Three NCAA schools to stop selling football jerseys with players' numbers
Arizona, Northwestern and Texas A&M will no longer sell football jerseys featuring the numbers of star players, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.
The team's will each have only one number available for sale: Arizona will sell No. 14 in honor of the year 2014; Northwestern will sell No. 51, which was head coach Pat Fitzgerald's number when he played for the Wildcats; Texas will sell No. 12 as a nod to the team's "12th Man" cheering section.
Schools had already refrained from selling jerseys with the names of players on the back, but many saw the sale of specific numbers as a way for NCAA members to continue to profit off of an individual athlete's popularity.
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