Sports apparel firm Russell Athletic has extended its licensing deal with Major League Baseball Properties to remain an official uniform of Major League Baseball and provide MLB authentic and genuine apparel through 2003.

The Atlanta-based division of Russell Corporation is the world's largest supplier of team uniforms and the official uniform supplier to 15 Major League Baseball teams.

"We are pleased to extend our partnership with Russell Athletic," said Howard Smith, senior vice president of licensing for Major League Baseball Properties.

"Russell Athletic is a true baseball brand and we look forward to continuing this successful relationship and working together to produce exciting and innovative lines of Major League Baseball apparel."

"We are very excited to continue our partnership with Major League Baseball Properties," said Matt Mirchin, president of Russell Athletic team sports. "Our relationship with MLB Properties is central to our leadership position in the baseball uniform market."