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NFL Scandal: Bose and Beats By Dre Battle for League Supremacy (Updated)

Is a Fashion Statement and Tuning Out Worth $10,000?

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 No Fun League Strikes Again.

We have an update to our previous reporting on the NFL’s “Headphone Gate.” FTS has written about the ongoing battle between Bose and Beats by Dre, the headphone giants, for exclusivity in the NFL. The league where everything a player does is a punishable offense has fined 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick $10,000 for wearing Beats by Dre headphones during Sunday’s post-game press conference. The pink headphones seemed like an odd choice, but they’re in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Keep in mind, Kaepernick’s fine for wearing headphones was higher than a Broncos’ Julius Thomas chop block against Calais Campbell of the Arizona Cardinals.

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You Must Wear Bose

When the NFL struck a deal with Bose to be its exclusive provider of headphones, who knew it’d stop players from looking like pretentious douches. The popular ‘Beats by Dre’ headphones are banned due to the league’s Bose partnership. Players can’t wear Beats headphones before games or at any other time at an NFL event where cameras are present.

Bleacher Report and the Sporting News’ Jasmine Watkins, reported: “The restriction of other headphone usage includes preseason training camps, practice sessions, game day, post-game interviews. [The ban] remains in place until 90 minutes after the game has ended.” Oh well, it looks like players like Cam Newton will have to hear how much they suck or wear Bose.

(AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Coke or Pepsi

Ultimately consumers make a personal choice about what headphones they prefer and why. The NFL is a money hungry organization that will sell everything not bolted down to make a buck. But if you do some research, often Bose Quiet Comfort headphones outperform Beats by Dre.

One reviewer (Michael Kummer) wrote, “As much as I wanted to love the Beats headphones with their slick design and noise-canceling capabilities, I ultimately decided to go with the Bose because they are comfortable to wear for hours. The Bose SoundLink, which don’t offer noise-canceling capabilities outshine the Beats. Bose made it clear who the king of wireless noise-canceling headphones is. So as far as I’m concerned the Beats vs. Bose round goes to Bose!

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