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When Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University threw an oval-shaped ball to teammate Jack Schneider in 1906, he not only completed the first forward pass in history, he created an American sensation. A century later, football is the largest spectator sport in the United States, with the Super Bowl drawing in excess of 90 million television viewers annually. As one would expect, there are quality football Web sites in every nook of cyberspace, offering everything from rules and regulations to team and player information for nearly every conceivable level of competition. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here
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NFL and college football merchandise is everywhere: sporting good stores, department stores, street corners (you might want to avoid the latter, especially if they offer to throw in a discounted Rolex with your purchase). If you'd like to make your purchase online, the following resources will be extremely helpful.
- Although finding a good deal is an American tradition, remember that licensed products (such as NFL jerseys and hats) will typically cost more than unlicensed ones. So, if you are someone who insists on authenticity, beware of extreme discounts. Sticking to official NFL or NCAA-sanctioned outlet stores and/or Web sites is your safest bet.
- If you don't care whether the products and apparel you're looking to buy are licensed or not, peruse your favorite online retailer or auction site.
For NFL merchandise ...
The NFL Shop
is the best option for those seeking convenient shopping and NFL-approved merchandise. One can view items by team, sex of customer, or even buy a gift card and let somebody else do the shopping. Perhaps most important of all, it has a 1-800 number to call should human assistance be needed.
is an excellent option for confirmed bargain hunters. Under the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop," you will find football merchandise in abundance. Of course, you'll need to do your homework to make sure that you are dealing with a reputable merchant, but the opportunity to attain rare or unique items often makes it worth the trouble.
For NCAA merchandise ...
The NCAASports.com Store
is the only official retail outlet for NCAA products and features a very nice "storefront," which makes shopping a breeze-even for guys. The site also has a liberal return policy, which you can view by clicking the "Return Policy" menu tab on the store's home page.
boats the "largest selection of college and pro merchandise in the world." If you can't find what you're looking for at Collegegear.com, it probably doesn't exist. With 26 product categories consisting of everything from SnuggleBall Blankets to Laptop Backpacks, customers can, quite literally, support their favorite team from cradle to grave.
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