Education has taken a back seat according to Major League Baseball, as MLB sues former NBA star David Robinson's elementary school.
Education has taken a back seat according to Major League Baseball, whose attorneys have filed a lawsuit against Carver Academy, a non-profit elementary school founded by former NBA star David Robinson, for a simple logo infraction.
The logo is an interlocking "C-A" that resembles the logo the former California Angels (Anaheim Angels) had used between the '93 and '96 seasons. The Angels say they have the right to approve the use of their names and logos in connection with "educational services."
While the Angels are listed as the objecting party, the New York law firm that filed the objections is retained not by the team but by Major League Baseball.
What kind of greedy, selfish, self-centered organization would have the nerve to sue a non-profit educational program for a logo that coincidentally resembles a logo the Angels haven't used in nine years? Not to mention the fact that the Carver Elementary school logo displays different colors and does not contain the halo that the Anaheim Angels still use today.
Angels owner Arte Moreno told The Times he was not aware of the Carver case, but did not have a problem with the school's logo use. "It would be like us going to the Crystal Cathedral," he said, "and saying you can't talk about the angels."
As for Robinson, he too was unaware of the trademark dispute, and said he would be happy to speak with Moreno to help resolve the situation. "This should be no problem at all," he said. "I'm surprised it would become such a thing."
Why would a multi-million dollar organization like MLB take such extreme measures against a non-profit elementary school built for the education and well being of children? I mean, it's not like the school is making millions because of it, at the same time depriving the Anaheim Angels of wanted fans. It's a quiet little school in a quiet little town.
I know that MLB is steadily losing fans, but this is one of the lowest things I have ever seen being affiliated with professional sports. MLB is sending a message to the world, that education and children come second to the "old mighty dollar."
The lawyers and executives working on baseball trademark issues handle "hundreds of active matters at any given time," said Ethan Orlinsky, senior vice president and general counsel of MLB Properties. "The owner of a trademark must enforce it or risk losing it."
The only thing MLB risks losing in this case is the support of fans who take their children’s education seriously.