NCAA approved gear versus fake merchandise

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Many fans in Wichita this week will pick up a shirt or a hat to remember their time at the NCAA tourney but not all swag is authentic. 

Gray, black, or KU blue, if it doesn’t have an NCAA official licensed sticker on it then it is not real.

“We have probably got about 800 shirts here so far,” said Tad Snarenberger, Tad’s Locker Room owner.

Or did have 800.

“I got the one that says Wichita on the back because I am a big fan of Wichita,” said Sarah Sampson, KU and Wichita fan. 

If you want an official NCAA tourney shirt, you can go to Tad’s Locker Room.

“We want to make sure that we have the quality merchandise that people are going to be able to find once they venture out into the city,” said Snarenberger.

It is one of the few places you will find them right now.

“I want the real thing. The real deal,” said Jenna Britton, Wichita. 

Once the tournament games begin, you’ll be able to start buying them at Intrust Bank Arena.

The same ones that are in Tad’s.

But you need to be wary of buying any of them outside the arena because anything else may not be real.

“We can’t discourage that because they are going to pop up everywhere. The thing we do try and do is go through the proper channels so when we buy quality merchandise so once you wear it you can take it home and wash it and it is not going to fall apart,” said Snarenberger. “It is not going to shrink up.”

Deputies with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office say if someone is selling counterfeit NCAA merchandise it is considered fraud. 

Those people can be arrested on the spot.

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