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MLB TO DONATE MORE MONEY TO LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
Published February 21, 1995
MLB responded to a report last week that MLB was "cracking down" on copyright infringement by Little League teams and amateur adult leagues by requiring them to pay an additional $6 fee to wear uniforms with "big-league nicknames." The league issued a statement Friday that not only will Little League teams not be required to pay the fee, but that MLB would also "donate more money to youth baseball than it receives in royalties on licensed products sold to youth teams" (Kathy Reakes, FLORIDA TODAY, 2/18). Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig: "It is Major League Baseball's intent to encourage Little League clubs and other youth baseball clubs to use the names of Major league teams, not discourage it" (MLB). MLB Properties VP & General Counsel Don Gibson: "It's not a money issue. It's a matter of trademark use. If you don't protect your trademark, you risk losing it" (USA TODAY, 2/20).