Money rules everything

January 28, 2010

NFL cracks down on “Who Dat” merchandise

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 28, 2010 2:54 PM ETIt’s one of life’s great unanswered questions: Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?

We do know, however, who the NFL say can’t make any more Who dat t-shirts.

WWLTV reports that many businesses in New Orleans have received cease and desist order for printing and selling Who dat shirts.

“I really thought the ‘Who Dat’ was something that belonged to the people more than to the Saints or to the NFL or anything else,” said one shop owner Josh Harvey.

NFL spokesman Dan Masonson disagrees:  “Any unauthorized use of the Saints colors and other [marks] designed to create the illusion of an affiliation with the Saints is equally a violation of the Saints trademark rights because it allows a third party to ‘free ride’ by profiting from confusion of the team’s fans, who want to show support for the Saints.”

A nearby Loyola professor believes there is some legal gray area here, but the small shops are wary of taking on the league.


Football lovers unite

January 27, 2010

Do not tune your TV to the Pro Bowl if you believe they should move it back to Hawaii

NFL won’t let Superdome host Super Bowl viewing party

Posted by Michael David Smith on January 26, 2010 5:17 PM ETSuperdome officials say they’ve been inundated with requests from people who would love to get together with fellow saints fans and watch the Super Bowl on the big screens at the Saints’ home stadium. But the NFL won’t allow it.

“Yeah, we’ve had a lot of calls, and certainly wish we could show it, but there is a long standing NFL policy that you cannot show the game to a mass audience, so we’re just not able to do it. Sorry, wish we could,” Superdome spokesman Bill Curl told Fox 8 in New Orleans.

Similar requests have come up in the past, including when the Saints played the NFC Championship Game in Chicago in 2006. The league, however, stands in the way of that type of public broadcast of the game.

The reason? TV ratings, which are based on people who watch the game at home. The league doesn’t want tens of thousands of people to watch in a stadium, because those tens of thousands wouldn’t be counted toward the official TV audience that the networks use to sell commercial time to advertisers.