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Reebok Asks Judge To Lift Ban On ‘Tebow’ Jets Apparel

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Reebok wants to just do it: sell currently-banned apparel with the name of Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.

The sportswear giant wants a judge Wednesday to lift the ban. Reebok International Ltd. said Tuesday it can prove it wasn’t selling merchandise in violation of its expired 10-year licensing deal with the NFL.

Federal Judge Kevin Castel sided with Nike Inc. after the Beaverton-Ore.-based company sued Reebok last week to halt sales. The dispute arose because Tebow was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Jets two weeks ago, just as Nike was preparing to take over the NFL’s merchandising contract from Reebok.

Reebok says it sold 6,000 Tebow Jets jerseys and 25,000 T-shirts, not enough to impact Nike sales. It says only a small number of jerseys and no T-shirts contained its logo or name.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, Nike unveiled their much-anticipated NFL uniform design.

Commissioner Roger Goodell was on hand at the Brooklyn gala with representatives from all 32 teams, including Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and Jets running back Shonn Greene.

Do you think Reebok should be allowed to sell the Tebow merch? Sound off below…

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