Winners, Losers in the Olympic Contest With AM-Olympic Restaurant, Bjt
Undated (AP) _ The United States Olympic Committee was given exclusive use of the word ″Olympic,″ along with its marks and insignias, by the 1978 Amateur Sports Act.
The trademark privilege helps the USOC, which receives no government funding, to raise money for American athletes, said USOC spokesman Mike Moran.
In a 1987 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld that right by blocking organizers of a gay athletic event from calling it the Gay Olympics.
Nevertheless, New York City’s phone books are filled with businesses waving the Olympic banner - nearly 100 in all. Although the USOC sends out 40,000 warning letters annually, some folks are going about their business anyway.
- The Olympic Camera and Video Labs has operated in Queens for 25 years and ignored a letter it received about five years ago, said owner Andrew Georgiiu.
- At the Olympic Locksmiths in Brooklyn, the owner dismissed the USOC with an obscenity before hanging up the phone.
- The Olympic Restaurant in the Bronx has been in business for 20 years. ″Maybe we are next. Who knows?″ wondered owner Tony Manikis.
- At the Olympic Deli in Manhattan, the owner laughed when asked if he’d ever heard from the USOC. ″Twenty-seven years we’ve been in business - same name,″ said Peter, who would not give his last name.