Officials Crack Down on Counterfeit Merchandise Ahead of Super Bowl

An estimated $45 million worth counterfeit “sports-related items” were seized by US customs officials in the months leading up to the Super Bowl, Homeland Security Investigations announced on February 3.

The seizures were part of Operation Team Player, an annual collaboration between Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection, and major sports leagues.

The operation this year has led to the interception of “169,000 counterfeit sports-related items,” they said.

An estimated $123 million worth of counterfeit goods were discovered by the operation ahead of last year’s Super Bowl, officials said.

This footage was captured by Charles Reed of Immigration Customs and Enforcement. It shows officials searching for fake merchandise in the days leading up to Sunday’s Super Bowl in Tampa. Credit: DVIDS via Storyful