Saturday, May 31, 2008

Give me a break

In a recent column we ran in the Freeman, Jim Litke tells the story of a youth baseball league in the Chicago area that had to stop having their kids wear uniforms with major league baseball names because the company that provided them with the uniforms was not a licensed MLB provider.
Huh?
I know technically you have to permission from MLB to do that, and I'm all for capitalism in this country, but you've got to be kidding me. I mean where does this stop? If someone from MLB hears of a pick-up game where kids are wearing team jerseys, do the children have to cough up money for the right.
It's just getting ridiculous.
In the case Litke spoke about, the youth league compromised by purchasing official MLB team hats and wore T-shirts with the name of the league with the city the teams were from below it, so in the end, MLB got its way -- and a little extra money for its billion dollar industry.
You guys should be really proud of yourselves.

6 Comments:

Blogger Johnny said...

It is outrageous, but MLB is taking a page from the the NFL. The NFL does not allow any non-sponsoring company to use Super Bowl in its advertising. They always say "Big Game." There was a church that wanted to sell admission to a Super Bowl party to cover the cost of food and soft drinks, but the NFL threatened to sue them so they had to back off.

The NFL gets a pass for everything that they do. MLB always gets slammed. But, they both derve it.

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