As I was eating breakfast this past week, I saw an article about high school football. So, I picked it up and started reading, only to find out that it wasn't about football itself. The article was explaining how colleges all around the country are cracking down on other high schools and youth programs for using their logos. Even though this is happening all around the country, since it is a local newspaper, the schools will be very familiar to students at Fremd. The main situation was that Stevenson Patriots are using the logo that the defending Super Bowl champs, Patriots, wear on their helmets. Other schools, such as Conant and Hoffman Estates, use the paw print logo that the University of Clemson uses. For Barrington and Crystal Lake South High Schools, it is a different story. Both of those schools were contacted by collegiate football programs regarding the use of their logo. Crystal Lake South was recently asked by the University of Florida to stop using their famous "gator head." Barrington High School was asked a couple years ago by Western Michigan University to stop using the bronco that Western Michigan puts on their uniforms. NCAA has told Crystal Lake south that this is not an emergency, and that they understand how taking the logo off of the basketball court and football field will take some time. Barrington changed their logo to the Indianapolis Colts' horseshoe decal that they put on their helmets and other school uniforms.
This is not a problem for Barrington, because unlike the NCAA, the NFL doesn't care if youth and high school teams are using their logo because they want to promote football of all ages around the country. When I was younger I played for a youth football program that had an identical logo of the Carolina Panthers. And even in high school, the varsity football team that I am a part of, uses the logo that the Minnesota Vikings have.
I understand where the teams are coming from, but why does it matter? How is a team from Crystal Lake going to affect the football program in Florida? I don't completely agree with the NCAA, but, I am happy that the NFL is letting teams use their decals.
What do you guys think? Should collegiate and professional teams trademark their team logos, and not let any other organization use it?