NFL: Beats vs. Bose

By Enrique Cervantes

It seems that Beats by Dr. Dre headphones are the hottest and most expensive headphones today.

For the 2014 season, Bose struck a deal with the National Football League to provide them with a sound system. You see the coaching staffs wearing Bose headphones, and the deep sound company has made it big.

The only thing standing in their way is Beats by Dre, the famous celebrity-endorsed headphones.

For years, famous athletes have worn Beats headphones. Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks are some big names that endorse the flashy headphones.

This isn’t a new controversy, however. During this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, Sony and FIFA officials requested that players stop wearing Beats during their warm ups and press conferences. So, we’re used to this already.

As much as I love the NFL and enjoy watching their games on Sundays, this is just another example of how the NFL is trying to take the fun out of the league entirely.

I mean, I understand apparel deals: Nike wants to provide teams with uniforms and make sure that everything is the same, but even that is a stretch. To me, this whole issue is just ridiculous.

How often do we see the players warming up, anyways? With people watching the games on TV, the shots aren’t new or live, and they only last for a few minutes. After that, we don’t see the players that much when they are in casual clothing.

What we do see, however, are all the coaches with the big Bose logo etched on their headphones. Even at press conferences, the players are in suits and don’t really have their headphones out.

We see more Bose than Beats anyways. So, what’s the problem?

I admit, I wear Beats headphones, but I also agree that Bose has a better sound quality. But at the same time, it should be the players’ choice, not Roger Goodell’s or anyone else’s. To fine a player $10,000 is just crazy.

Despite all of this, co-founder Jimmy Iovine loves the ban. He says that all of this is just giving more brand exposure for Beats. The Beats have just become the “cool” headphones, blasting their way into the top level of the hierarchy of pop culture.

The NFL can completely ban headphones, but the players aren’t going to stop using them. It’s funny how it’s only just Beats, and not any other brand.

Everyone just wants to be the man.

Enrique Cervantes

Michael Torres / The Poly Post

Enrique Cervantes

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