NHL partners with Fanatics for jerseys starting in 2024
The NHL has partnered with Fanatics for jerseys starting in 2024, replacing Adidas as the main NHL jersey maker. If you’re cringing while reading this, then you’re with a large number of fans who are questioning why the NHL would go with a jersey maker whose reputation is suspect at best. I don’t own a Fanatics jersey, but the reviews –quality, price, etc– speak for themselves.
Naturally, there were some solid replies to the NHL’s announcement.
guys pls be careful, i left my fanatics jersey in my car and someone broke in and left FOUR MORE in there!!! pic.twitter.com/HcK0bx2ESO
— xavier (@dicnowder) March 21, 2023
Looks like I’m saving a bunch of money by not buying more jerseys
— Dylan (Fire Paul Maurice) (@miamiguydylan) March 21, 2023
I’m so excited! pic.twitter.com/h4m0ZGE0M6
— Jay Money (@insiderJmoney) March 21, 2023
— Chris Ostrander (@2ITB_Buffalo) March 21, 2023
Can’t wait until the Flyers have to forfeit a game because their jersey return is still processing https://t.co/hdWVC7tlmC
— Zoo With Roy (@zoowithroy) March 21, 2023
Guess this is gonna be the norm now huh? Ain't just a joke anymore. https://t.co/JDc4b7fZFk pic.twitter.com/KQSiEWbR2R
— That Geek Barry (@ThatGeekBarry) March 21, 2023
The concern is with the quality of the product, as there have been stories of wrong numbers, wrong nameplates, misspelled names, etc. The good news is at the pro level, equipment managers handle these pieces. It’s also safe to assume Fanatics will provide the NHL with better quality than available to us normal people.
This is a 10 year deal with Fanatics, so they won’t be going anywhere for a while. The league does seem to be going for some stability, with long term deals in TV (ESPN and Turner) as well.
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