While the stories of the Super Bowl attracting tens of thousands of sex workers and their pimps have been proven to be a urban myth, counterfeit merchandise is not. For the 2014 game, law enforcement has already seized $22 million in fake gear such as jerseys and other team memorabilia.
This is not the only counterfeit products being sold at this years event. Fake passes to the event are also being sold.
Federal authorities and the NFL say they have seized $21.6 million worth of fake Super Bowl jerseys, hats and other items in a counterfeit goods crackdown.
The seizure was announced Thursday at a Manhattan news conference.
Authorities say most of the knockoffs were manufactured overseas. They say once the makers learned the Broncos and Seahawks made the Super Bowl, they rushed to make the goods with the teams’ logos. Then the goods were smuggled into the U.S. using overnight shipping.
Those are just the ones that were caught. With the huge amount of money that is spend by people who are fans of the game, the amount of counterfeits sold is large.The NFL has already taken down 2500 domains, and last year seized $17 million.
Not only is merchandise being faked, but so are tickets to the game.
A small-time counterfeiting team that had apparently forged dozens of Super Bowl tickets was arrested at a White Castle restaurant in the Bronx on Monday, the authorities said.
An official with the Department of Homeland Security, James T. Hayes, said that federal agents have recovered more than 100 counterfeit tickets, including 34 Super Bowl tickets and others for an upcoming Billy Joel concert.
How legitimate the tickets looked — and how effective they would have been on game day — is a matter of debate. Mr. Hayes, the special agent in charge of the New York office of Homeland Security Investigations, said that “some of their counterfeit tickets would get you admission into the venue — they were designed to beat the scanners.” Via nytimes