If you need to buy a last-minute football jersey for an upcoming event, don’t head to McLanahan’s or the Student Book Store downtown this week. The knock-offs you wouldn’t think twice about spilling a handle of Crown Russe on aren’t in stock.
Unless you want to spend way more than necessary on the official Nike gear, there won’t be any ‘bootleg’ alternatives in these retailers this week.
The vendor who supplies apparel to both McLanahan’s and the Student Bookstore shipped the jerseys to State College only to find out the logos they made were “incorrect upon receipt.” Every last one was sent back.
The forecast for the arrival of the new shipment is not completely clear; employees in both stores will tell you to “check back next week” for an updated status.
According to one of the bookstore’s employees, the vendor used gray thread instead of white thread to fill in the profile of the Nittany Lion logo. To some this might seem like a small detail, but it directly violates the university’s licensing agreements. The Nittany Lion wouldn’t look quite right in grey.
Penn State Trademark Licensing Manager Maureen Riedel said that they have been in contact with the specific vendor and worked out the issue.
In the meantime, try The Family Clothesline or the HUB bookstore for the jerseys you won’t mind getting disheveled.