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  1. I was very surprised when I heard about this. Honestly, never knew the endzones were painted each week. Always thought they had different pieces of field turf for each team that would get laid down, sewn in, then cut out.
  2. I know, but if Montreal ever gets a new team, one of two things should happen. 1) The Nats "give" the history to the new team or 2) New team be able to use the name Expos if they choose and still acknowledge the history. When the Thrashers went to Winnipeg and used the Jets name, they should be able to use the history of the old Winnipeg Jets. Do people in Arizona actually care about their Avco Cups?
  3. If they are going to go with a re-brand, new name, color scheme, etc. Then, I hope they leave the history behind. As far as I am concerned, the History should belong to the fans and the city/state. Start over as a new franchise. Love seeing banners for the Expos in the Bell Centre.
  4. I am thinking you were in a VERY small minority on that one. Then again, I don't know any NY'ers who cared or followed those leagues.
  5. I'm not from California, so I don't know, but maybe the fear is that there are still too many people in LA who hate the Chargers from the LA Raiders days, that they would have a difficult team? With a new name and look they can be embraced by LA as "their" team. Jets play 2nd fiddle to the Giants and still have a huge fan base.
  6. Black sells. Until it doesn't, teams won't stop trying to use it.
  7. The roads they wore in the 80's and 90's were opposites. Blue jersey white numbers, red outline. White jersey with blue numbers and red outline. Sleeve stripes were contrasting as well. On the blue jersey it was red-white-red. On the white it was blue-red-blue.
  8. Disagree completely. Love the ny they currently use, love the old GIANTS wordmark, HATE the 75 NY. As for the gray pants, liked them at first, but now prefer the white. What I would NEVER want to see them go back to was a white jersey on blue pants look from the mid-late 70s. Just awful.
  9. Didn't feel the need to make another thread about this, but potential 175 years in prison becomes 3 years probation with 60 days house arrest? Also seriously doubt the fines or restitution is even close to his profit. Not sure this is going to deter sellers of counterfeits.
  10. Wait, your friend knows how to make his own tickets for free that get him into the arena? 1) probably not something you want to post on a message board. 2) your friend gets caught, he is going to jail. hope you are not with him when he does. besides, I didnt watch the segment, but I would think it was more about buying fake tickets outside arenas or on craigslist and then getting denied at the entrance.
  11. I think they're gonna start lobbying Congress to have take taxpayers money to protect their IP. Not sure if you are serious about this, but pretty sure congress would laugh at them.
  12. I honestly think it is at the point that the leagues are losing money in the attempt to protect their IP. For most who buy knock-offs, I do not think it is a choice between buying the $40 knock-off, the $100-125 replica, or the $250+ authentic. I think it is they will buy the $40 knock-off or not buy anything. A few times, I have bought knock-off t-shirts in parking lots while tailgating. Can specifically remember twice buying a Giants shirt, a mets shirt, and 3 different concert shirts. But, these instances did not prevent me from buying a licensed shirt. Guy came around, thought the shirt was cool, so for $10 I grabbed it. I wouldn't have paid $20. Maybe you can argue, that instead of buying the $40 knock-off jersey, they might buy a licensed t-shirt for $20, but even that is not a guarantee. Even if it was, is that really what they are going for? Stop the $40 knock-off so people will buy a $20 t-shirt? I know money is money, but it seems like they are spending a dollar to make a penny. Before the winter classic, I read an article about law enforcement confiscating $25,000 worth of knock-off winter classic merchandise. My first thought was "$25,000 worth" according to whom? Did they value a knock-off jersey the same as an authentic? Second thought was how much money was spent in order to take this $25,000 worth off the street? Pretty sure it was a lot more than $25,000. Third thought was how much did this impact the league's bottom line? Thinking not too much. I understand the idea and reasoning for protecting the IP and spending money to do so. I think A LOT more people would try to produce knock-off merchandise if they believed they wouldn't get caught and the last thing they league wants is every Tom, Nick, and Harry making counterfeit merchandise. But, I think they are going overboard. BTW, I also think it is time to legalize drugs and part of my reasoning is the money spent to prevent the drug trade is ridiculously high, yet dealers are still able to sell their product. Not sure if any of you are familiar with this site: They started off making Mets themed shirts without using any of the Mets trademarks. Well, their stuff was pretty creative, their business grew, they started getting a lot of attention. Now, they have a license agreement with MLB and can use the trademarks and also sell merchandise inside Citi Field. It is not quite the same as knock-offs, but you could argue they were taking money out of MLB's pocket. Mets fans could buy and wear their stuff, show they are Mets fans, yet not give their money to the Mets or MLB. There was nothing MLB could do to stop it so as the old saying goes, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
  13. Not sure I agree. If authentics were ~$150 and replicas ~$75, you would see a major decrease in knock-offs. Obviously, some will still pay the $30-50 for the knock-off for various reasons. However, I think many would be willing to pay the extra $40 for the better quality replica and some will pay $150 for the authentic. I was at Rangers-Islanders Monday night. Definitely saw more knock-offs (for both teams) than official jerseys. It was that bad.
  14. And, I disagree about the leagues not doing a good job to protect their IP. The NFL is very protective and spends A LOT of money to protect their IP. A friend of a friend is a professional photographer and also a friend of the Tisch family. The Tisch's used to give him a field pass for all Giants and Jets home games. He had one of his pictures hanging in his store. Steve Smith of the Giants making a great one-handed catch. Someone walked in asking about different portrait packages, then asked him the price of the picture. He said, "That's not for sale. I am not licensed to sell NFL pictures." Patron said, "Good answer." Handed him a business card and said, "I am a lawyer for the NFL." Then the guy started asking him about his pics. He explained he is a friend of the Tisch's, takes the pics just for his portfolio. Will occassionally sell some to Photofile (they do not pay much, so he doesn't give them much). He'll also trade the players some of the pics for autographed stuff and the players will often hire him for private functions. Harry Carson and Michael Strahan both brought him to Canton for their inductions as their personal photographers. Justin Tuck hired him for different events he ran for his literacy foundation.
  15. Capitalism has laws? Yeah right. The idea of capitalism is to get as much money as possible and keep your rivals from making any. And don't you think they are looked at as more guide lines? Looking at wall street and the big corporations shows that laws are useless if no one follows them in a system where laws just get in the way. Uhm yes, capitalism has lots of laws. Just because some participants choose to ignore the laws, circumvent the laws, or try to find loopholes in the laws, doesn't mean the laws do not exist. Many companies and individuals have been hit with heavy fines and jail time for breaking those laws.