In line with trademark legal professional Josh Gerben, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to dam the New Orleans Saints from trademarking the phrase “Saints Cheer Krewe,” which is the identify of their cheer squad.
The Buccaneers declare they’ve lengthy used the phrase “krewe” for varied functions, together with their loyalty membership, promotion of the group, advertising and marketing companies, clothes, buying and selling playing cards, posters and calendars, to not point out their authentic ring of honor at Tampa Stadium, which was based in 1991.
The Saints, in the meantime, solely utilized for the trademark in December 2021, shortly earlier than they introduced they have been renaming their cheer squad from the “Saintsations.” The Buccaneers consider this provides them precedence to trademark the phrase “krewe.”
The phrase “krewe” – outlined as a personal group or social membership that levels balls, festivals or parades – is greatest recognized for its affiliation with Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. Nevertheless, it’s also utilized in different celebrations alongside the Gulf of Mexico.
That features the Gasparilla Pirate Pageant, an annual occasion held in Tampa since 1904 that honors apocryphal Spanish pirate Jose Gaspar, who allegedly terrorized the coast of Spanish Florida within the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and is a well-liked determine in native folklore.
Founding proprietor Hugh F. Culverhouse clearly leaned into the pirate theme when he and native sportswriters chosen the Buccaneers’ nickname over greater than 400 different submissions for a name-the-team contest in 1975.
That mentioned, it’s probably the Buccaneers are trying to dam the trademark to keep away from any potential authorized motion from the Saints over their use of the phrase “krewe” sooner or later ought to the latter finally be granted the trademark. Gerben believes the groups might settle the matter out of court docket, nonetheless.