Professional US Sports Leagues Losses to Counterfeits

In 2012, the major professional sports leagues in the United States lost over $13 Billion in revenue due to sales of counterfeit jerseys and apparel.

Merchandise of the National Football League (NFL) had the most losses to counterfeits, with nearly $3 Billion of the total, according to The Licensing Letter.

Authentic “elite” jerseys, which are similar to the jerseys worn by NFL players on game day, retail for $250. Sellers of the counterfeit jersey, with the Nike logo, NFL hologram, and other key indicators, sell for $75.

Source:  Allan Brettman, “NFL, Nike fight to keep counterfeit products off the market,” Orgonian, November 16, 2013.