Professional Football/NFL products


Hi Jim,
Maybe this question is not in your field but you could help us to get more info about this topic.
I had an argument with a friend about a third friend that has been selling new and used NFL t-shirts, shorts and Jerseys on Ebay.
The Question: Is this guy in trouble or could be in trouble with NFL for selling this articles?. Could he be sued for not having any kind of permit from NFL to sell those clothes?
There is a big lack of information about these rules. Can you help us to find some info?
We thank you in advance,

  As you mentioned, this is not a subject that I am well acquainted. So, I asked our friends at Google for the answer. I seemed to have found a good source for the information you need with the first "hit".
  The answer to your question is "no", you do not need a license to resell NFL: products.  The reason behind this is due to the fact that the licensing fee has already been paid by licensee.      This assumes that the product has not been produced by some shady character in a Singapore sweat shop.
  If your friend is producing his own merchandise, then he obviously needs a license.
  It sounds to me like he is well within the bounds of the law.
  For additional information, please check out this website. It seems like good information, though I cannot endorse the site since it is a blog. As mentioned, this information is not very accessible to the public, so this site may be all you need.

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Jim Considine


The subject of my expertise pertains to "American Football", as opposed to "Futball" or the game we refer to in the USA as soccer. --------------------------------------------------------- I can answer statistical questions about professional football. I am especially strong on the subject of the Baltimore Colts from 1947 through 1983, Washington Redskins, and the Baltimore Ravens. My services are best used when an older, obscure question is posed. The newer NFL records are easily accessible through I do not appraise memorabilia. I am not an expert on Canadian Football, though I will take a shot at any questions you might pose. I have a good understanding and recall of the folklore about Baltimore football. Some of this information may be subjective in nature. I will give the best answer possible if this is the case.


I was an NFL Statistician with the Washington Redskins. I grew up during the days of the Baltimore Colts in the 1960's. (Please refer to the movie "Diner" for more information about the Baltimore Colts fans)

Washington Redskins Statistician, 2005-2010 Baltimore Ravens, 1996-2003

The records were used by author Jon Morgan in his book, "Glory For Sale". The records have been part of the Baltimore Ravens Media Guides since their inaugural season in 1996. I was interviewed for the cover story of The Press Box, a local, monthly sports tabloid newspaper.

I researched and was able to piece together the statistical history of the AAFC Baltimore Colts 1947-49, and the 1950 NFL Colts. This information was used by The Baltimore Ravens for their 1996 Media Guide. The records were entitled "Baltimore Football Records". It was considered "unofficial" since the AAFC league records were not incorporated with the NFL records when the leagues merged. The reason that this information was created was due to the fact that the NFL had prohibited the 1996 Baltimore Ravens from bringing the records, colors, and team name from the Cleveland Browns. The Baltimore football records were presented in order to create a frame of reference. The Ravens have kept these records since 1996, adding and amending as the Ravens football team challenge these records.

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I was awarded two game balls from the Ravens and was recognized for my work as the top game day employee.

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Baltimore Ravens, Wise Guides, Washington Redskins

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