1. Welcome to SportsJournalists.com, a friendly forum for discussing all things sports and journalism.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register for a free account to get access to the following site features:
    • Reply to discussions and create your own threads.
    • Access to private conversations with other members.
    • Fewer ads.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon!

Baseball stands ordered torn down for being better than softball's

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by DeskMonkey1, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. DeskMonkey1

    DeskMonkey1 Active Member


    "The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation following an anonymous complaint. Ultimately, officials demanded that the seating and scoreboard be torn down because the upgrades are superior to Plymouth's girls' softball facilities. The boys' seating is also not handicap accessible, which is a separate violation of government regulations."
  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I guess the softball parents could hold their own fundraisers, no?
  3. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    While they're at it, the Plymouth school district:


    .... should get ready for a friendly little phone call from the....


    Seems like the Plymouth athletic department has a lot of people with the attitude of, "We're just going to go and do whatever the hell we want," without worrying very much about any possible consequences.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  4. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    and hold quite successful ones. There is no shortage of cash in that district.

    Not sure I would call it "across town" since the two schools are .8 miles apart

  5. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    The aluminum bleachers shown at the softball facility are much better than the seating structures at about 98% of the HS baseball fields I have ever seen.
  6. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    All three high schools are that close. Even more unique, there's a good chance that players from opposite teams/schools have a class together.
  7. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    High schools co-opting professional logos is common practice. Very few pro teams are dumb enough to sue.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Using Title IX as an argument for this is quite possibly one of the dumbest fucking things in the history of dumb fucking Title IX arguments.

    "Equal opportunity" has nothing to do with bleachers or scoreboards. You want nice bleachers? Raise the fucking money like the baseball parents did.
  9. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    It's not that college and pro teams really care if some podunk high school copies their logo, but if they don't at least send a cease and desist letter and tell them to change it courts might rule they aren't making an effort to protect their copyright. Then they can't licence their apparel.

    This school might be OK. There are some subtle difference between that logo and Nashville. The eye is different and so is the striping in the middle. The changes don't really have to be big. Ever notice the tiny little notch in the bottom of Clemson's paw logo? That's so they can copyright it as something different than every other paw out there.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  10. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    My response was more focused on Starman's assertion that this is a program with an "attitude of we're going to do whatever the hell we want." I don't see the logo as some sort of attitude problem with the administration.

    I get what you're saying about protecting the copyright, but yeah, as you noted, the logo is sufficiently different enough that they'd probably be OK.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  11. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Yeah.... about that....
    The school's original mascot was going to be the Predators ... until (yeah, you know where this is going)... a handful of the usual PC folks with nothing else to do questions the district's need to name its athletic teams after of group of people that preys on children and women. Yeah, sexual predators.
    So because they worried about being viewed as insensitive, they changed the name from Predators to Wildcats.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  12. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    I'm not a legal scholar, but I can't see as how this is a violation. If I understand correctly, the school system didn't spend the money to upgrade the facilities; the parents did it themselves.
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page