Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 1/24/13

With the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens set to square off in Super Bowl XLVII, much of the buzz surrounding the game has centered around the brothers Harbaugh competing against each other for the Vince Lombardi trophy. John and Jim Harbaugh both had great teams heading into the season, so it is not shocking that they are the only two coaches left standing. A man from Indiana named Roy Fox anticipated that a Niners-Ravens match-up would be plausible, so he decided to try to make some money off of it. Last February, Fox says he paid more than $1,000 to file trademarks for the phrases “Harbowl” and “Harbaugh Bowl.” However, his plan never came to fruition because of pressure from the NFL. “Right before the conference championship games last year, I thought to myself, ‘Can you imagine if these guys played each other?’” Fox told ESPN.com. “If Pat Riley would go through the trouble of trademarking three-peat, why shouldn’t I try this?” In August, the NFL sent a letter to Fox expressing concerns that his recent trademarks could be confused with the league’s trademark of Super Bowl. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy explained the purpose behind that letter. “There were two questions asked of him,” McCarthy said. “Was he affiliated with any NFL teams? The answer was no. And was he in any way affiliated with the Harbaugh brothers? And that answer was no.” However, Fox said it didn’t stop there. He provided follow-up correspondence to ESPN.com that the NFL had sent him, which showed that he was encouraged to abandon his trademarks. When he first asked the league to reimburse the $1,000 he paid to file for the trademarks, his request was denied. He then asked for two Colts season tickets and an autographed photo of Roger Goodell, but was never given anything. Fox says the notes from the league became increasingly threatening, including one which said the NFL planned to oppose his filing and seek to have him pay its legal bills. The trademarks were abandoned on Oct. 24, 2012. R. Polk Wagner, a professor who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, told ESPN.com that Fox did not have to give up so easily. “My view is that the league was being overly aggressive in their interpretation that his marks were confusingly similar to ‘Super Bowl,’” Wagner explained. Mark McKenna, an intellectual law professor at Notre Dame, agreed with Wagner. “While there’s no question that in this case the trademarks are referring to, in some sense, the Super Bowl, saying that meets the legal standard would be a stretch,” McKenna said. This certainly looks like a situation where the NFL bullied someone with far less money than them and got away with it. The Super Bowl is not the only bowl game. College football also has several bowls. The Harbaughs are NFL coaches, but I don’t hear anyone saying the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Outback Bowl or Meineke Car Care Bowl are ripping off the NFL’s trademark of Super Bowl. The big guys win again. The post NFL pressured a man to give up his request to trademark ‘Harbowl’ appeared first on Larry Brown Sports. Related posts: Jim Harbaugh throws a fit after Harry Douglas catch stands Jim Harbaugh Accepts Offer to Coach San Francisco 49ers Jim Harbaugh Says Asking About Your Feelings is a ‘California Thing’

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Rich Hill blames himself after losing no-hit bid on walk-off

Mitchell Trubisky getting first-team reps, will get time with starters Sunday

Protest movement a polarizing problem for NFL

The crazy AL wild-card race is a beautiful mess

Klay Thompson not worried about money breaking up Warriors

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Vikings troll Aaron Rodgers with tweet to ex-girlfriend Olivia Munn

Report: Young Bulls players 'can’t stand' Dwyane Wade

MLB contenders in the best shape for a World Series run

Report: Kyrie Irving told Cavs he wouldn’t report to training camp

Report: Browns looking to trade Osweiler, Colts potential destination

Rob Gronkowski has given up alcohol with new diet

The 'Please just make it to the regular season' quiz

The 20 biggest storylines heading into the 2017 NFL season

Coming through in the clutch takes on new meaning for Derek Jeter in Miami

The 'When the Doctor took the Big Apple by storm' quiz

BIG3 Referee Hotline: Calls routed from 1-900-MIX-A-LOT

The Indians are on a mission to make you pay attention whether you want to or not

15 college football coaches who are on the hot seat

Getaway Day: The playing field is leveling off as the wild-card chase takes shape

The 'Anquan Boldin calls it a career' quiz

Sports & Politics Intersect: Echoes of Charlottesville ripple across the sports world

BIG3 Playoff Preview: Can anyone stop Trilogy?

Why the SEC is not the best football conference anymore

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Please just make it to the regular season' quiz

Coming through in the clutch takes on new meaning for Derek Jeter in Miami

BIG3 Referee Hotline: Calls routed from 1-900-MIX-A-LOT

The 'When the Doctor took the Big Apple by storm' quiz

The Indians are on a mission to make you pay attention whether you want to or not

The 'Anquan Boldin calls it a career' quiz

Getaway Day: The playing field is leveling off as the wild-card chase takes shape

Sports & Politics Intersect: Echoes of Charlottesville ripple across the sports world

BIG3 Playoff Preview: Can anyone stop Trilogy?

The 'Bye bye to the Beast Incarnate?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker