Originally posted on Sports Business Digest  |  Last updated 8/17/12

Terrible Towel knockoffs? That's just...terrible. The NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers and the Allegheny Valley School have filed suit against Nick Rossi, of Ligonier, claiming that Rossi violated the trademark on the well-known "Terrible Towel". The towel, which was created by the late Steelers broadcaster Myron Cope, was trademarked sometime ago, with the trademark currently owned by the school. All proceeds from the sale of the towels go to the school, which helps disabled persons, including Myron Cope's son. Rossi states that he initially made the towels to raise money for earthquake victims in Italy, and sees the towels on an improvement on the original, hence making the lawsuit frivolous,
“When I made these towels, I thought they were a new and improved version of their towel, and I don't see any reason why you shouldn't be able to do that,” said Nick Rossi.
Both the Steelers and the school disagreed, hitting Rossi with a lawsuit claiming trademark infringement, unfair competition, and racketeering, as well as numerous cease-and-desist letters. While Rossi has taken steps to avoid a suit -- he no longer uses the word "terrible" on any of his products -- he still believes the plaintiffs in the suit are overstepping their boundaries. That being said, he is still looking to avoid a costly, protracted lawsuit,
“I can't afford to fight them, and no one else is going to fight them because it's Pittsburgh and it's Myron Cope and it's history, but I really think they're overreaching,” said Rossi. (via WTAE)
Sales of the terrible towel have currently brought in over $3 million dollars to the Allegheny Valley School. ; ;
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

TCU extends Gary Patterson through 2024 season

Shohei Ohtani studies Bryce Harper video to improve his hitting

Chris Harris: Broncos need to get 'mind-control' over AFC West back

WATCH: Pat Narduzzi predicts Pitt upset win over Miami in halftime interview

Report: Florida moving on from Chip Kelly

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Derrick Rose considering his NBA future

Report: Mississippi St. set to go ‘all in’ to keep Dan Mullen

Eli Manning: Losing so much 'can wear you out'

Chargers have 'real concerns' about Mike Williams's knee?

Jerry Jones reiterates support for Jason Garrett

Jay Bilas: NCAA offered committee spot to silence him

The 'Profound mound of rebound' quiz

15 key questions for NFL Week 12

Raiders' fall from grace shows there's more work to be done

NFL Week 12 predictions

College football Week 13 predictions

The 'Getting a leg up on the competition' quiz

Biggest sports turkeys of 2017

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

The '303 yards and a cloud of dust' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Kyrie Irving has unlimited range

Anthony Davis may never escape his biggest flaw

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

Steelers 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 'Profound mound of rebound' quiz

Raiders' fall from grace shows there's more work to be done

The 'Getting a leg up on the competition' quiz

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Kyrie Irving has unlimited range

The '303 yards and a cloud of dust' quiz

Anthony Davis may never escape his biggest flaw

NFL Week 12 predictions

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

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