Will The Real 12th Man Please Stand Up? Texas A & M And Seattle Seahawks Settle Dispute Over
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Brown, M. T., Zuefle, D. M. & Batista, P. J. (2007). “Will the real 12th man please stand up? Texas a&m and seattle seahawks settle dispute over right to identify fans as ‘12th man’.” Sport Marketing Quarterly, 16, 115-117.
The legal dispute between the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks and Texas A&M University over the exploitation of the slogan “12th Man” is not only a respectable example of the significance of brand loyalty, but it is also an important case that proves the importance of having a strong brand equity. Both sport organizations take considerable pride in their supporters and fans, who they realize is the backbone of their success as an organization/ corporation. Texas A&M University’s claim over the use of the phrase “12th Man” was arguable but they stood their ground when the Seahawks defied the University’s letter to discontinue their usage of the phrase. The TAMU Vice President for Communications was protected under the Federal Trademark Act of 1946, which had the purpose of defending the right of the owner to protect the mark that symbolizes their respective organization. The case between the two warring sport properties (which was ultimately settled out of court) proved the importance of brand equity and the benefits of it as well—one major benefit being the licensing and merchandising opportunities to sell to other organizations. In exchange for the Seahawks to use the 12th man trademark, they had to pay a $100,000 licensing fee plus, publicly