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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

O’s have no problem with gambling logos on Merson’s jersey

And I have no problem with Dick Nozzle logos on Daniel Negreanu’s jersey.

Laurel native Greg Merson won the World Series of Poker Main Event recently and did so wearing an Orioles jersey modified with patches advertising his sponsors.

This caused exactly no consternation on the part of the Orioles, which could come as a surprise for a team playing in an image-conscious league like Major League Baseball. It has yet to relent on its life-time ban of hits leader Pete Rose (who bet on his own team, of course).

But a little card game worth nearly $9 million, in which one guy happens to wear a baseball jersey (he paid for) with some logos for Best Bet Jacksonville, Ivey Poker and Draft Kings? Not a problem.

“Greg wearing an Orioles jersey was something we got a kick out of seeing, and we congratulate him on his win,” wrote Greg Bader, recently promoted to vice president of communication and marketing. “I know many of us with the ballclub enjoyed seeing the Orioles colors displayed during the tournament. At no time were any concerns expressed about the advertisements on his jersey.”

Repoz Posted: November 13, 2012 at 02:24 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Belfry Bob Posted: November 13, 2012 at 02:54 PM (#4301504)
Man, getting censored in the Far East for a signing violation, now this...my Orioles are becoming an OUTLAW TEAM!
   2. dr. scott Posted: November 13, 2012 at 03:00 PM (#4301517)
At no time were any concerns expressed about the advertisements on his jersey


However, we were offended that the advertisement for the grand re-openning of "new urban hot spot gentlemens club" Lollypops, was not featured more prominantly.
   3. DiPoto Cabengo Posted: November 13, 2012 at 03:22 PM (#4301549)
You mean there were other players, aside from Gaelle Baumann and Elisabeth Hille?
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: November 13, 2012 at 03:28 PM (#4301556)
I liked watching the new near-live format for the final table. It was fun watching hands without the knowledge that they were pre-selected to be shown. And I didn't missed the canned jokes and pre-scripted announcing. In the parts I watched, Merson was an impressive player.
   5. AJMcCringleberry Posted: November 13, 2012 at 03:35 PM (#4301563)
You mean there were other players, aside from Gaelle Baumann and Elisabeth Hille?

Was so annoyed when they got knocked out.

Merson is a great player, he also won the tournament before the main event for $1.1 million.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: November 13, 2012 at 04:32 PM (#4301610)
There are ballpark, TV and radio ads for casinos on baseball broadcasts. This ship sailed a long time ago.

A little surprised MLB wasn't all over this ... unless somebody actually did pay the licensing fee.
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: November 13, 2012 at 04:48 PM (#4301626)
A little surprised MLB wasn't all over this ... unless somebody actually did pay the licensing fee.


Do you think they'd be mad that he was wearing the jersey? or mad that he would be wearing it with the buttons/patches on it?
   8. Charlie O Posted: November 13, 2012 at 06:01 PM (#4301714)
It has yet to relent on its life-time ban of hits leader Pete Rose (who bet on his own team, of course).


Has it really been reduced to a life-time ban? Will Rose become eligible upon his death?
   9. Bhaakon Posted: November 13, 2012 at 08:51 PM (#4301929)
A little surprised MLB wasn't all over this ... unless somebody actually did pay the licensing fee.


Once you decide to sell officially branded apparel to the public, don't you waive that right (at least wrt the merchandise)? It's not like baseball jerseys come with an end user license agreement.
   10. Walt Davis Posted: November 14, 2012 at 01:57 AM (#4302169)
Do you think they'd be mad that he was wearing the jersey?

This although #9 is probably right. But I'm pretty sure I've seen plenty of corporate logos fuzzed out on new broadcasts and stuff. But, yes, I was thinking about how they don't let movies, games, etc. use real team names/logos unless they paid. But maybe they've eased up on that anyway (thinking back to Seinfeld, Mets, Yankees) which would be sensible.
   11. phredbird Posted: November 14, 2012 at 01:33 PM (#4302475)
It has yet to relent on its life-time ban of hits leader Pete Rose (who bet on his own team, of course).


is he saying this as some sort of viable excuse for rose? if so, that meme has to stop.

afaik, rose's ban is still 'permanent'. to me, that means forever, but i'm just a poster on a website.
   12. DKDC Posted: November 14, 2012 at 02:36 PM (#4302548)
So the Os have one good year, and no one wants to make the "it's the only way someone wearing an Orioles Jersey will be in the World Series anytime soon" joke?

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