The fine folks at Nike are set to take over as the official uniform supplier of the NFL for the 2012 season. At the beginning of March, Nike took over player rights, while Reebok held onto NFL rights until the 31st of this month. That means, Reebok could continue to manufacture gear with the NFL logo, but no player names.
Reebok crossed the lines when they quickly produced New York Jets jerseys with Tim Tebow’s name on the back to try to make a final financial push. Nike did not appreciate their effort.
Nike has decided to sue Reebok and they have issued a statement on the suit that will be filed, via CNBC’s Darren Rovell:
“We have filed a complaint relating to unauthorized use of Tim Tebow’s name on New York Jets related apparel. Nike is authorized and licensed to use Tim Tebow’s name on products. We have no further comment at this stage.”
Reebok was only authorized to sell the remainder of their stock before Nike rolled out their new threads next week at an event in New York City. They clearly violated that by marketing the Tebow Jets jerseys.
What can we take away from this? Nike will certainly win their suit and Tim Tebow is already creating controversy this season. Watch out, Mark Sanchez.