Careful before you Tebow, it may cost you.
Yup, that’s right — Tim Tebow’s management group, XV Enterprises LLC, has officially acquired the trademark for ”Tebowing,” the popular prayer pose that swept the country after the then Denver Broncos quarterback lead his team to a handful of fourth-quarter comeback victories last season.
According to ESPN New York’s Jane McManus, Tebow said he doesn’t plan to make any money off the “Tebowing” trademark, but rather, he wants to preserve the integrity of the stance and keep others from profiting off it.
“I know it was something that was cool for me in the past, but it’s not something I do as ‘Tebowing,’” Tebow said. “It’s something I do that’s prayer for me and then it got hyped up as Tebowing. So I think (it’s) just to control how it’s used as well. Make sure it’s used in the right way.”
Tebow applied for the trademark last year, after two other applicants – one, the man who started the website Tebowing.com, the other, the owner of Tebowinggear.com – filed paperwork with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Tebow’s representatives then filed on his behalf and the trademark was awarded after the paperwork went through last week, according to The Associated Press. (The other applicants were denied due to their “false connection[s] to a living individual.” Good call on that).
Tebow was unaware the trademark had officially been awarded when he was interviewed yesterday.
While the backup quarterback will not profit financially from the trademark at this time, in the event he does, all earnings will go to the Tim Tebow Foundation.
People have criticized Tebow for the move, calling him a fraud, but from where I sit, it’s just smart. It’s also highly likely that the move was not only his decision — the kid has two agents, publicists, a manager, and a partridge in a pear tree. Furthermore, if he DOES profit off it and gives the money to his foundation, what’s the problem?
Go ahead, call me a Tebow apologist; I don’t care. But stop me if I am making something up.
Original Source: Nj.com.