HOUSTON (AP) — NFL and law enforcement officials say fans can tell if they are buying real Super Bowl tickets, for Sunday’s big game in Houston, by checking for the heat-sensitive logos.
Officials announced Thursday in Houston that a yearlong effort called Operation Team Player had netted more than 260,000 counterfeit sports items worth about $20 million. They urged fans to beware of fake items leading to Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons.
On the front of each real ticket is a full polymer graphic that’s raised. The back features a true color security label with Houston’s skyline and the Super Bowl logo.
Law enforcement officials in Houston have already seized about $500,000 in counterfeit Super Bowl merchandise.
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