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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.

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20 Responses to “Newton, others could be fined for Under Armour visor clips”
  1. strokeytheclown says: Sep 25, 2013 1:08 PM

    And yet no one bats an eye over Tom Brady wearing UA stuff. But its OK cuz it’s Tom Brady, right?

  2. jcmeyer10 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:10 PM

    I’ll assume that Under Armour will just pay the fine in his next contract.

  3. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Sep 25, 2013 1:11 PM

    “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.

  4. gregmorris78 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:20 PM

    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?

  5. breakroomboredom says: Sep 25, 2013 1:26 PM

    LOL that is a great picture for this article

  6. 1964bclions says: Sep 25, 2013 1:29 PM

    Under Armour?…. Sounds like deodorant.

  7. jetslakersfan says: Sep 25, 2013 1:32 PM

    Storkey

    Ur right Tom Brady is the golden boy. That was proven when he got hit low and they changed the rule. But they won’t change cut blocks on the OL.

  8. jbl429 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:34 PM

    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!

  9. tigers182 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:35 PM

    So they’ll fine you for wearing the wrong brand of visor clips, but if you wrap your car around a tree, drunk at 7am, you can play the next day. Ok

  10. andyoursistertoo says: Sep 25, 2013 1:36 PM

    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!!!

  11. beezman says: Sep 25, 2013 1:38 PM

    Nike should be fined for their hideously overpriced and ill-fitting fan jerseys.

  12. eastcoastniner says: Sep 25, 2013 1:41 PM

    Nike paid a billion+ dollars….enough said.

  13. tlcummins says: Sep 25, 2013 2:07 PM

    What’s next? Fans getting fined gor wearing non nike jersey’s at the stadium’s?

  14. 2jivecrew says: Sep 25, 2013 2:17 PM

    @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.

  15. mark0226 says: Sep 25, 2013 2:27 PM

    I wish my vendors would pay ME to use their products!

  16. Ridley Me This says: Sep 25, 2013 2:30 PM

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

  17. eastcoastniner says: Sep 25, 2013 3:38 PM

    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.

  18. kw3112000 says: Sep 25, 2013 5:48 PM

    I think Nike is scared that Under Armour might become the new face of sports

  19. dustinocarter says: Sep 27, 2013 8:06 AM

    @tlcummins they should be. Reebok and all other Jerseys w the exception of Mitchell & Ness should be banned for how ugly they are.

  20. judsonjr says: Sep 27, 2013 4:05 PM

    It’s a good this Forbes was on top of this. How many people were saved by them catching this atrocity.

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