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North Texas AD Wren Baker preparing cease and desist letter over improper use of ‘Mean Green’

North Texas AD Wren Baker preparing cease and desist letter over improper use of ‘Mean Green’

October 04
01:58 2017

Updated 11:25 a.m.

North Texas athletic director Wren Baker cleared the air Wednesday morning regarding the improper usage of the nickname “Mean Green” by ESPN in reference to Michigan State. Baker said he spoke with officials at both ESPN and Michigan State to address the issue, according to a tweet by Baker.

The issue came to be Tuesday night when ESPN reportedly aired a promotional commercial for this weekend’s Michigan-Michigan State showdown and referred to Michigan State as the “Mean Green”.

After being made aware of the commercial, Baker said he would be sending a cease and desist letter over the improper use of the name “Mean Green”, according to a previous tweet by Baker.

The nickname “Mean Green” is trademarked, and the University of North Texas is the sole owner of distinction for its athletic program.

Baker later confirmed to USA Today late Tuesday night he was sending the cease and desist letter.

The North Texas Daily will update this story with comments from the athletic department Wednesday.

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Matthew Brune

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Matthew Brune is the Senior Sports Writer for the North Texas Daily, covering football and men's basketball.

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