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NHL signs 16-year deal with Fanatics for replica jerseys, champion apparel

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10-27-2016, 08:11 AM
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I fall into the category of the person that'll probably jump to authentic. I wouldn't be caught dead wearing a knockoff. I'd always by the premier jerseys Reebok produced and get them customized at Arena Wear which is where the Rangers get their on ice jerseys done. It was the most cost affordable option while wearing something similar to what's on the ice. I just can't bring myself to wear something produced by Fanatics with their branding on it when addidas is the one making the jerseys.
If you are patient, you can find a good knock-off. Much harder with hockey jerseys than football to do so, but it can be done. My thing with knock-offs, is it is not my fault these companies overpay for the license and it is not my job to help them make their money back. It is my job to keep as much money in my account as possible. However, lately I have been more likely to buy a t-shirt/polo than a jersey and that is what I usually wear to games.

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10-27-2016, 11:22 AM
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This is horrible news. I guess I won't be buying jerseys for a bit... a long bit. I want my jersey to look as close to what is on the ice as possible.

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10-27-2016, 11:31 AM
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Knock offs have always been the way to go.

If you get a decent knock off, it's basically indiscernible from a legit jersey to all but the most hard core fans.

Paying hundreds of dollars for a shirt most people only wear when they go to a game seems weird to me. As a Leaf fan, even if it was a much smaller price difference (say $25 instead of $150 or more) I would get a knock off over a legit jersey - Rogers & Bell have screwed me enough.

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10-27-2016, 11:43 AM
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Knock offs have always been the way to go.

If you get a decent knock off, it's basically indiscernible from a legit jersey to all but the most hard core fans.

Paying hundreds of dollars for a shirt most people only wear when they go to a game seems weird to me. As a Leaf fan, even if it was a much smaller price difference (say $25 instead of $150 or more) I would get a knock off over a legit jersey - Rogers & Bell have screwed me enough.
I'll accept that if you can post one legit source that sells a 'decent knock off' that is 'indiscernible from a legit jersey' -- because all I've ever seen are hilariously obvious fakes.

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10-27-2016, 11:53 AM
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Knock offs have always been the way to go.

If you get a decent knock off, it's basically indiscernible from a legit jersey to all but the most hard core fans.

Paying hundreds of dollars for a shirt most people only wear when they go to a game seems weird to me. As a Leaf fan, even if it was a much smaller price difference (say $25 instead of $150 or more) I would get a knock off over a legit jersey - Rogers & Bell have screwed me enough.
When you are at a game, it is pretty easy to differentiate between the knock-offs and the legit stuff. Numbers and letters are usually slightly off, as is the color.

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10-27-2016, 01:07 PM
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Every Hawks fake ever made looks terrible. These places can't get the shape of the head, the shade of tan, or the thickness of the shoulder patches anything near what they should look like.

And that's for a plain jersey, don't get me started on lettering and numbering.

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10-27-2016, 02:18 PM
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NHL seems to love these super long deals. It's hard to imagine what the landscape of the industry will be in 16 years. It kind of hand cuffs them a bit.
Bettman working hard to cripple the league financially for years to come after he steps down.

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10-27-2016, 05:51 PM
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Knock offs have always been the way to go.

If you get a decent knock off, it's basically indiscernible from a legit jersey to all but the most hard core fans.

Paying hundreds of dollars for a shirt most people only wear when they go to a game seems weird to me. As a Leaf fan, even if it was a much smaller price difference (say $25 instead of $150 or more) I would get a knock off over a legit jersey - Rogers & Bell have screwed me enough.
I couldn't disagree with you more. I'd love to see where you are buying your knock offs. I can tell from a pretty good distance if a jersey is legit or not.

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10-27-2016, 10:16 PM
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Yeah, I can easily spot every knockoff at Ranger games and even friends I go with that are casual fans spot them. Sometimes you do see some that came out pretty decent but even those you're able to figure out after you look at it for a few seconds.

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So does anyone else remember when on ice jerseys were made by Reebok and all the replicas were made by CCM and absolutely no one cared?

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10-28-2016, 01:02 AM
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NHL seems to love these super long deals. It's hard to imagine what the landscape of the industry will be in 16 years. It kind of hand cuffs them a bit.
It's ironic that the NHL loves the super long contracts, while the cruxt of the the 2012 lockout was the super long nonsense contracts that circumvented the CBA.

Anyways, until I see the quality of these warlocks, I'll somewhat withhold judgment. But, I'm not fond of this.

