Bose intercepts a prime advertising spot from Beats By Dre.
Under terms of the agreement, the NFL confirmed, Bose received a broad set of rights that allow it to prevent players -- and coaches -- from wearing any other manufacturer’s headphones during televised interviews conducted during pre-season training camps, practice sessions, and on game day — effective from before the opening kickoff through the post-game interviews conducted in the locker room or on the podium.
“The NFL has longstanding policies that prohibit branded exposure on-field or during interviews unless authorized by the league. These policies date back to the early 1990s and continue today,” an NFL spokesperson said in a statement. “They are the NFL’s policies – not one of the league’s sponsors, Bose in this case. Bose is not involved in the enforcement of our policies. This is true for others on-field.”
Beats issued a statement in response to the agreement, arguing their headphones are established in the league and have become an important part of many athlete's rituals.
“Over the last few years athletes have written Beats into their DNA as part of the pre-game ritual,” a Beats spokesperson said. “Music can have a significant positive effect on an athlete’s focus and mental preparedness and has become as important to performance as any other piece of equipment.
Beats by Dre, which Apple acquired for $3 billion earlier this year, makes up 61 percent of the premium headphone market in the U.S. Bose, meanwhile, has a distant 22 percent.