Pacers Sports & Entertainment’s Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing, championed the idea of wearing the Hickory uniforms and worked with MGM on the partnership.
“Obviously, we revere the film, but more importantly we believe our organization, especially our players, embody the core message of the story – by coming together as a team, there is nothing that can’t be accomplished,” said Taylor.
Hoosiers will always hold a special place in many college basketball fans for years to come. This was the perfect way to honor the classic movie and I think we could be seeing more like this in the future.
The 1996 classic Space Jam turns twenty years old in 2016. I REALLY hope the Chicago Bulls reveal some Tune Squad inspired jerseys.
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