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10-28-2016, 08:50 AM
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These stupid "jock tags." When in the world will they get rid of these things?

Can anyone provide some insight into why they even have them? They look ridiculous.

Do people really write their name and number on the tag!?

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10-28-2016, 09:23 AM
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Another round of boring jerseys made with boring templates all the same for every team.

Here's an idea: let each team make it's own merchandising deal with whatever company it wants.

More revenue directly to the team's that sell the most merch, but most importantly, more incentive/freedom to create unique, complex, and interesting jerseys and other apparel that fit the team identify itself perfectly.

Ever since the NHL went to single maker, all the jerseys have kinda slid together into a big 'one size fits all' model where some teams just look the same pretty much (tampa, toronto and detroit, ottawa and pittsburgh etc...). Like seriously, the Pens and the Sens had literally the same away jersey (with swapped logo and colours) for years and years (not sure if still the same). So dull.

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10-28-2016, 09:27 AM
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Hockey jerseys are too expensive to begin with, here's to hoping the price wont go up.

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10-28-2016, 10:29 AM
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More revenue directly to the team's that sell the most merch,
Most importantly, that is exactly what the league does NOT want.

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So does anyone else remember when on ice jerseys were made by Reebok and all the replicas were made by CCM and absolutely no one cared?
That was for 2 years, 05-06 and 06-07 while Reebok was transitioning to their hockey business. Also those replicas were great quality with authentic lettering and air-knit material. But not only is Fanatics branding the replicas, they said they're going to be using different materials and it seems like they're generally going to make replicas act more as a fashion choice instead of an actual hockey jersey.

The gap between Authentics and Replicas is already huge but I fear if you want anything resembling an actual hockey jeresy, you'll have to get an authentic.

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10-28-2016, 12:10 PM
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NHL seems to love these super long deals. It's hard to imagine what the landscape of the industry will be in 16 years. It kind of hand cuffs them a bit.
NHL knows they won't see much more growth, arenas are all filled and TV is not gaining any viewership. They really have tapped out revenue, next is jersey ads.

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10-28-2016, 02:38 PM
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So does anyone else remember when on ice jerseys were made by Reebok and all the replicas were made by CCM and absolutely no one cared?
Isn't there a difference though considering CCM previously had been the manufacturer of NHL jerseys?

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NHL knows they won't see much more growth, arenas are all filled and TV is not gaining any viewership. They really have tapped out revenue, next is jersey ads.
maxed out in the USA maybe. Canadian tv ratings will be unreal when the Leafs, Habs and Oilers are contenders.

Europe is untapped largely and Asia is COMPLETELY untapped. Hell even Australia could be an option.

NFL is what is maxed out.

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Horrible deal for fans

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Knock offs have always been the way to go.

If you get a decent knock off, it's basically indiscernible from a legit jersey to all but the most hard core fans.

Paying hundreds of dollars for a shirt most people only wear when they go to a game seems weird to me. As a Leaf fan, even if it was a much smaller price difference (say $25 instead of $150 or more) I would get a knock off over a legit jersey - Rogers & Bell have screwed me enough.
Oh noooo dude. No way in hell haha

If you walk into an arena with a fake jersey, everyone knows. Everyone. I promise you. Might take a moment, but as soon as they focus on you it's over.

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10-28-2016, 03:51 PM
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Meh. My Reebok replica is still in great shape.

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Don't Buy This Fanatics Branded Junk!

I just received a Fanatics branded tshirt from NHL com today. $27.95 US plus taxes and shipping. It was an utter piece of garbage. It's a very thin screen on a dollar store quality tshirt like you might have gotten at some tourist trap custom tshirt place in the '80's. You know the type of screening that starts to peel off after one wash. The cheapo screening wasn't even finished properly with a single color white screening smudged and gray right across the middle of the screening. The tshirt is super thin and has flimsy stitching on its seams. I'm definitely returning this. The NHL is now selling poor quality merchandise. Very sad.

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I am tempted to buy this year's jersey, but because the new Adidas deal kicks in next year I have to believe that the jerseys will change (at least a little bit) so it would really suck to spend any money and by September the jersey already looks outdated.

As much as I wanted a MATTHEWS 34, I might just stick with my KADRI 43 Alternate Jersey - which I still believe is the best looking (and best quality) Leafs jersey ever created


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Does this mean that replicas will not be available at brick and mortar team shops and sporting goods stores?

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