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Should Nike Sue Reebok Over Tebow Jerseys?

Sports 2012/03/29 16:34:31
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Nike isn't happy with its fiercest competitor -- Reebok -- a subsidiary of Adidas. According to reports, Nike is pursuing legal action against Rebook over alleged illegal manufacturing of jerseys. Whose jersey, you may ask? Well, none other than the newest member of the New York Jets, quarterback Tim Tebow. Yes, TebowMania has run wild in the apparel industry and now in the court room.

According to Nike itself, the problem the company has with Reebok is that it is misleading consumers. In one week, Nike replaces Rebook as the official jersey/apparel provider of the NFL, meaning all of the jerseys with be produced by Nike -- with the Nike logo on them. However, Reebok decided to release new Jets jerseys of Tebow just one week before Nike's new deal takes place and as many can imagine, TebowMania caused them to be a hot seller.

While it's unlikely people will stop buying Tebow jerseys next week and beyond, Rebook was the manufacturer that got to reap the benefits of the initial wave of New York TebowMania. In other words: Nike feels like Reebok cheated the company out of money it should have made a week later when the new deal with the NFL comes into effect. Is this a foul and sue-able offense by Reebok or just good business and sour grapes from Nike?

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  • littlebuffalo55TBA 2012/05/14 00:59:25
    No
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    The contract has a start date! That's when it goes into effect not before.
  • bob 2012/04/21 12:37:42
    No
    bob
    i think no because they just wanted to make there last product and i think Reebok is better
  • WatchTheRhythm 2012/04/04 02:21:32
    No
    WatchTheRhythm
    +1
    Hell no. Tough for Nike.
  • Dan T. 2012/04/04 00:29:17
    No
    Dan T.
    Such a sue happy society we live in......
  • PM 2012/04/03 11:50:45
    No
    PM
    Next week means next week, not this week. Reebok had every right to produce the jerseys up until the last day. Nike - get over it. They probably would have done the same.
  • Nichole 2012/04/02 22:27:10
    No
    Nichole
    Reebok was the official provider of the NFL when it made and sold the Tebow jerseys. Nike needs to just get over it. I prefer Reebok anyway...
  • Sister Jean 2012/04/02 22:20:17
    Yes
    Sister Jean
    yes
  • PM Sister ... 2012/04/03 11:53:25
    PM
    +1
    Why? If you have a contract that runs until the end of the month and you keep on producing right up until the end of the month, have you done anything wrong? Let me reverse that. Lets say you are under contract until the end of the month, and the last week you refuse to honor the contract seeing that your replacement will take over, can you be sued for damages that you didn't provide services until the end of your contract?
  • Giantfan 2012/04/02 15:00:24
    No
    Giantfan
    +1
    People should sue Nike or ripping the them (the people) off on every pair of shoes they sell. They pay Chinese labor 65 cents and hour and charge you $100+ for a pair of their shoes. That's highway robbery. But as the saying goes, a fool and his money are soon parted. Now as for what was written here if Reebok still has a week left before Nike takes the contract over they have every right to produce that product right up to the last second. After that Nike has a case.
  • P. Sturm 2012/04/02 10:05:17
    No
    P. Sturm
    +1
    Adidas 8 year old Brazilian workers got them out before Nike's 6 year old Bangladeshis fair and square.
  • joe mauro 2012/04/02 07:18:15
    No
    joe mauro
    +2
    give mea break
  • Evan Ginsburg 2012/04/02 02:16:30
    No
    Evan Ginsburg
    +1
    Bother company's deserve to make the "OFFICIAL" Jersey.
  • Bob DiN 2012/04/01 23:39:15
    No
    Bob DiN
    +2
    I think Reebok wins on a tech.
  • Adam 2012/04/01 19:34:54
    No
