Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Are US schools losing money by not licensing?

I sent this letter to the "Official Pete Maravich Site" this morning:

Hi,

My name is Philip Smith.

I attended Daniel High School and have an eBay search set up to tell me if anything "Daniel High School" related pops up for auction - (I'm interested in annuals mostly).

Almost daily, a search comes to my email (based on the search terms "Daniel High School") for a Pete Maravich Daniel High School Jersey.

Such as:

PETE MARAVICH DANIEL HIGH SCHOOL JERSEY BLUE sz L


OR

PETE MARAVICH DANIEL HIGH SCHOOL JERSEY BLUE sz 4XL


I have asked these eBay sellers (with no response) if this was licensed merchandise. I wasn't interested in buying, but I wondered if my alma mater high school was receiving licensing fees and were you.

I know that there were some licensing issues with the movie "Pistol Pete" as I was involved in that discussion as part of student council when I was in school.

My father was coached at Clemson by Pete's father - Press. He also served on Daniel's Booster Club and had a licensing program set up with local sports shops. I've been discussing these details with him.

Could you please point me to the right source to inquire about this licensing violation (if there is one) and if you are the right person to contact regarding the Maravich name?

Thank you for your time ... I hope this comes as a welcome tip.

Sincerely,

Philip




I sent a similar letter to my former high school.

There's a good possibility that my school has lost tens of thousands in revenue / royalty from this.

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