February 23, 1999 |
A federal judge has upheld a jury's verdict that the Baltimore Ravens copied their logo design from a security guard, who sued the NFL franchise for $10 million. In an opinion dated Feb. 19, U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis denied the team's request for a new trial, saying the jury's verdict last November was "supported by adequate evidence. " He also rejected the defense lawyers' suggestion that one juror was coerced by a deadlocked panel into deciding in favor of security guard Frederick Bouchat.
February 17, 1999 |
New England Patriots running back Robert Edwards's return to football was in doubt yesterday after doctors discovered nerve damage in his lower leg while performing surgery on his left knee. Edwards had the four-hour surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital after injuring himself in a beach flag football game. After rushing for 1,115 yards as a rookie last season, he will miss the entire 1999 season. Doctors were able to repair damage done to four knee ligaments, but also found the nerve damage, the team said in a statement.
October 7, 1998 |
Artists hurrying to create a logo for the Baltimore Ravens stole the design from a security guard who faxed a drawing to the Maryland Stadium Authority, his attorney said in a $10 million federal lawsuit. Attorneys for the Ravens and the NFL, meanwhile, said in their opening statement that the team's logo was developed by artists working for NFL Properties, Inc. In his suit, Frederick Bouchat claims while working at the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, in the spring of 1996, he decorated a Cleveland Browns helmet with a logo he designed and placed it on his desk in the building's lobby.
May 21, 1998 |
After years of reluctance, Major League Baseball finally granted a license for a complete run of collectible uniform-sleeve patches that were released to the market this month. "There were always people who collected baseball patches, but it was always kind of a low-key affair," said Tony Dale, vice president of marketing at Lion Brothers, the Owings Mills, Md., company that produced the items. He said it was low-key because MLB was not crazy about the idea that licensed patches could wind up on the seats of jeans and other objectionable places.
November 12, 1997 |
Matthew Kilrain filled out the contest coupon for a chance to play football with NFL Pro Bowlers Emmitt Smith and Curtis Martin, dropped it in the entry box, and then forgot all about it. "I never thought I would win," 12-year-old Matthew recalled. But yesterday, three months after entering the contest, there he was, on a football field at Our Lady of Calvary School in Northeast Philadelphia with 19 of his friends and a couple of cousins, going over plays with the Dallas Cowboys' star running back.
December 8, 1996 |
When, on Jan. 26, 1960, 33-year-old Pete Rozelle accepted the job of NFL commissioner in the men's room of Miami Beach's Kenilworth Hotel, the organization that he would convert into sports' limousine league was a clattering Model T. NFL headquarters was a tiny office in Bala Cynwyd, convenient to the home of Rozelle's recently deceased predecessor, Bert Bell, but inaccessible to almost everyone else. The staff consisted of four elderly men and an 80-year-old Kelly Girl temporary helper.
September 2, 1996 |
The man primarily responsible for bringing pro football back to this city of long-suffering pigskinophiles arrived for the inaugural Baltimore Ravens game yesterday at Memorial Stadium without benefit of escort or entourage. William Donald Schaefer, private citizen, once the most famous mayor in America, former two-term governor of Maryland, stepped out of his car before the redbrick overhang over the old north Baltimore stadium's front porch. At least the forgotten man still pulls a first-class parking space.
November 7, 1995 |
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones filed a $750 million suit against the NFL in federal court in New York yesterday, accusing the league of blocking teams from conducting their own marketing. The suit asked the court, under federal antitrust laws, to dismantle what it called "the unlawful cartel" used by the NFL in marketing its trademarks and logos. In September, the league and NFL Properties sued Jones and the Cowboys for $300 million over his recent private marketing deals with Nike, Pepsi and American Express.
October 27, 1995 |
The Eagles already lead the NFL in rushing and defense. If the league ever decided to disclose such information, they'd almost certainly be No. 1 in another category - illegal clothing. Ray Rhodes said yesterday that cornerback Mark McMillian had been fined $5,000 by the league for writing on the tape he wrapped around his cleats in the win over the Giants on Oct. 15. "McMillian stormed into my office today and said, 'What did you fine me $5,000 for?' "I said, 'Man, I don't think I have that type of fine in my book,' " Rhodes said.
October 6, 1995 |
Dallas Cowboys owners Jerry Jones has done it again, defying the NFL by making a deal with American Express, although Visa is the league's official credit card. American Express will become the official credit card of Texas Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Financial terms of the multiyear agreement, which has been rumored for weeks, were not released. The NFL said this latest move by Jones "does not change the fact that Visa is the official credit card of the National Football League and its 30 clubs.