New York Jets’ newly acquired back-up quarterback Tim Tebow is causing two of the largest sporting apparel companies, fight over his name on their apparel.
Fans of the young celebrated quarterback have to wait till middle of next week to view or don the actual and official “Tim Tebow” NFL jersey because of unfinished contract issues between Nike and Reebok.
According to reports, a U.S. District Judge granted Nike Inc. a temporary restraining order late Wednesday, finding “sufficient reason” for Judge to block Nike sales of Tebow merchandise created by Reebok International, Ltd. after March 1st.
Nike is currently and has a five-year contract with the NFL to provide on-field jerseys, game uniforms and sideline apparel for the giant franchise league. Nike mentioned in a lawsuit against Reebok that Reebok rushed to exclusively market Tim Tebow apparel to sneakily take advantage of a “unique and short-lived opportunity.”
Nike further mentioned that Reebok was supposed to get Tebow’s permission if it was OK to hurry the sales of the star’s jerseys immediately after Tebow was released by the Denver Broncos. (Tebow was released by the Denver Broncos approximately two weeks after March 1st.)
Reebok’s 10-year NFL licensing deal ends in March. The U.S. District Judge also banned Reebok from selling any “Tebow” apparel unless a legitimate deal was made by March 1st, when Tebow was still with the Denver Broncos.
Reebok’s spokesperson, Daniel Sarro said they are preparing solid reports of evidence and will come after and “refute Nike’s contentions.”
Nike’s president, Charlie Denson, who just entered the company’s contract with the NFL, added that the company was “incredibly excited about the potential of our partnership with the NFL.”
We shall see in weeks if Reebok or Nike will win the war by boasting Tim Tebow’s name on their apparel.
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