How NFL, Nike Benefit From Jersey Number Changes: Sport of Money

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Nearly 50 NFL players will be changing their jersey numbers this season, and since they are making the change in the 2021 season they will have to pay a price for the privilege. 

The NFL is relaxing the rules for which numbers certain position groups can select from. Defensive players who previously couldn't choose a single digit number, like they might have had in college, can do so now.

The league will make the rule change official in the 2022 season. But players who want to make the change now must buy the outstanding inventory of jerseys with the old jersey numbers. 

Athletes have a special connection to their jersey numbers and some are willing to pay to change their jersey numbers this year. 

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