"Super Bowl" is a Registered Mark--Don't Use in Commercials or Promotions Without Permission

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As we have advised before in both 2009 and 2010, "Super Bowl" is a registered trademark belonging to the NFL, and they will aggressively enforce their trademark rights against any station that attempts to use this term in connection with advertising or promotional matter of any kind, including ticket giveaways, if not specifically authorized by the NFL. You are free to use trademark protected terms like "Super Bowl" in news stories or noncommercial discussions about the event under a concept known as "nominative fair use," but use of trademarked terms in a commercial context crosses the line from acceptable to unacceptable use.

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