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Consumer Alert: Make sure your Zag Swag is the real deal

SPOKANE, Wash. - With an historic Final Four game on Saturday. Gonzaga merchandise is flying off the shelves at the school's bookstore and, now, at pop-up shops around the city.

But is that gear legit?

KXLY spoke with Sam MacDonald, Gonzaga's director of Trademark and Licensing, who says that, for now, the tents he's seen selling Zag gear are properly licensed.

But, the Athletic Office does ask consumers to keep their eyes out for unlicensed gear.

Here's what you need to look for:

First- the shop should have some sign or sort of  that indicates the sellers have the appropriate Collegiate Licensing Company or NCAA credential.

Second, your New Zag gear should have one of to holographic stickers, like the ones you'll find on most professional sports teams' apparel.

Another word of warning; if you see Zag gear with your favorite players name on the back- it's not the real deal.

Buying unlicensed gear won't bring any consequences to the consumer, but it will affect Gonzaga and other licensed shops, who benefit from merchandise sales. 

If you find a pop up shop that you think might be operating without a license, you are asked to report it to the Gonzaga Trademark Office at 509-313-7093.