Saturday, January 30, 2010

Nobody Owns a Catchphrase

Really, NFL. Running out of cash or something?
Who owns "Who Dat?"

Some T-shirt makers are asking that question after they were hit with cease-and-desist letters from the NFL demanding that they stop selling shirts with the traditional cheer of New Orleans Saints fans.

The National Football League says the shirts infringe on a legal trademark it owns. Separately, two brothers and longtime Saints fans claim they own the phrase, which was around before the long-downtrodden team's inception in 1966.

The league said Friday it's not trying to exclude all uses of Who Dat and the fleur-de-lis logo -- just when either is used in combination with other Saints trademarks, like their fleur-de-lis logo and uniform designs.

The NFL owns the fleur-de-lis now? Good luck winning that argument.

It never ceases to amaze me how corporate sports can ruin the fun of a community that is basking in the glow of a sports team and the success it is having. Of course a few hucksters are going to make some coin off pirated or knockoff shirts. Who cares? It's been that way forever. The surest sign that your team is accomplishing something is when the little roadside booths pop up selling jerseys to the bandwagon lameasses.

Real fans already have their gear. Let a few clowns make some running around money.

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