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So the scene I am currently writing takes place at the Superbowl.  The story is not about football.  That's just the location of this scene.  Obviously it's better if it's not team A vs. team B.  To add some flavor it would be better to pick two real teams, which might just happen to be ones I'd like to see in the Superbowl.  So the question is: Do I need permission to use names of NFL teams in this way? I can avoid naming players, given the intent of the scene.  Thanks to anyone who knows the answer.
 

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You do not need permission.
 

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Thank you.
 

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Just make sure it is one team from the NFC and one team from the AFC. Football people will go bonkers if you have a scene that is supposed to be the Super Bowl, but choose two teams from the same conference. I'd pick Chicago vs. Denver, but that's just because they are my two favorite teams.  ;D
 

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You know what -- you should pick the two worst teams. :D  Maybe Detroit of Philadelphia against Kansas City or Jacksonville. ::)
 

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Dan C. Rinnert said:
Detroit of Philadelphia? I knew things in Detroit were bad, but not so bad that they went to another city to dodge creditors. ;)
I guess it's sort if like Miami of Ohio. "I have good news and bad news... the good news is we're going to Miami!"
 

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I'm thinkin' Phillie and Kansas.  I'm from the phila area and all my inlaws are season ticket holders in Kansas.  My fictional Superbowl is probably the closest either of us will get in my lifetime.
 

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Go RAIDERS!

The way they're going, the only way they're ever going to see another Superbowl is in fiction.
 

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Dan C. Rinnert said:
Detroit of Philadelphia? I knew things in Detroit were bad, but not so bad that they went to another city to dodge creditors. ;)
Yeah. . . unfortunately they picked Philadelphia. :eek:

(Imagine the original "f" is really an "r". ::) )
 

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I'd pick the two teams with the biggest fan base, because you'll increase your chances of drawing a reader that way. Pittsburgh and Dallas.
 

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New York people might argue with that assessment. . . . . :D

One could also argue that, while Dallas and Pittsbugh have large local fan bases, in other parts of the country they have the largest anti-fan base. ::)
 

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vrabinec said:
Maybe Dallas, but EVERYBODY loves my Steelers. 8)
Yep...our Steelers are really popular with the locals in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Oakland, Baltimore and Dallas in particular :eek:
Never thought it possible that a single team could have so many arch-rivals and be despised by the majority of the population of at least 5 other cities...
 

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As long as you use the Texans, I won't complain.
 

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vrabinec said:
I'd pick the two teams with the biggest fan base, because you'll increase your chances of drawing a reader that way. Pittsburgh and Dallas.
Like the movie Black Sunday back in 1976...used footage from Super Bowl X, Pittsburgh vs. Dallas. Don't know if Thomas Harris used those same two teams in the book though.
 

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Front running isn't easy, and that is why there are so many 'fans' of Pittsburgh and Dallas. It all started in the 70's when they were the two dominant teams in the NFL and people all over the country jumped on board. And then, through bad parenting, the fandom was passed from father to son.

Much like Scientology.
 

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Denver Bronco fans hate the Steelers, too - just not as much as they hate the Raiders.

I am writing a series starring an aging major league outfielder. I set the first one (Suicide Squeeze) in Boston, because Red Sox fans are so passionate about their team. I haven't decided the setting for the next one; I may have him playing for the Cubs, Yankees, or Dodgers.

I totally fictionalized all the players in the story. However, I referred to several former players by their actual names and characteristics. I also use real places (stadium and street names, etc).

Good luck with your story!
 

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I'd so include Green Bay Packers, as they are a good "few people hate them" team. And writing about a Clay Matthews sack would add some flavor :) But, you could also just keep it Team A and team be until we find out who is in this year's super bowl. And you also know that the superbowl doesn't happen in the home stadium of either team, right? It's usually some place warm.

For a real twist, you could set it at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, so everyone's favorite team is represented there. :)
 
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