Under Armour, Inc. is a US company that markets footwear, exercise, and casual clothes. It is based in Baltimore, Maryland under the global headquarters of Armour, with additional branches in Copenhagen, Boston, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Houston, Bangkok, Warsaw, Mexico City, Zurich, New York City, Panama City, Brussels, Cleveland, Seattle, San Francisco, São Paulo, Santiago, Seoul, Shanghai and Toronto. On 25 September 1996, Under Armour produced Kevin Plank, then 24-year-old former special team captain of the University of Maryland football team. Plank originally started business out of his grandmother's basement in Washington, D.C. He spent his days in the trunk of his car riding down the East Coast, wearing nothing but cloth. The first transaction in the business was in late 1996 for a $17,000 contract. Plank moved from his grandmother's apartment to Baltimore. After a few moves in the city, he moved to his new headquarters in Tide Point. Once a front-page USA Today illustration of Oakland Raiders qb Jeff George wearing a Under Armour mock turtleneck, viewers started to remember the brand. The first major Under Armour deal came after the front page, after a Georgia Tech plant manager asked Plank for 10 jerseys. This bid paved the door for a deal with NC State, Arizona State and other Division I football clubs. News spread and orders started to develop with positive reviews from supporters. Under Armour launched several new lines of apparel the same year including ColdGear, TurfGear, AllseasonGear, and StreetGear. Under Armour, 500 Under Armour HeatGear tops had been sold by the end of 1996, raising $17,000 for the company. In 1997 Plank had $100,000 in orders to bring in, and chose a factory in Ohio to manufacture the garments. The corporation is considered to be the primary commercial sponsor for the reality tv show Duck Dynasty and has gained attention for taking a stand with Phil Robertson's family "patriarch." At the 2014 Winter Olympics the costumes worn by speedskaters were given under Armour. Although wearing the latest Mach 39 speedsuits, the US speedskaters lost but the skaters failed to survive when they reverted to their previous style suits. Although there seemed to be no structural flaw in the suit resulting in poor results, the suits ' declaration dropped by 2.38 per cent under Armour stock. The organisation has been actively vying for Nike to negotiate a marketing deal for NBA MVP Kevin Durant, promising a reported US$ 250,000,000 for 10 years. Nevertheless, in the end, Adidas re-signed Durant after agreeing to create an deal that would give US$ 300,000,000. Under Armour, on December 5, 2016, signed a 10-year contract with Major League Baseball to become the official on-field clothing provider to the MLB, starting in 2020. Under Armour will replace Majestic, which has been the provider of clothing to MLB since 2004. Nonetheless, in May 2018 Under Armour was said to be pulling out of the MLB deal to save around $50 million to the company. Nike would then become the supplier of on-field uniform for the team. The contract MLB entered into with Nike on 25 January 2019 became official. Items under Armour include sports shoes, t-shirts, hats, hoodies, tops, leggings, trousers, and accessories such as jackets, gloves, caps and protective gear. U.S. rugby, baseball, and soccer uniforms are made under Armour, among other sports. Under Armour's widening product lines, such as TurfGear, AllseasonGear and StreetGear, put Under Armour at the forefront of the emerging performance apparel sector. Under Armour their Women's Fitness Clothing collection was launched in 2003. Under Armour, announced an expansion to their ColdGear product range, named Infrared, after their release in 2013. This line aims to use ceramic powder to dissipate heat through the wearer's body and recirculate it. This was supposedly designed so as not to have the heat signature of the wearer. Also introduced in 2012 under Armour was a product with scent recognition technology dubbed "Under Armour Scent Protection." The line is built to protect the wearer from detecting the tang.