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MLB Using Licensing Bat on Little League Baseball

Landis MarksSenior Analyst IMay 31, 2008

So you want to be a Big Leaguer and represent, emulate and just all around be like Mike, or Albert, or Chipper? (Please not Pokey!)

Well kid, somebody's gotta pony up!!!

MLB (that stands for Major Litigation Business) is going after the new generation of fans with a vengeance. If you don’t pay the license fee, you can’t call your team the Cubs, Cardinals, Yankees or any other MLB logoed franchise. You have to buy your uniforms from Majestic, the official clothier of Major League Baseball.

Majestic was recently bought by VF Corporation this past February.

Now I am not saying that anyone should boycott Majestic or VF. Quite frankly, I wear a lot of their apparel. I especially like their hoodies…

But someone should take a stand. Not necessarily me, but someone with a concious, and not a closet or drawer, ok make that hamper and floor full, of the deliciously thick and natural fiber luciousness that be Majestic.

Anybody knows if the Little Leaguers can call themselves the Grays, Browns, or Expos, etc.? Just wondering because they probably own the rights to the past as well as the present.

The story reminds me when back in the ’90s I think it was that the NFL (No Financial Loser) made a similar move against Pop Warner football. They politely asked a team called the Vikings to change their names.

It turned out that the Little Vikings club had been in existence before there ever was an NFL Minnesota Vikings franchise.

Touche!

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