Feds seize $28 million in fake NFL gear ahead of Super Bowl

Federal investigators have recovered $28 million worth of fake NFL merchandise ahead of the Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers this weekend.

The Department of Homeland Security’s National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, or IPR Center, announced ahead of the big game in Las Vegas that federal law enforcement agents have taken 94,000 counterfeit sports-related items off the streets.

“Thanks to our partnerships with the NFL and major sporting leagues, Operation Team Player is the biggest anti-counterfeiting initiative within the federal government,” said James Mancuso, IPR Center director, in a statement.

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) / U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mancuso said the DHS and NFL teamed up to sack importers of fake sports goods, including jerseys, hats, and rings.

Federal and state law enforcement issued a stern warning this
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