It’s one of life’s great unanswered questions: Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?
We do know, however, who the NFL say can’t make any more Who dat t-shirts.
WWLTV reports that many businesses in New Orleans have received cease and desist orders for printing and selling Who dat shirts.
“I really thought the ‘Who Dat’ was something that belonged to the
people more than to the Saints or to the NFL or anything else,” said one shop owner Josh Harvey.
NFL spokesman Dan Masonson disagrees: “Any unauthorized use of the Saints colors and other
[marks] designed to create the illusion of an affiliation with the
Saints is equally a violation of the Saints trademark rights because it
allows a third party to ‘free ride’ by profiting from confusion of the
team’s fans, who want to show support for the Saints.”
A nearby Loyola professor believes there is some legal gray area here, but the small shops are wary of taking on the league.
It’s a wise move. Not many people beat dem NFL officials either.