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Nike sues Reebok for making Tebow jerseys

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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.

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45 Responses to “Nike sues Reebok for making Tebow jerseys”
  1. melikefootball says: Mar 28, 2012 11:01 AM

    Does a day go by that there is not a TEBOW article???

  2. castleofcheese says: Mar 28, 2012 11:06 AM

    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…

  3. zillabeast says: Mar 28, 2012 11:07 AM

    lmao

  4. skito13 says: Mar 28, 2012 11:10 AM

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

  5. dreamofkristen says: Mar 28, 2012 11:14 AM

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

  6. dreamofkristen says: Mar 28, 2012 11:16 AM

    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

  7. kokomike says: Mar 28, 2012 11:17 AM

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

  8. noeffinway says: Mar 28, 2012 11:18 AM

    melikefootball says: Mar 28, 2012 11:01 AM

    Does a day go by that there is not a TEBOW article???
    ——————–

    Nope……..because Tebow is everything.

  9. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Mar 28, 2012 11:19 AM

    The evil empire headed by a white Knight…Nike is just awful.

  10. uwsptke says: Mar 28, 2012 11:22 AM

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

  11. benacci says: Mar 28, 2012 11:25 AM

    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.

  12. rdrs68 says: Mar 28, 2012 11:26 AM

    Hey buddy have I got a deal for you-Tebow jerseys in Denver!

  13. 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.

  14. We'reFineThere says: Mar 28, 2012 11:27 AM

    I’m getting both!

  15. kevpft says: Mar 28, 2012 11:30 AM

    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.

  16. empirework says: Mar 28, 2012 11:32 AM

    And this is why Reebok should still make the jerseys why change companies after soo many years

  17. nflfollower says: Mar 28, 2012 11:32 AM

    Reebok tebow jets jerseys will be rare and ultimately worth more after he wins multiple super bowls, ha ha this is all ridiculous.

  18. cooklynn17 says: Mar 28, 2012 11:34 AM

    Greed, greed, greed…

  19. dldove77 says: Mar 28, 2012 11:39 AM

    Just sue it!

  20. mdpickles says: Mar 28, 2012 11:40 AM

    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.

  21. bergencountyjc says: Mar 28, 2012 11:42 AM

    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.

  22. cleverbob says: Mar 28, 2012 11:44 AM

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

  23. skinsnhoyas says: Mar 28, 2012 11:46 AM

    I don’t care as long as they got that 2x Burgundy RG3 authentic or premier Jersey waiting on me…HAIL!!

  24. patcheatiots says: Mar 28, 2012 11:47 AM

    I Thought Scotty Mcknight is #15
    Until he Cashes in for his #.

  25. shackdelrio says: Mar 28, 2012 11:51 AM

    On a related note, Summer’s Eve is suing God for making Darren Rovell.

  26. whatnojets says: Mar 28, 2012 12:07 PM

    I’m waiting for the new Giants Tebow jersey to come out on April 1st!

  27. 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.

  28. knojuan says: Mar 28, 2012 12:18 PM

    Rich peoples problems are funny…

  29. whatnojets says: Mar 28, 2012 12:20 PM

    NFL jersey’s made in Honduras!!

    What a joke! Not even made in The USA!!!

  30. druhlman says: Mar 28, 2012 12:22 PM

    That’s why ya gotta love baseball….majestic forever…

  31. eyeh8goodell says: Mar 28, 2012 12:44 PM

    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.

  32. pftwstbshmc says: Mar 28, 2012 12:45 PM

    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.

  33. chawk12thman says: Mar 28, 2012 12:49 PM

    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.

  34. dspyank2k11 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:49 PM

    you guys know that these Nike Jerseys (for common replicas) are going to cost us some crazy price (because its Nike).

  35. tbtrojan says: Mar 28, 2012 12:51 PM

    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.

  36. jakek2 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:51 PM

    Reebok should have simply offered to split the profits with Nike 50/50.

  37. londonfletcher says: Mar 28, 2012 1:00 PM

    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.

  38. moagecu says: Mar 28, 2012 1:15 PM

    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.

  39. scoops1 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:20 PM

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

  40. modellforprez says: Mar 28, 2012 3:34 PM

    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.

  41. illiniftw says: Mar 28, 2012 3:40 PM

    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.
    —————————————————-

    I hate when people use this point like it is easy to make sure nobody buys jerseys so the price goes down.

  42. biglebronski says: Mar 28, 2012 4:48 PM

    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.

  43. rayguyreturns says: Mar 28, 2012 7:04 PM

    “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.
    —————————————————-

    “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.

  44. laxcoach37 says: Mar 28, 2012 7:21 PM

    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!

  45. restoretheroar1 says: May 4, 2012 11:53 PM

    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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