Skip to comments.Blocked party: NFL bars host town from using 'Super Bowl' name
Posted on 01/31/2014 9:11:37 AM PST by Doogle
Super Bowl XLVIII's hometown has a rude guest.
The sports world is converging on East Rutherford (pop. 8,978) for Sunday's game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, and all the town wanted to do was have a little block party for locals not rich or lucky enough to have tickets.
The NFL can't stop the party, but they did bar East Rutherford from using the phrase "Super Bowl" in any description of the humble event, set to take place Sunday afternoon in the shadow of the town's most famous building, MetLife Stadium.
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In typical Jersey “Scroo Ya!” fashion, they are likely to rename their town “Super Bowl, NJ”.
The non profit NFL which pays Roger Goodell $200 million per year.
The “Consummate Basin”.
We go through this every year. There’s always somebody that doesn’t understand trademarks, or the courts long list of ruling that require trademark holders to strongly enforce them (basically block and sue everybody they encounter breaking them) or lose them. Don’t ever advertise anything as a Super Bowl party, or a NCAA Tournament party, or any kind of trademark you don’t hold party, because if the holder finds out they HAVE to shut you down.
If I have to hear “The Big Game” one more time, I’m going to lose it.
I suppose we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. ;-)
This all started when a group of sodomites organized the “Gay Olympics” and the IOC successfully sued them.
Encourage the NFL to trademark it, then nobody will be able to use it ;)
If it were me on the receiving end of this pettiness, I’d change it to something REALLY vulgar and profane.
$29.5 million, and we don’t begrudge others’ salaries around here. One of the reasons he can take home that kind of bacon is by protecting the trademark.
I was just thinking, how long until the NFL also trademarks, ‘The Big Game’?
and remember what they did to Rush and how they push their favorite political causes and their implicit support of bammey boy and his ilk....it makes me sick...
Well, they don’t sue the newspapers for reporting on the game, do they?
Maybe, just to be safe, the newspapers should not use any trademarks. They could put a big headline saying “Team from Colorado Wins Important Football Game”, and write the whole article not mentioning any trademarked names.
Considering that the NCAA decided it owns elimination trees during the basketball tournament it’s not that crazy an idea.
It’s all about what is being advertised and how that ties into fair use. When a newspaper reports on the Super Bowl they are, in effect, advertising the Super Bowl. When some town or church or club wants to hold a party they’re advertising themselves. I can use your logo to advertise (or to discuss) you, I can’t use your logo to advertise me.
Just refer to it as the “ultimate last game of the football season”.
I don't begrudge him his salary I do begrudge the NFL their tax FREE status. I am against crony capitalism as much or more than over taxation.
With you there!
I was just thinking, how long until the NFL also trademarks, The Big Game?
Cal and Stanford would have a problem with that unless Goodell plans to play the tuba.
No they don't. Instead of being schmucks, they could have sold them a license to use the trademark for that event for $1.
Should'a been the HOMOLIMPICS!
HOMOSEXUAL, because there's nothing GAY about it.
They'll just pay them off, like the Seahawks paid off A&M for using "The 12th Man."
Which in part explains why they've gone so PC. "Nice tax free status you got there, hate to see anything happen to it."
Isn't that what Ted said when Mary Jo said she thought she might be pregnant?
If they had asked first they might have been able to get it. But they went the violation path first, now the trademark must be protected.
Well on my Snper Bowl party sign..that “n” is loose and keeps spinning
...wish I had a dollar for every sign in mid town Manhattan that has “Super Bowl” on it....
Wait until they use it to force gay marriages to happen in the church!
“Stupor Bowl” works well since so many drink before, during, and after the game.
I agree with you.
I used to work at Caterpillar Tractor. They were and still are very very aggressive in pursuing their trademark. And so guess what? No one uses “Caterpillar” or “Cat” remotely with their products. Those are exclusive trademarks of Caterpillar.
I see a lot of these postings where the person writing the article is trying to drum up something to get a rise out of us.
The other day someone posted a child’s home made cupcakes being shut down because the board of health said they were in violation of their food preparation codes. The article written like the big bad govt came in and shut down this poor kid’s cupcake business. Hey, it’s the law. If someone were to eat the cupcake and get sick then what?
Take to the next level, O’Reilly who goes on his show two days ago ranting about how the republicans are making a mistake by opposing the minimum wage limit to $10. Forget the fact that just about anyone with any horsesense can see that the min wage law helps unions, and not the entry level worker. In fact, it reduces jobs by forcing companies to automate these entry level jobs.
In short, I wish people would stop posting articles that are stupid in the first place.
Of course for many years the NFL did not enforce the trademark, later changed their minds, yet still retain the rights despite knowingly allowing thousands of groups to use it.
That's a great point. By law, how can the NFL be "non-profit" and enjoy protection of copyright infringement. I thought Copyright laws were specifically intended to protect the rights of a proprietor against potential profits made by others with their ideas/products.
I'm not a lawyer but I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express before.
I think someone with some money should trademark “Global Warming”, “Climate Changes”, and several others. Then they should vigorously protect their trademarks and not let anyone mention them.
No, the Olympics won.
What it generally boils down to in trademark enforcement is specific knowledge. If you specifically find out somebody is violating your trademark you have to go after them, if you don’t know about the specific you can’t be expected to enforce. Which is the problem of the internet age, before the internet every other town, church and club in the country could hold a Super Bowl party and the league could reasonably be expected to not hear about any of them because NYC based operations didn’t tend to hear much about the goings on in Sheboygan Wisconsin. Now in the internet age there’s no such thing as local news or events, if one guy in the league office has a story about some party hit his news feed there’s now multiple records that the league “knew” about the party. They no longer have the ability to say “we didn’t know”, which gives them the obligation to enforce.
Nonprofit organizations trademark stuff all the time, otherwise any idiot could put up a “March of Dimes” bucket on their counter and collect money and keep it and the real March of Dimes would have no recourse. Do you want your favorite charity to not be able to protect their logo from scammers? Then you’re OK with nonprofits using trademark protection.
If they stated “Town party to celebrate the Super Bowl(TM)” it should be fine. And then in fine print “Super Bowl is a trademark of the National Football League.”
With his salary no wonder Goodell’s wife quit Fox News...
(Jane Skinner is Mrs Goodell)
I guess you’re not old enough to remember all the national ad campaigns with Super Bowl promos for which the NFL did nothing to stop. When they started charging for official NFL sponsorship the companies ponying up started to complain. So as usual the NFL gets to have it both ways. When it’s to their benefit they do nothing. When it’s in their benefit to act, they “vigorously defend their trademark.” Just please don’t give us the pious baloney about trademark laws.
Why don’t they call it “The Souper Bowl” and have everyone bring a can of soup.
They were also influenced by other legal cases that if you allowed your trademark to fall into generic use (Kleenex, Jell-O, Band-Aid, etc.) you stood the risk of losing it.
Exactly how long was that supposed to take ? Two or three centuries? I mean it wasn’t like they let it slide a season or two.
My company's website was the single word, "controls" and the "rus" was attached to the end of the word making it "controlsrus."
After a bit of back and forth on how we felt were not using the "R-Us" in the manner that had been trademarked, he persisted in further informing me of an impending lawsuit against my company if I did not cease and desist immediately!
I finally got him to quit harassing me when I told him to get back to me when he got the Tyrannasau-R-Us Rex to change it's name, along with all the other dinosaurs that were infringing upon his client's trademark.
Never heard another word from the creep.