In 2011, over 60,000 counterfeit clothing and apparel items featuring college athletic teams were seized by the Collegiate Licensing Company. The value of the counterfeit goods was worth over $1 Million. The company also reported that nearly 5,000 pieces of counterfeit goods such as shirts and hats are seized each year outside the stadium where the BCS Championship game is played. Revenue from licensed collegiate athletics generates $4.3 Billion a year for the schools.
In 2010, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group of the U.S Golf Manufacturers reported that 25,000 counterfeit golf equipment such as golf clubs, bags, shoes, and balls were seized in raids conducted across major cities in China. In 2011, over 86,000 counterfeit golf equipment were seized over the course of 4 raids in the month of September alone.
The National Hockey League (NHL) has reported that the seizures of counterfeit jerseys of teams in the league has quadrupled between the 2008-2009 season and the 2011-2012 season.
Major League Baseball seizes around 6oo,000 pieces of counterfeit items bearing the logo of baseball teams every year. The amount of counterfeit baseball merchandise increases in availability during the postseason.
The 2011 Major League Baseball World Series had Game 1 held in the city of St. Louis, Missouri on October 19. During game 1 of the series, St. Louis police seized over 1,100 counterfeit shirts and caps throughout the city.
An estimated 2 million counterfeit golf clubs are sold each year, according to the Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group. Nearly 80 percent of the fake golf clubs seized over an 18-month period was made in China. Counterfeit golf equipment losses are estimated to be at $6.5 Billion a year.
US Customs and Border Patrol in Michigan seized 786 counterfeit golf equipment items in 2010. The number of counterfeits was higher than the 519 pieces of golf equipment seized in 2009.
Replica shoes and athletic footwear was the most seized counterfeit seizures by the United States Customs and Border Protection in Fiscal Year 2010. Fake shoes accounted for 24 percent of all seizures, with 94 percent of the shoes originating from China. There were 4,338 seizures of counterfeit athletic and sports apparel in FY 2010 worth… Continue reading Shoes and Sports Equipment Seized in US in 2010
According to a study by MarkMonitor, an estimated 800,000 counterfeit sports jerseys are sold online each year. Websites that advertise counterfeit jerseys receive up to 56 million page visits per year, according to the study.
The black market in counterfeit golf equipment costs manufacturer up to $6.5 Billion a year.