Last week, ClickJefferson.com wrote about the NFL and their attempt to stop local Restaurateur Phil de Gruy’s Phil’s Grill chain from holding their annual “Burger Bowl” and giving out the “Lom-Burger Trophy”.
Despite de Gruy’s filing for a trademark for the names and depictions, which are used as part of a charity event, NFL attorneys claimed that the “Lom-Burger Trophy” and the “Lombardi Trophy”, given to the Super Bowl champion, could be confusing.
Now, Louisiana Senator David Vitter (R-Metairie) is weighing in.
In a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell, Vittter said the NFL is being ridiculous.
"Come on – really? The entire Burger Bowl contest is obviously done in good fun at Phil's Grill. It's a celebration of your sport and not a 'dilution of our famous mark' or case of trademark infringement, as your lawyer heavies suggest,” Vitter wrote.
Vitter also sent the Commissioner some of Phil’s commemorative "Burger Bowl" T-shirts featuring the tag line “Support Team Gleason” on the back.
As we wrote about last week and discussed on WRNO 99.5fm’s John Osterlind Show, the money raised goes to a charity; last year it went to former Saint Steve Gleason’s Gleason Foundation, and Phil’s is not profiting from the “Burger Bowl”.
In a show of solidarity, Senator Vitter will be at the Phil’s Grill Camp Street location in New Orleans at 12:40pm today to eat one of Phil’s great burgers.
The NFL has requested, and received, an extension on their objection to Phil’s trademarks until July 2nd.