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Can I use NCAA/College logos for a recruiting service? Not for merchandise sales.

Sacramento, CA |

I will be starting an athlete recruiting service and would like to use NCAA/College logo's on the website representing a potential end goal....which is going to college.

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  1. With NCAA and university permission, yes.

  2. Q:"Can I use NCAA/College logos for a recruiting service?"
    R: Only if you acquire a license from the NCAA -- or the relevant college. You and your own attorney should contact the Collegiate Licensing Company [ ].

    The above response is general information ONLY and is not legal advice, does not form an attorney-client relationship, and should NOT be relied upon to take or refrain from taking any action. I am not your attorney. You should seek the advice of competent counsel before taking any action related to your inquiry.

  3. Regardless of whether you are using another's logo to sell goods or services, you cannot do so without that party's consent. The NCAA's or any other college's logo is a trademark, which identifies and distinguishes their goods/services from another. Placing the NCAA's logo or any other college's logo on your recruiting service website gives the public the impression that you are in some sort of relationship with the NCAA/college or that it is endorsing your services. This cannot be done without acquiring consent and entering into a licensing agreement, which will lay out the terms of use by another for the intellectual property.

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  4. Q:"Can I use NCAA/College logos for a recruiting service? Not for merchandise sales."
    A: Yes, provided you want to take a legal risk. How large is the risK is what you really want to know, I suppose. That requires you to consult with an experienced IP attorney or licensing attorney. The NCAA is not typically as aggressive as the NFL, and seems to concentrate more on athletic paraphernalia and to give recruiters a lot of leeway. Look for years of experience and pick an attorney that doesn't just say "not legally" without answering your question as to whether you can. In Sacremento, you might contact Scott Pink or Stephen Davis

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