The NFL Threatened To Sue The Guy That Trademarked “Harbowl”

HarbowlRoy Fox, the pride of Pendleton, Indiana, probably never guessed he’d be threatened by the NFL’s myriad of lawyers when he trademarked “Harbowl” last year. According to The Washington Times, Fox hade the idea of selling t-shirts and hats for “some extra cash in case these brothers did ever meet in a future Super Bowl.

Well they did — a year later. And the NFL didn’t like that someone was trying to make a profit on it.

Over the course of August, NFL lawyers pushed Mr. Fox to abandon his trademark application. Mr. Fox didn’t want to abandon it. So the NFL pushed harder.

“If you are still interested in resolving this matter amicably and abandoning your trademark application, please contact me as soon as possible,” NFL Assistant Counsel Delores DiBella wrote to Mr. Fox in October. She warned that otherwise, the NFL “will be forced to file an opposition proceeding and to seek the recoupment of our costs from you.”

“I was threatened to be taken to court,” Fox told me, “and I just assumed I would lose, and I couldn’t afford the court costs.”


This sort of reminds me of that time that a Ravens player trademarked song lyrics and then sent cease and desist letters to local t-shirt retailers using it to promote him and the Ravens.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.


  1. JimmyDundalk

    January 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    This is what happens when you get a guy in the white house like unfortunately we now have,,,,,,,,,,,it allows all big corporations to shove the little guy around,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,this is a bunch of bullshit and so is he,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    • 9inchnails

      January 28, 2013 at 6:28 am

      @JimmyDundalkWhat does Joe Biden have to do with this?

      • JimmyDundalk

        January 28, 2013 at 9:47 am

        @9inchnails  @JimmyDundalk Funny incher , I was referring to the turd,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

        • 9inchnails

          January 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

           Turd in the White House? Take your pick…….
          A. Ronald Reagan
          B. George Bush
          C. George Bush
          D. Monica Lewinsky
          E. Willie Nelson smoking weed on the roof
          F. Dan Quayle
          G. Mystery Man

        • MGW

          January 28, 2013 at 9:28 pm

          @9inchnails @JimmyDundalk
          18. Hillary Clinton

        • JimmyDundalk

          January 29, 2013 at 9:13 am

          @9inchnails the one that looks and acts like one………………

        • JimmyDundalk

          January 29, 2013 at 9:14 am

          @MGW  @9inchnails  @JimmyDundalk There is only one real turd in the white house and it will never be the same ……………….