How Boise State Protects its Trademark Blue Turf

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Last night, the discussion topic in my Sports Law class was trademark law in sports.  We primarily discussed Indianapolis Colts, Inc. v. Metropolitan Baltimore Football Club Limited Partnership, 34 F.3d 410 (7th Cir.  1994), which involved a trademark dispute between the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore CFL Colts (back when the CFL had teams in the […]

Johnny Football and Amateurism

I recently examined the trademark law issues involved with Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, and his nickname “Johnny Football.” Warren Zola looked at the big picture over at the Sports Law Blog, weighing the rights held by Texas A&M and Manziel. Here’s an excerpt: 1. Texas A&M plays in the 2013 Cotton Bowl on January 4th v. […]

Heisman Saturday: “Johnny Football” Raises Trademark, NCAA Issues

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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 […]

UniWatch on High School Logos

As a Patriots fan who prefers Pat Patriot to Flying Elvis, one of my favorite blogs is Uniwatch, written by Paul Lukas, who also writes a uniform column for ESPN.com.  Yesterday I wrote about the trademark issue involving The Morgan School in Clinton, Conn., which uses a husky logo that is quite similar that used by the […]

“Ball So Hard University” Triggers Trademark Dispute

An interesting trademark dispute is brewing over an NFL star’s catchphrase and the attempts of others to capitalize on it.  Terrell Suggs, defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens, claims ownership of the phrase “Ball So Hard University,” an obviously fictional school that Suggs has referred to as his alma mater.  Steve Kilar of the Baltimore Sun has the […]

From the Big Game to March Madness

Trademark issues associated with major sports events are in season.  Fresh off of the short-lived controversy concerning the Saints rallying cry of ‘Who Dat?’ Geoffrey Rapp over at Sports Law Blog brings us “March Trademark Infringement Madness.” In his discussion of the NCAA’s defense of the ‘March Madness’ mark, Rapp shared an interesting piece of […]

‘Who Dat’ - NFL, Lousiana Attorney General Clarify Proper Use of Saints Rallying Cry

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The two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl are known for heavy analysis of the participating teams, anticipation of the best commercials and party planning.  Recently, another Super Bowl tradition has taken hold: the NFL’s zealous protection of its trademarks. The latest example involves the New Orleans Saints, and the chant “Who dat say […]

Hartford Whalers Trademark: Who Owns The Rights?

With the introduction of retro Hartford Whalers jerseys to the market, questions concerning the rights to the mark “Hartford Whalers” abound. The prevailing thought appears to be that the City of Hartford or State of Connecticut owned the trademark rights to “Hartford Whalers” but let the registration expire this summer.  There is confusion over whether the rights […]

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