NFL Jerseys with Sponsors Logos: Is This the NFL or the EPL?

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NFL Jerseys with Sponsors Logos: Is This the NFL or the EPL?
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Notice anything odd about NFL practice uniforms this summer?

Gillette, AT&T, Atlantic Health...

Having been involved in the sport of cycling for over 20 years, I have seen many teams come and go due to the whim of a title sponsor. It did not matter how successful the team was on the road, or how many times they won the Tour de France, it was all about sponsorship, and when the sponsor went away, so did the team.

Not that this will happen to our football teams, but this is one of the major differences between the big American sports teams and the traditional European sports of football (soccer) and pro cycling. The European teams wear the sponsors' logos on their uniforms and, like NASCAR, sponsorships drive the sport.

Imagine a day in the near future where you go to Cowboys Stadium to see the Miller Lite Dallas Cowboys versus the Detroit Lions presented by Ford Motors. Hard to wrap your head around, isn't it?

Crazy as it may seem now, that day may be coming, and it all started with a simple 3.5" x 4.5" patch on the practice jerseys of your favorite team.

Pandora's Box has been opened...

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