Aggies to sue Seahawks?

Texas A&M unhappy Seattle fans called ’12th man’
Associated Press

FORT WORTH — The Seattle Seahawks are facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl, but they have an off-the-field battle brewing with Texas A&M.

School officials are upset with the Seahawks’ use of the “12th Man” theme to recognize their fan support. A&M has legal claims to the “12th Man” moniker, a school tradition that dates to the 1920s.

A&M has twice registered trademarks for “The 12th Man” label — in 1990 and 1996 — that include entertainment services, “namely organizing and conducting intercollegiate sporting events,” and products, such as caps, T-shirts, novelty buttons and jewelry.

Athletics director Bill Byrne said this week he’s received e-mails from A&M supporters complaining about the Seahawks’ “brazen use of the 12th Man theme at their home playoff games.”

Byrne said A&M has contacted the Seahawks about the issue. He said he wrote the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills in the past about halting their 12th man themes once the university made them aware of the trademark registrations.

Byrne said Seattle, though, “has been slow-rolling us.”

The university’s last resort is to take the Seahawks to court, but Moore said A&M is not prepared to do that yet.

“What we hope is that the normal course of action will work, and that they’ll choose to recognize our ownership of the trademark,” he said.

Unfortunately for Texas A&M, I own the legal rights to the letter “A.” Up until now I’ve been willing to let the Aggies (and the rest of you) use it, but this case has made me more aware of the need to protect my trademarks. So this week I’ll be talking to my attorney about the possibility of filing a cease and desist order with the school.

This means the rest of you need to start making arrangments for a suitable replacement letter. I expect this to hit hardest in the state of New Jersey, where the first letter of their alphabet is “Fuckin’ A.”

My lawyer will be in touch, you scofflaw bitches.

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8 thoughts on “Aggies to sue Seahawks?

  1. New Jersey Strikes B#ck
    #s # resident of New Jersey, I must inform you th#t the light bulbs in your home #re the leg#l property of the third st#ate of the union. Re#lizing the potenti#l of Thom#s #lv# Edison, we quickly put # tr#dem#rk on him. #ny #nd #ll of his inventions #re property of New Jersey. Continued use of Mr. Edison’s cre#tions, including the phonograph, t#too gun, #nd g#lv#nic b#tteries, will result in # long and complic#ted leg#l b#ttle. # second w#rning will not be issued.

  2. Re: New Jersey Strikes B#ck
    I don’t know who this “we” is. There’s so many Jersey kids in schools down here I can’t imagine that there’s actually anybody left up there.

  3. 12th Man
    It seems like the Hawks are taking it to the next level, and the fans deserve it. They’ve been with the team for 30some years and have never reached the Superbowl, whoops I mean Big Game. It’s a lot tougher to afford a ticket for an NFL game in a city that has a high cost of living, then to get a bunch of college freshman into a saturday college game. You have to be pretty desperate for attention when you bitch about something so dumb. I still own my Bills 12th man swag, and I’m sure no one will make Ralph take the “12th man” off of the Bills Wall of Fame. That’s the kind of stuff that gets a horse head in someones bed. I’m sure next year Texas A&M will sell out of “original 12th man” T-shirts in next years homecoming game, but does anyone outside the state of texas care. People only care if your relevant! By the way can I get a trademark on the D, and the picture of the fence.

  4. Re: 12th Man
    You have to be pretty desperate for attention when you bitch about something so dumb. I still own my Bills 12th man swag, and I’m sure no one will make Ralph take the “12th man” off of the Bills Wall of Fame. That’s the kind of stuff that gets a horse head in someones bed.
    not only that, but hopefully no one will make Ralph rip up the 12th man Walk of Fame http://www.buffalobills.com/community/12ManWalkofFame.jsp , whose proceeds benefit the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation …. Texas A&M can go pound sand, just like MLB can go pound sand for claiming that it “owns” all of the statistics associated with baseball…. slightly different topic, but same idea.

  5. Re: 12th Man
    Thanks for pointing out the youth foundation, I forgot about that. I’m sure if the Bills are ever good again Texas will try and Sue them too. It’s funny becasue I heard that this is already in a federal court.

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