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Clarification of Rules for Baseball Design Competition

Clarification of Official Rule 21:

21. Designs must not include depictions, names, emblems, logos, trademarks or other intellectual property associated with any specific commercial, private, educational, civic, religious, sports, or other organizations whose membership or ownership is not universal, including any current or former baseball team, either professional or amateur.

As Official Rule 21 rule states, the design restrictions found in the rule apply to any organizations described in the rule—including the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball®, and any past or present sports organizations.  By way of examples, your design must not include any reference to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, such as its name as an inscription, images of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum building and grounds, or any other text or symbol associated with the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 

For entrants who have already submitted designs, they may revise their submissions to comply with this rule until the Competition submission period ends no later than May 11, 2013, at noon Eastern Daylight Time.

The purpose for this rule is to uphold the longstanding policy of the United States Government to refrain from implying in any manner that the Government endorses or favors any specific commercial or private organization, unless expressly authorized by Federal statute.  Some commemorative coin laws have expressly authorized or required a design that is emblematic of a private organization (e.g., Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, Public Law 110-363, section 4(a)(1); Girl Scouts USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, Public Law 111-86, section 4(a)(1)).  However, the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, Public Law 112-152, section 4(c)(1), merely specifies that the common obverse for the coins of this program be “emblematic of the game of baseball.”

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