Bose vs Beats By Dre Battle for NFL Supremacy (Updated)
Is a Fashion Statement and Tuning Out Worth $10,000?
We have an update to our previous reporting on the NFL’s “Headphone Gate.” F&TS has written about the ongoing headphone battle of Bose vs Beats by Dre NFL supremacy. The league where the lengths of socks is a punishable offense has fined 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick $10,000 for wearing Beats by Dre headphones. The San Francisco signal-caller wore pink Beats by Dre headphones during his post-game press conference on Sunday. The NFL entered into an exclusive deal with Bose to be the exclusive provider of headphones for the league. Keep in mind, Kap’s pink headphones were in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Plus, Kaepernick’s fine was higher than a Broncos’ Julius Thomas chop block against Calais Campbell of the Arizona Cardinals.
NFL Players Must Wear Bose
The NFL has banned its players from wearing popular ‘Beats by Dre’ headphones due to the league’s exclusive with Bose. Players can’t wear Beats by Dre 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. Talk about an authoritarian regime. Imagine that. NFL officials have the right to prevent you from wearing oversized, bass-heavy, color-coordinated headphones up to an hour and a half after your workday ended.
Coke or Pepsi
This NFL Bose vs Beats by Dre showdown is silly. The NFL is a money-hungry organization that will sell everything to generate revenue. A sports league should not dictate to grown adults what music accessories they can place on their heads. But if you’re trying to determine what headphones to buy, we did some research. In most tests, Bose Quiet Comfort headphones outperform Beats by Dre. Michael Kummer, a technology blogger 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 doesn’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 we’re concerned the Beats vs Bose battle goes to Bose.
— BNN Bloomberg (@BNNBloomberg) October 27, 2014