Modell’s Sporting Goods forced to donate $500,000 in Patriots AFC championship clothing

Anwar S Richardson
Shutdown Corner

There is still time left to purchase New England’s AFC championship t-shirts. All any fan needs to do is get online, purchase an airline ticket to a third-world country and starting searching for that memorabilia.

According to the Boston Herald, Modell’s Sporting Goods spent $500,000 to have AFC championship clothing to celebrate New England advancing to the Super Bowl in select stores. In fact, Rick Friedland tweeted a picture of a Patriots t-shirt he saw for sale at a Modell’s in New York City.

Spoiler alert: New England did not win.

Denver defeated New England, 26-16, in the championship game, leaving the department store with plenty of merchandise nobody wants to buy.

“We took a tremendous risk, but you know what? People expect us to have the merchandise,” a source told the Boston Herald prior to the game. “We printed up everything: hats, shirts, T-shirts, novelties, pennants — you name it — for men, women, kids.”

That unsold merchandise will be donated to a third-world country.

“We’re not allowed to sell it,” a source told the Boston Herald.

This is probably not the charitable effort New England wants to be identified with.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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