Nike sues Reebok for making Tebow jerseys

AP

Next week, Nike takes over the NFL apparel contract.  Last week, Tim Tebow became a member of the New York Jets.

So Reebok decided to make one last cash grab, rushing Tebow jerseys bearing the Reebok logo to market.

And Nike didn’t like it.

Via Darren Rovell of CNBC, Nike has sued Reebok.  “We have filed a complaint relating to unauthorized use of Tim Tebow’s name on New York Jets related apparel,” Nike said in a statement.  “Nike is authorized and licensed to use Tim Tebow’s name on products.  We have no further comment at this stage.”

Though Nike won’t roll out its NFL apparel until next week, Rovell explains that the NFLPA license to place player names on jerseys expired last week.

It’s unknown whether Nike also has sued the NFL, which is selling the Reebok Tebow jerseys via its online store.

45 responses to “Nike sues Reebok for making Tebow jerseys

  1. It’s unknown whether Nike also has sued the NFL, which is selling the Reebok Tebow jerseys via its online store.

    Suing their best customer?… That would not fly in my business…

  2. Someone always wanting to sue somebody for something. What a world we live in. Football is getting like politics…it sucks

  3. Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, and Jim/Tammy Bakker should sue Timmy for infringing upon their scam,,,,,,,,,i mean territory.

  4. Nike is much bigger than the NFL.

    i would think that the league should quickly consult with their attorneys, and then immediatly profusely apologize to Mr. Knight and NIKE

  5. The NFL is making a mistake a day. At some point, these mistakes are going to cost the NFL a lot of money.

  6. melikefootball says: Mar 28, 2012 11:01 AM

    Does a day go by that there is not a TEBOW article???
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    Nope……..because Tebow is everything.

  7. Depending on when the license expired last week, wouldn’t they have had the exact same issue with Peyton Manning jerseys?

  8. The only reason one would even buy the Reebok Jersey is if you are assuming that Nike will go all Oregon on it. I don’t think Tebow will last a year as a Jet though.

  9. This is like the Cowboys & Redskins mess. If a contract is in effect and they have the right to do it, then go for it. Make the most of the end of that contract.

    I’ll give a damn who makes NFL gear when someone like New Balance gets a chance. Until then, it’s just corporate behemoth vs. corporate behemoth.

  10. I want to sue Nike and Reebok for selling jerseys that cost $6 to make at a 1000% markup. I can make and sell jerseys for cheaper than that, but the NFL enjoys monopolistic philosophy.

  11. It should probably be in one’s best interest to get one soon before they put a kibash on it since Reebok won’t be making anymore in a week. Could be a collector’s item…like a coin that has an error on it.

  12. And just like that, any money Reebok made will be distributed between the scaven… err… legal teams of Nike, Reebok and the NFL.

  13. Did it ever occur to people…..Just don’t buy them!
    Then watch the jersey prices come down to $1.50 each.
    BTW they make great shop rags.

  14. Looks like Nike is going to have to crap the whip on all those little kids in China and Bangladesh cranking out Nike’s crappy products for pennies a day. They got a lawsuit to pay for after all. It might cost the company a few more armed guards and suicide nets but dammit how DARE Reebok beat them to the punch and squeeze a little business out the end of their contract….which they still have.

    Haven’t purchased a Nike product in over 20 years. And I never will.

  15. Two greedy companies showing their true colors.

    Great to live in America isn’t it?

    Sounds to me that Reebok did everything they could up to the legal limit to milk this as much as possible. I don’t think Nike has a leg to stand on here.

    Then again, I’m not a fan so I don’t care about this shirt. Neither company will be getting a dime from me from the sale of this shirt.

  16. As part of relief sought by Nike; NFL has to institute new rule at Jets security gate check point…..Tebow Jersey needs to have Nike tag to enter.

  17. meytonpanning says: Mar 28, 2012 11:26 AM
    If they sue, I say Roger says no to Nike, and goes for Adidas. It would be a nice twist on the commercial side of the NFL.

    Considering that Reebok is owned by Adidas that would create a whole new mess.

  18. Not even a Jets fan, but if this could be the last jersey Reebok makes, I might buy it just for the fact that it may be worth some money one day, plus it will obviously be limited.

  19. You do all know that Reebok lost the right to the NFLPA on February 29th, while they still have the right to the NFL for 3 more days they havent had the right to the players since march 1st. Therefore Reebok cannot produce NEW jerseys with players names and numbers.

  20. I remember when a replica jersey only cost $39.99. Now companies are charging $84.99 for the same jersey

  21. boo fargin hoo gimmie a break what’s their net worth like 7 trillion and their worried reebok might get a couple hundred stacks. country is in recession I eat at soup kitchens cause gargantula kicked me out and these greed mongers should just give the rags away.

  22. rayguyreturns says: Mar 28, 2012 12:09 PM

    Did it ever occur to people…..Just don’t buy them!
    Then watch the jersey prices come down to $1.50 each.
    BTW they make great shop rags.
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    I hate when people use this point like it is easy to make sure nobody buys jerseys so the price goes down.

  23. If Reebok’s license has already expired, wouldn’t both the NFL and Tebow be eligible to sue Reebok for unauthorized use of a player’s name as well? It seems odd that the NFL is selling the Reebok jersey on nflshop.com.

  24. “illiniftw says:
    rayguyreturns says: Mar 28, 2012 12:09 PM

    Did it ever occur to people…..Just don’t buy them!
    Then watch the jersey prices come down to $1.50 each.
    BTW they make great shop rags.
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    “I hate when people use this point like it is easy to make sure nobody buys jerseys so the price goes down.”

    ____________________________________
    Jerseys, unlike food, are not basic necessities. You may “hate” the “point” but if you had learned anything about basic economics, you would already know this to be true. Lead on sheep.

  25. Clearly Reebok is wrong here, but the irony is all this legal hassle will be passed on to us. Why should a replica jersey cost over $90 ! It literally costs more to ship it here than manufacture. The irony on this story is a group of house Attorneys for NFL, Nike and Reebok are all going to make more money sorting this nonsense, than even Tebows going to make off his Contract! Go Team Litigation!

  26. I was glad that NFL went to Nike since there the best and better than Reebok. I have seen the new jersey’s they look pretty sharep like that there light weight. and those that say Nike sucks are wrong Nike makes great stuff you just don’t know what your talking about Nike is the best which is fact.

    Reebok did make cheap jersey that didn’t have NFL patch I liked the ones with the patch and also just had just front with team colors as well. Really the reason jersey is high is because of NFLPA deal with Nike is the reason.

    Nike Rules.

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