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Four vendors at the Super Show received summons to appear as defendants in a federal copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit filed by ACOG and the USOC. ACOG filed the lawsuit Friday without knowing who they were suing, but ACOG and USOC attorneys told U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob they "would name the alleged violators as they were identified over the weekend." ACOG members then spread out across the show and found four violators. Two vendors were selling soccer balls with interlocking Olympic rings, one was selling a glow-in-the-dark Olympic torch and one was selling travel bags labeled "Olympic," according to Bill Ferguson, ACOG Dir of Enforcement. ACOP Dir of Commun. Darby Coker: "If you wait to file the lawsuit after the show is over, people will have left and there will be no one to serve" (Bill Rankin, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/6).
Pro-Tix, a ticketing network run by Prologue Systems of Madison, WI, has beaten out Ticketmaster in a bid to manage the sale of Olympic tickets. Prologue is expected to join a group of companies that "could include" Olympic sponsor IBM in managing the sale of the more than 11M Olympic tickets. ACOG negotiated with Ticketmaster "on and off" for more than two years, but was never able to reach a deal. They were also "concerned" that the Justice Department's investigation into Ticketmaster's pricing policies would create an "un-Olympic" image for the company. Industry experts cautioned that the project is a "huge undertaking," and that Pro-Tix, with only 16 employees and $1.5M in annual revenue has never been involved in such a large project. Ticketmaster VP Alan Citron says Pro-Tix's Olympic involvement proves that his company does not have a monopoly. Bill Wood, a consumer advocate with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a D.C.-group that has criticized pricing in the ticketing industry, says Ticketmaster's non-involvement could lead to lower prices (Melissa Turner, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/4).
Xerox has signed on as a national sponsor of USA Track & Field and will support seven major track and field events leading up to the '96 Olympics. The USATF deal will add to Xerox's other Olympic sponsorships, which include the U.S. Olympic Team, the '96 Games, the IOC and over 200 national organizing committees worldwide. The seven events Xerox will sponsor before the '96 games: The U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships; The U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships, U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials; The U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials; the U.S. Junior Track and Field Championships; The U.S. Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships and the USATF Convention (Xerox).