Local media isn't putting much effort into consumer protection news before the big game.
It's pretty clear this report might have been written by a robot given that the "news" actually covers two different kind of ripoffs . . .
However, the note brings to mind a truism . . .
Nobody was ever "tricked" by knockoff Kansas City knockoff merch. It's a local working-class tradition that spreads cash to enterprising locals who are risking their freedom and financial losses in order to cash in on civic hype.
Moreover, whilst we don't condone it, the merch offers cheapskate locals a way to feign excitement without breaking the bank.
To be fair, there are legit local companies who are doing quite well by sharing designs that are reminiscent of official merch without crossing the copyright line.
For the win . . . Buying from hipsters, hip-hop entrepreneurs or shady road stands isn't nearly as rewarding as making fun of grown men who pay BIG BUCKS to wear the name of other grown men on their backs.
You decide . . .