Reports: SU uses Ennis' likeness in advertising jersey, possible NCAA violation

Published 02/14 2014 06:02PM

Updated 02/14 2014 06:32PM

Tyler Ennis
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Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse University is catching some heat after it advertised Tyler Ennis’ jersey on Facebook and Twitter on Friday, according to reports.

Colleges are not allowed to profit from a player's likeness, which is why names are not featured on the back of jerseys and also not used in video games.

According to, The Syracuse Athletics official Twitter account tweeted the following message with a link to purchase the jersey:
“Get your Tyler Ennis Jersey while they are still available!!!”

The following picture is from the Twitter account of Mark Ennis via @Mengus22:

The Syracuse Orange official Facebook page posted the same message and an image of a #11 SU jersey appeared in the post, according to

The following picture is from the Twitter account of Matthew Guilder via @Matt_Guilder:

Schools sell a number on a jersey that is usually associated with a specific player - as is the case with #15 and SU alum Carmelo Anthony - but are not allowed to make the direct link to their name.

The NCAA’s official website also caught heat in 2013 after it was noticed Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel’s likeness was being associated with the sale of Texas A&M’s #2 jersey.

NewsChannel 9 and have reached out to Syracuse University and are awaiting comment.

For more information, read this report.

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