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IT AIN'T EASY BEING CHEESY: NFL CRACKS DOWN ON COUNTERFEITS
Published January 6, 1998
Local authorities "confiscated thousands of dollars of suspected illegal Packers and NFL merchandise over the weekend from a popular tavern" near Lambeau Field, according to Meg Jones of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. An NFL official called the bust "one of the largest of its kind." Jones reports that while some items "looked like the real thing," there were some items "that were a sure tip-off. Like a T-shirt featuring a caricature of ... Brett Favre urinating on a Chicago Bears helmet." The street value of the merchandise was "estimated" at $10,000 to $15,000 (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 1/6). In a "similar action" Saturday in Pittsburgh, $30,000 "worth of unlicensed merchandise (about 1,000 items) was seized" (USA TODAY, 1/6).