Redneck Olympics

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 10:30am

Promoters told to stop calling its Games the "Redneck Olympics."

While rednecks hit the mud in Hebron over the weekend members of the US Olympic Committee raised an eyebrow.

The promoter of the Redneck Olympics, Harold Brooks, says he was called by the Olympic Legal Department on Monday and was told to not use the word Olympic.

The Olympic Committee owns the exclusive rights to the symbols and words associated with the Olympics.

The Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act of 1978 gave the committee the exclusive rights.

A representative from the US Olympic Committee says Brooks was asked to use a different name the next time he holds an event. If the word Olympic is used again Brooks could face legal action.

Meanwhile Harold Brooks thinks it is wrong for an organization to own a word and he plans to use it again next year.

The US Olympic Committee says licensing out the rights to the Olympic symbols and words is what pays for training and resources for Team USA.
 

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