Discussing “Johnny Football” and Trademark Law

Yesterday I joined Marc Daniels and Jerry Greene on “The Beat of Sports” (740 The Game, Orlando) to discuss the legal issues involved with Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M seeking trademark registration for Manziel’s nickname, “Johnny Football.”  There is a fascinating interplay between trademark law, the right of publicity and NCAA bylaws. 

Click below to listen to my interview:

Thanks to Marc Daniels and Jerry Greene for inviting me on the program.   Also, thanks for Rich Twilley for his thoughts on the issue.  Stay tuned for more on this issue next week.


  1. [...] Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is now the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy, which will be awarded tonight.  If he takes home the Heisman, interest in “Johnny Football” will be at an all-time high.  Accordingly, I wanted to take a closer look at the trademark issues surrounding Manziel’s nickname.  As I recently discussed on “The Beat of Sports”, there is a fascinating interplay betwee… [...]

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