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  • Major League Baseball goes after Little League

    BY TIM CRONIN SouthtownStar

    The baseball uniforms for the Tinley Park Bulldogs look a little different this year.

    Gone are the names of Major League teams that accompanied "Bulldogs" on the front of the kids' jerseys.

    No White Sox. No Cubs. No Phillies, Yankees or Reds. Why? Major League Baseball hurled a fastball at the heads of those who make the uniforms for the little ballplayers: Drop the big league names or face a lawsuit.

    For the Bulldogs, that means no more teams named after any pro franchise. Because the Bulldogs' uniforms didn't feature official Major League team logos, neither the league nor its uniform supplier, SportStation of Tinley Park, had paid a licensing fee for the uniforms.

    Late last year, SportStation received a letter from Major League Baseball, noting that not only the logos but the team names were trademarked. The letter ordered the company to stop producing the uniforms.

    "Does a league have a right to name a local team? Baseball is saying no. That's flying in the face of 100 years of tradition," said SportStation owner Dave Glenn, in business 35 years. "What it boils down to is the interpretation of the trademark."

    Sports are big business, and with billions of dollars at stake, organizations such as Major League Baseball go to great lengths to protect their trademarks. Glenn said he'd never used baseball logos on team jerseys he sold, and he ended three months of legal wrangling with Major League Baseball by signing an agreement stating he'd continue not to do so.

    The Bulldogs organization does not have the names of pro teams on jerseys but does have the names of Major League cities on its uniforms. It buys an official cap to match. So a kid on the Royals wears a Kansas City Royals cap and his jersey says "Kansas City" next to "Bulldogs." It turned out that buying 700 officially licensed Major League Baseball caps was less expensive than custom-producing a similar number of Bulldogs-logoed caps.

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/97043...orms26.article

    This story should be called "How to make your sport popular among kids"
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

  • #2
    Scroll down and select the video "The Word - Brushback Pitch"

    http://www.comedycentral.com/colbert...isodeId=168784
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    • #3
      --It unfortunate that this affects the kids, but the action is actually against a business which is making money by producing unauthorized MLB uniforms. If this manufacturer is making a profit by using MLB names on their stuff then I don't see the problem with MLB insisting they get a cut.

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      • #4
        This type of thing has happened many times before with LLs.
        THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT COME WITH A SCORECARD

        In the avy: AZ - Doe or Die

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        • #5
          Originally posted by redlegsfan21 View Post
          Scroll down and select the video "The Word - Brushback Pitch"

          http://www.comedycentral.com/colbert...isodeId=168784

          That was funny thanks for the link. The name of my little league team was the Indians. This was years ago.

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          • #6
            Where I live they are keeping the names of MLB teams. I'm on the Tigers, but the names are of animals.

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            • #7
              I would presume that calling a team the Tigers or Indians, or the like would not be a problem in itself, it is the fact that they are using the MLB franchise logo that is causing the problem?? Is that correct?
              "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

              No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DownUnderDodger View Post
                I would presume that calling a team the Tigers or Indians, or the like would not be a problem in itself, it is the fact that they are using the MLB franchise logo that is causing the problem?? Is that correct?
                Yeah. The "Tigers" are a pretty generic name for a team, in order to go after them, MLB would have to prove that you are marketing and profiting from the likeness of the ML team.
                THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT COME WITH A SCORECARD

                In the avy: AZ - Doe or Die

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