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Michigan State and ESPN in trouble with something called “Mean Green”

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Apparently, ESPN used the term “Mean Green” yesterday to describe the Michigan State Spartans in a TV promo for the Michigan-Michigan State game this Saturday. And now, according to USA Today, the University of North Texas is taking legal action against both.

All University of North Texas teams are officially called “Mean Green” and the term is trademarked. And Pittsburgh Steelers legend Mean Joe Greene played there, but the school says that’s not why they’re called “Mean Green”.

And oh, yeah. Their mascot is named “Scrappy the Eagle”, because they used to be called the Eagles and…oh, never mind.

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