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Texas A&M and Seattle Seahawks Settle 12th Man Dispute

The Aggies and Seahawks have settled their suit over the use of the “12th Man” moniker.

The fight over the “12th Man” is over and both Texas A&M University and the Seattle Seahawks will be able to use the phrase. The university and the Seahawks said Monday they had reached a deal settling the university’s lawsuit over the phrase reserved for fans.

As part of the agreement, the Seahawks acknowledge Texas A&M’s ownership rights of the trademarked phrase. However, the NFL team may continue using it under license. Neither side admitted any fault or liability.

The Aggies hold a federal trademark rights to the phrase “12th Man.” They wanted to halt Seattle from using the “12th Man” phrase earlier this year. In February, the university filed a lawsuit in Brazos County over the Seahawks use of the trademark. Days before Seattle faced the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl, a restraining order was issued calling on the Seahawks to halt any usage of “12th Man,” or “12th Mania.”

Origins of the term “12th man” aren’t exactly clear, but the traditions in Seattle and College Station date back decades.

Related: Texas A&M Angry Seattle Seahawks Fans Called ‘12th Man’

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