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Texas A&M suing the Indianapolis Colts

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The NFL can be a legal minefield but the sport of football as a whole is a very complicated system can all be torn down by one simple slip up.

It now seems that two of the more famous names at different levels of the game are now set to collide in the courtroom after Texas A&M college filed a lawsuit against the Indianapolis Colts.

Colts not listening

The Aggies are now suing the Colts over trademark infringement after Indianapolis have made a lot of use of their famous 12th man trademark.


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The school uses as it's homepage and even has the phrase on display in their stadium.

The Aggies have used the phrase since they first trademarked it in 1922 but for close to a decade now, the Colts have been making use of it for their own gain.

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The situation started back in 2006 when A&M issued a cease and desist letter to the Colts over the use of the phrase.

Two years later, Indianapolis retired the 12th man in their ring of honour and according to the recently filed lawsuit, were once again warned that they were infringing on the phrase.

The final straw however came in July when in an e-mail advertisement to sell tickets, the Colts encouraged fans to 'Join the 12th Man' which led to school officials becoming aware of the situation and now taking action.

Indianapolis have used the phrase to encourage fan involvement, sell merchandise and even honour fans with a 12th man award.

While this seems like a fairly cut and dry lawsuit, many fans unaware of the situation may have one question to ask, what about the Seattle Seahawks?

What about Seattle?

The Seattle Seahawks have built their fan base in recent years around the idea that they're the team's 12th man, so why can Seattle use the phrase but Indianapolis can't?

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Seattle have actually been paying Texas A&M royalty fees for the permission to use the phrase on their merchandise.

However in recent years, Seattle have found ways to avoid paying Texas by simply rephrasing their fan base.

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