    Adam
    +3
    How ridiculous, all the did was utilize the time they had left to make money.
  • patchulie 2012/04/01 16:03:54
    No
    patchulie
    +3
    Nike has CRAZY money... Sheeez
    Nike, let it go
  • Chieki 2012/03/31 20:49:17
    No
    Chieki
    +2
    Is there a licensing contract?
  • ATM 2012/03/31 20:42:28
    No
    ATM
    +3
    Just come out with something better and move on...you own the league now. Let Reebok have their week...
  • Ewelina Dziuba 2012/03/31 20:09:17
    No
    Ewelina Dziuba
    +2
    Finders keepers, losers weepers...
  • The Bee Guy 2012/03/31 14:45:09
    No
    The Bee Guy
    +1
    Contract wasn't yet in effect, Reebok still had the right to produce the product for the additional week.
    Further There should be a little question of the protectionism in that industry (sports) which allows them to charge unreasonable amounts for a product. Tickets are to high priced, players are paid to much, and the clothing isn't worth a tenth the cost.
    I refuse to buy, and I refuse to wear this kind of clothing. Also I refuse to wear clothing not advertising either my own business, or one for people I work for. I refuse to buy a billboard, that the business should pay me to wear, to do their advertising for them...
  • Cesare 2012/03/31 13:36:28
    No
    Cesare
    +3
    Rebook?
  • Dave 007 2012/03/31 11:39:54
    No
    Dave 007
    +2
    Who Cares. Big company against big company. Either one one is going to rape us on the prices they charge.
  • truthman 2012/03/31 05:42:05
    No
    truthman
    +2
    Nike was a week late and a dollar short!
  • Wahvlvke 2012/03/31 02:14:21
    No
    Wahvlvke
    +2
    Competition at its best ... make hay while the sun is shining.
  • Duane Freemantle 2012/03/31 02:13:34
    No
    Duane Freemantle
    +2
    The exclusivity for manufacturers for professional leagues should stopped, and replaced with team exclusivity.
  • wildcat 2012/03/31 02:01:11
    No
    wildcat
    +2
    Reebok has the exclusive rights to NFL attire until the middle of April.
  • dennisg40 2012/03/31 00:09:32
    Yes
    dennisg40
    +1
    If Reebock has no legal right to make the Jersey's then I would say a law suit is in order by Nike. Reebock knew they violated the rules but they didn't care.
  • erix dennisg40 2012/03/31 17:02:02
    erix
    +3
    Reebok does have the legal right until Nike takes over next week
  • bob dennisg40 2012/04/21 12:40:01
  • Tennessee3501 2012/03/30 22:54:46
    Yes
    Tennessee3501
    +2
    Lawyers deserve to make a living too!
  • Bob DiN Tenness... 2012/04/01 23:40:48
    Bob DiN
    +3
    And they do at our expnse.
  • bob Tenness... 2012/04/21 12:40:45
    bob
    +1
    do your a bitch
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/03/30 22:37:26
    No
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Another frivolous lawsuit between babies.
  • tagengsup2004 2012/03/30 21:36:26
    No
    tagengsup2004
    +2
    Nike is just trying to take advantage of Tim's popularity
  • Kristin 2012/03/30 21:23:03
    No
    Kristin
    +2
    Egad!! Why does everyone have sue-itis??
  • EB 2012/03/30 21:19:14
    No
    EB
    +2
    Timing is everything!
  • dzzshadz 2012/03/30 21:16:20
    No
    dzzshadz
    +2
    To bad so sad for Nike. Reebok was in there right to do what they did. Nike is just pissed off. I like Reebok better anyway they make better high tops then Nike. I'm talking fit and feel on my feet.
  • freedog 2012/03/30 20:38:39
    No
    freedog
    +2
    Smart business decision, Reebok.
  • willy1der56 2012/03/30 20:22:24
    No
    willy1der56
    +2
    Nike's contract isn't legit yet, tough luck! smart move by reebok.
  • Ron in Oregon 2012/03/30 20:06:55
    Yes
    Ron in Oregon
    +2
    Hey listen to the news: Its over and Nike won.
  • bob Ron in ... 2012/04/21 12:41:34
    bob
    i know but nike will get fired and they will come crying to reebok and reebok will take over

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