If you had any lingering doubts that Tottenham Hotspur was hitching its future to that of the National Football League, this should dispel them. Daniel Levy and Spurs are fully committed to increasing the brand of American football in the United Kingdom, starting with the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’s permanent turf field underneath a retractable grass pitch, and the club’s agreement with the NFL to host a couple of regular season NFL games at the new stadium every season.
Now, the club has gone all-in, releasing a new Nike-made Tottenham Hotspur fantasy NFL jersey, with Harry Kane’s name and number in the Spurs club shop.
It makes sense. Kane is a HUGE fan of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to the extent that he even named one of his dogs after Brady. We’ve seen Harry involved in numerous NFL-related activities over the years, from photos working out with the Seattle Seahawks during one of Spurs’ preseason tours to America, to Kane kicking field goals and tossing the pigskin around. Kane has even said he wants to become an NFL kicker when he retires from football.
We’ve seen fictional NFL-teams-as-soccer-jerseys in the past and Premier-League-teams-as-NFL-jerseys. Now Nike has made the latter a reality, and Spurs aren’t the only club — Nike has done the same for Chelsea and PSG.
The only sticking point: the price. Spurs are charging £95 for the Kane jersey — that’s a lot. To put it in context, it’s £30 MORE than an official replica home kit, and £5 more than the Elite Spurs kits, which are supposed to be exact replicas of what the players wear.
Gotta say, they’re pretty cool and I can see them being a thing, especially in the American market, which would attract the segment of Tottenham supporters who are also big NFL fans, but I don’t know just how many English Spurs fans would shell out that kind of cash for something that could come across as pretentious.
Would you buy one?