totally man wrote:
No one can use the phrase "Super Bowl" in an advertisement
Players can say I'm going to the Super Bowl. Players can thank their sponsors whether NFL sponsors or not. Companies can't say that. Super Bowl is trademarked as is Olympics and Olympian. I don't really have a problem with Rule 40 in terms on companies using their trademarks such as Olympics or Olympian. Athletes should be able to thank their sponsors whenever and where ever they want. What is the issue if Meb says Thanks Sketchers for providing me the best equipment to try and get a medal in Rio while in Rio? Or Boris Berian, Emma Coburn, B-Mart, or Jenny Simpson from thanking NB?
Companies such as Saucony, should be able to say Congrats to Jared Ward or Molly Huddle on qualifying for the big even in Rio. If they win a medal. Congrats on winning a medal at the big event in Rio.
I don't understand how Rule 40 can prohibit the use of Rio, Gold, Silver, Bronze or Medal. Those words are common use words, so how can they be trademarked or banned for being used?
We already know that the USOC sent an e-mail that requested Oiselle to remove a picture of Kate Grace because her bib had trademarked logos like #RoadtoRio and Olympic Trials. I understand the need to protect the rights that other big companies pay to be a TOP partner in the Olympics or a USOC sponsor but there's no way that there would be any confusion if an athlete or non-sponsoring partner congratulated an athlete.