The Wall Street Journal reports that the Yankees went to court to defend its claim to the title of Baseball’s Evil Empire. A private company wanted to trademark the phrase, but the Yankees argued that they had the the rights to the phrase.
According to the Journal:
Part of the Yankees’ argument: a concession that in the baseball world, they are, in fact, the “Evil Empire.” In its legal papers, the team referenced a number of articles from the past decade using the term in connection with the Yankees, and conceded that the team has “implicitly embraced” the “Evil Empire” theme by playing music from Star Wars during their home games.
A panel of trademark judges in D.C. ruled in favor of the Yankees. Again, from the Wall Street Journal story:
“In short, the record shows that there is only one Evil Empire in baseball and it is the New York Yankees,” wrote the judges. “Accordingly, we find that [the Yankees] have a protectable trademark right in the term . . . as used in connection with baseball.”
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