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Volume 24 No. 156
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ANHEUSER-BUSCH AND MLB GO HEAD-TO-HEAD OVER AL UMPIRE HATS

     Anheuser-Busch and MLB are "in dispute" over the
similarities between A-B's corporate logo and the new logo that
appears on the AL umpires' cap, according to REFEREE.  The new
navy caps feature an AL insignia superimposed over a red "A,"
which is similar to the A-B logo.  A spokesperson for New Era Cap
Company, manufacturers of the hat, said as of late-May, the AL
caps are not being sold in retail stores because of the dispute,
adding MLB "has not authorized us to sell the AL umpire hats
because of litigation with Anheuser-Busch over art design of the
hat."  In a statement, an A-B spokesperson said, "The logo for
the American League umpires is similar to our corporate logo.  We
are in discussions with Major League Baseball on how MLB wants to
use that logo.  No legal action is pending" (REFEREE, 7/96
issue).