FLORIDA TODAY reports that the minor league baseball Ft. Myers Miracle got a legal beatdown last night from the Univ. of Florida for a proposed promotion using Tim Tebow’s name:
(Maybe he was upset @ the blowup dolls for staged, awkward internet photos)
The university e-mailed the Miracle a “cease and desist” letter, received at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, concerning “What Would Tim Tebow Do Night.” The promotion had been on the Class A Minnesota Twins’ affiliate’s schedule since the season began in April.
“Under NCAA rules, it is not permissible to use the name or picture of a student-athlete in the promotion of a commercial product or service,” said the letter, written by Florida senior associate athletic director Jamie McCloskey and copied to Florida coach Urban Meyer. “Failure to abide by this rule would result in the student-athlete being ruled ineligible.”
That’ll show ‘em, if anyone is going to make money off Tebow, it’s the UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA SUCKIT.
Inserting the name of Tebow, a devout Christian, in the place of Jesus — from the popular saying What Would Jesus Do? — wasn’t meant to be malicious, said Gary Sharp, the Miracle’s director of promotions.
“We’re not mocking Tim Tebow,” said Sharp.
A local resident that shares the same name as Tebow will attempt to walk on water during the game, and a Southwest Florida faith healer will be present to cure all illness or batting slumps. … Fans entering the ballpark will receive a promise ring to remind them that Tebow is saving himself for marriage. Gatorade prices also will be reduced.
Oh yeah, nothing mocking about that.
I just can’t believe the crack Miracle promotion staff didn’t think to haul in some underage Filipinos for circumcisions by unlicensed doctors. I hear Dr. Conrad Murray is available.