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MLB cracking down on merchandise counterfeiters near Trop

Since the Rays won the American League Championship Series, St. Petersburg police have seized more than 500 counterfeit T-shirts and ball caps from street vendors allegedly violating Major League Baseball trademarks. A multi-jurisdictional task force set up in conjunction with Major League Baseball Properties has been enforcing league licensing and other rules including ticket scalping in a clean zone around the periphery of Tropicana Field. In addition to their sellers' not paying royalties, offending garments typically have no MLB hologram logo. Many have cut labels. That means they are factory rejects or irregulars, but sell at full retail. Vendors cited traveled from as far away as Rhode Island. The haul mirrors recent championship series in Denver, Houston and Detroit, but far short of the 92,000 items seized in New York City during a World Series parade in 2000. "We expect more activity in Philadelphia," said Ethan Orlinsky, general counsel for Major League Baseball Properties. "We face so many counterfeiters there in the regular season that we have a standing court order."

MLB cracking down on merchandise counterfeiters near Trop 10/23/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 23, 2008 8:44pm]
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