The NFL spent last week hauling away unlicensed memorabilia from in and around Phoenix–autographed or not.
The NFL and federal officials are combing Arizona for counterfeit goods. One raid last week near the site of Super Bowl XLII netted quite a haul and thus far, the take is well into six figures.
Shop owners cutting corners by buying cheap NFL jerseys and having them autographed are losing their investment on both.
The authorities say they’re not being mean-spirited, just trying to protect the league’s investment and keep the counterfeiters from turning to larger crimes.