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Last week on Gameday, they were talking that Manziel's parents are looking into trademarking the phrase "Johnny Football". How would this possibly not be a ncaa violation? Maybe they realize that it is, and decided not to do it, and this post is a moot point, but I don't see how on earth this would not be an obvious violation.
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I believe he can trademark anything he wants. A&M can have nothing to do with it, though.
BTW, I find it stupid to begin with. What does Johnny Football even mean? It would be like Kobe trademarking the name Kobe Basketball. Or Jeter with Derek Baseball.
This post was edited by MarineMountie 17 months ago
How on earth would that be a violation? Sounds like smart business to me.
A student athlete cannot use his profile as an athlete to profit. Maybe it is a gray area if he trademarks the name now, then waits till he is out of college to use it to make any kind of profit.
same reason why charging for an autograph is a violation.
Well you did say his parents in the OP. If he was trying to do it then I could see why it would be a violation.
You are correct according NC2A regs. He, nor his family, can profit from anything related to his amateurism.
Would be no different if aTm gave his family a portion of the money from the #2 jersey's they are selling in College Station. You can't do it.
I believe this is incorrect. Amateur golfers who place well in big tournaments have had their parents collect the winnings so they wont be disqualified from NCAA play.
A trademark does not provide you with revenue. It just prevents others from doing it. As long as he didn't do anything with it to make money until after college I don't see how it would be an issue.
He could trademark it now but not use it for any sort of profit until he leaves school. At least it seems like he should be able to do that.
This post was edited by Boner 17 months ago
He applied for the trademark. Smart business.
This post was edited by Jagstyle 17 months ago
Sure it does.
If his application is granted, which it will be, and EA Sports uses it, they will have to pay the owner. That is profit.
IMO, this money can be held in trust for Mr Football until his contract with the NCAA is terminated & he won't lose eligibility.
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