Newton, others could be fined for Under Armour visor clips

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The NFL will likely soon be exclaiming, “We must protect this sponsor!”

With Nike paying more than $1 billion to exclusively supply NFL uniforms, Nike won’t be thrilled to realize that Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and other members of the team have been using visor clips engraved with the Under Armour logo.

Chris Smith of Forbes.com discovered the violation that had been hiding in plain sight, and NFC communications director Randall Liu tells Smith that a violation of the uniform rules occurs “if the clips are not clear of all logos.”

The league’s 2013 fine schedule doesn’t specify the penalty for violation of official league licensing agreements.  In such cases, the “severity [is] to be determined by degree of violation.”

In this specific case, the Panthers also could be fined.  Team spokesman Charlie Dayton told Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer that the organization believed the clips were permissible because the logo had been blacked out.  A team source told the Observer that Under Armour clips are used because they’re easier to manage.

(Hell, that’s an even better endorsement than seeing the logos on the clips.)

Other Panthers wearing the clips, per the Observer, include running back DeAngelo Williams, defensive end Charles Johnson, and defensive end Greg Hardy.

According to Forbes.com, other players from other teams also could face scrutiny, including Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, 49ers safety Eric Reid, and Browns receiver Josh Gordon.

It’s a delicate situation for the league, since the league hadn’t previously noticed the violations and thus indirectly ratified them.  But Nike won’t be happy that it’s investment is being undermined and it’s brand diluted.

Don’t be surprised if, in the end, the league simply tells all teams to get rid of the Under Armour clips — and that anyone who does it in the future will be disciplined.

You know, kind of like what the league office should have done with the Saints bounty case.

20 responses to “Newton, others could be fined for Under Armour visor clips

  1. “Don’t be surprised if, in the end, the league simply tells all teams to get rid of the Under Armour clips — and that anyone who does it in the future will be disciplined.

    You know, kind of like what the league office should have done with the Saints bounty case.”
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    Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t that what happened in the bounty case? I thought they were warned by the league to stop having bounties but the team kept the program running anyway.

  2. I like your final sentence here Mike

    Suspending the Saints coaches for the year was silly and only done for posturing reasons.

    So I guess you have to use Nike jock straps too even if they are uncomfortable? Who make the footballs? Who makes the face masks and cleats? Gloves? Nike cant be expected to produce all equipment that outperforms others. Where is the (balls) line league?

  3. Clearly the Giants would have won that game if Cam wasn’t wearing that visor clip. I demand that game be stricken from the record book!

  4. No Fun League says it gets paid millions of dollars for you to wear their Nike Chinese junk. And how dare you have the audacity to make money on your own, by placing little clips that help the players make money advertising. The NFL would be much more fun if the L was removed!!!

  5. @ridingwithnohandlebars

    You must be living under a rock. The “bounty” case blew up in Goodell’s face in humiliating fashion. He need Tagliabu to bail him out and help him save face.

  6. am i the only fan in the world who doesn’t notice or care what brand of anything footballers are wearing?

  7. Why are people so thick-headed about this stuff. Love em or hate em, Nike paid good money for exclusive rights. If UA wanted in, they should have outbid.

    If the players want UA money do it where it doesn’t interfere with NFL business, otherwise they have every right to join another league or start their own league.

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