In the build-up to this weekend's Super Bowl showpiece between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, federal authorities have seized $21.6million worth of fake merchandise, reports ESPN.
At a Manhattan news conference on Thursday, authorities revealed that the majority of Super Bowl jerseys, hats and other counterfeit items were manufactured overseas, and have been repossessed as part of a major crackdown.
Once it was confirmed that the Seahawks and the Broncos had made it to the Super Bowl, knock-off merchants rushed to produce the goods emblazoned with the teams' logos.
The counterfeit products were then exported and smuggled into the United States using overnight shipping.
It's the consumers that are the biggest victims of these spurious sale items, with buyers only getting about a 10 per cent discount for poor imitation goods, and then being forced to pay over the odds for legitimate stock, as the price is driven up by the counterfeiting exercise.