If you’re a high school, college or university and you want a colored football field, you’re going to have to first deal with Boise State.
Sam Fortier of the New York Times reports Boise State has the odd veto power to nix any attempt to make a football field a non-green color. Because of a trademark, the university has the right to prohibit other teams whenever it chooses. It’s not easy being green.
Boise State’s had blue turf since 1986. Thankfully, they’re not in the business of screwing teams over looking to add a splash of color to their football field. The application doesn’t cost anything. The University will approve requests “as long as it doesn’t prevent Boise State from getting the best students and the best student-athletes that we’re looking for,” whatever that means.
Trademark experts told the New York Times the trademark could be defeated if a school wanted a non-blue or non-green field. A challenge hasn’t yet happened. But, it’s easy to see why Boise State is open to approving colored fields. They don’t want to lose the right to a blue football field and will allow requests from others in order to keep the ability.
It doesn’t seem right Boise State has decent power and say for something affecting multiple schools, but they filed a trademark, which despite being called “a stretch” legally by experts, gives them the power to do so. It’s strange.