NFL Wants To Trademark A Euphemism For Its Trademark
from the expanding dept
We’ve written in the past about the NFL’s extremely aggressive stance on its trademark of the term Super Bowl. Basically the league has sought to forbid advertisers from saying things like “Get a new color TV in time for the Super Bowl!”, so instead they have to use euphemisms like “The Big Game” instead. Of course, this is a total misuse of trademark law. The idea of trademarks isn’t to give one entity total control, but rather it’s to prevent confusion. So, for example, the law would prevent another football league from calling their championship game The Super Bowl. But advertisers may have to come up with some new euphemisms next year because now the NFL is seeking a trademark on “The Big Game” (via Hit & Run). The league’s stance is already ridiculous, but this takes the cake. “The Big Game” isn’t even something that the NFL came up with; it’s a phrase that other people use to describe the Super Bowl. There’s no justification for the NFL to control this term and then prevent others from using it. At least the NFL is trying to be careful not to overstep its bounds, as it says it has no intention of taking control over the word “game”… for now.