According to USA Today, coaches trademarking their names and phrases is the next big thing to hit college football. And apparently, Clemson and Ohio State are leading the way. First, Clemson...

"At a time when none of his players can make money off their fame in college sports, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has trademarked his name."

"Swinney even has a deal under Clemson's licensing program to sell merchandise that bears his name. His attorney has opened discussions with Clemson athletics director Dan Radakovich about adding a separate licensing agreement to Swinney's employment contract."
And the Buckeyes...

"Ohio State is in the process of trademarking coach Urban Meyer’s name and the phrase “Urban Meyer Knows,” U.S. Patent and Trademark Office records show. Kansas State has a detailed licensing agreement to use the name and likeness of Bill Snyder. Washington coach Steve Sarkisian negotiated the right to approve all uses of his name, voice, signature or likeness."
You can read more on the matter here. How do you feel about this?
Filed Under: NCAA Football


So what happens when these coaches leave the schools, do the trademarks stay with the universities or go with the coach? Since they are under the school's licensing programs, I assume they can't take them with them. Nick and Jimmy ain't lettin' nobody trademark Nickisms but Nick.
Reply35 months
Texas will soon be trademarking Nick Saban
Reply35 months
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