Nike and Reebok have settled a lawsuit over the right to sell New York Jets football apparel bearing the name of the Jets' new quarterback, Tim Tebow. According to a final judgment made public on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan, Reebok agreed to stop selling Jets-related apparel with Tebow's name on it. Reebok also agreed to buy back such apparel already shipped to retailers. Reebok's licensing agreement with the National Football League ended March 31, and Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike became the official supplier of licensed NFL apparel this month.
New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has already been introduced to fans, but they'll have to wait until Tuesday to meet his official NFL jersey. U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel granted Nike a temporary restraining order late Wednesday, finding "sufficient reason" for him to block sales of Tebow merchandise created by Reebok after March 1. Nike has a five-year contract to be the NFL's exclusive provider of on-field apparel, including game uniforms and sideline apparel.
NEW YORK — New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has already been introduced to fans, but they’ll have to wait until Tuesday to meet his official NFL jersey. U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel granted Nike Inc. a temporary restraining order late Wednesday, finding “sufficient reason” for him to block sales of Tebow merchandise created by Reebok International Ltd. after March 1. Nike has a five-year contract to be the NFL’s exclusive provider of on-field apparel, including game uniforms and sideline apparel. It maintained in a lawsuit that Reebok rushed to market with Tebow apparel to take advantage of a
In a showdown between sports merchandising giants, Nike alleged that Reebok illegally sold Tim Tebow shirts and other apparel soon after he was traded to the Jets last week, according to a complaint filed late Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan. “Despite not having any current right or license to produce new N.F.L. products featuring N.F.L. player identification (i.e., player name and number), Reebok is producing and selling Tim Tebow-identified New York Jets apparel products in order to capitalize on the public’s short-lived intense consumer appetite for such products, and to prevent Nike from doing so,” the complaint said.
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