Just ahead of the Sunday Super Bowl, federal officials announced today that a crackdown on counterfeit National Football League merchandise, revealing the seizure of more than $23.3 million in fake NFL merchandise, Thursday.
In an initiative called "Operation Team Player," the feds targeted international shipments of counterfeit merchandise from abroad as it came into the United States, as well as street vendors, stores, online vendors, warehouses full of counterfeit goods and tickets nationwide.
The operation apparently began all the way back in May of last year.
"I think these people were counting on us concentrating or terrorists that we would overlook their big operation", stated one head of security. "Well, they were wrong.
"We had to make our move as late as possible or they might have pulled out. But once we saw a couple of kids with those "Seattle Seahorses" helmets, we had to make our move."
Police and Security are now wondering if the opposite were also possible. That the counterfeit sales came to distract us from anything planned over at the stadium!