For years I’ve used the online site ‘Zazzle’ to create the awards and other junk I make for myself and for the league champs. You may have received a mug or clock or some other item with the league’s shield on it in the past. For example here is a mug I ordered a few years ago.
Zazzle usually does quality work inexpensively and I pay a yearly fee to get free shipping on all my orders.A couple of weeks back I thought I’d order a dozen or so keychains and send them out to the owners just for the hell of it. I created the item using our league shield and promptly received a notice that the order had been canceled:
This product contains a design with an image and/or text that is in violation of an individual’s rights of celebrity/publicity. Zazzle is note[sic] currently licensed to offer merchandise for this individual and/or group. If you are interested in purchasing officially licensed merchandise at Zazzle, please visit: http://www.zazzle.com/brands
In other words I don’t have permission to use Ed Hughes’ name. But I can use Zazzle to buy “officially licensed” Ed Hughes merchandise. I’d like to see that stuff. And they can’t even bother to check their own boilerplate bullshit for grammar errors while being dicks.
I checked with Dean, our graphics guy, and had him whip up what I hope is an acceptable replacement shield/logo:
I’m going to give it a shot at Zazzle. Hopefully it’ll fly.