Colts, Texas A&M settle trademark dispute over ’12th Man’

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Colts fans cheer on the team at Lucas Oil Stadium.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 18, 2016) – The “12th Man’’ will be leaving the Indianapolis Colts’ Ring of Honor, but in name only.

As part of a settlement with Texas A&M, which has owned the “12th Man’’ trademark since 1990, the Colts have agreed to take down that specific designation from its Ring of Honor at Lucas Oil Stadium.

However, the team will replace the “12th Man’’ with another phrase to recognize its fan base. The “12th Man’’ was added to the Ring of Honor in 2007.

“We will not be using the phrase in any marketing or promotional manner moving forward,’’ chief operating officer Pete Ward said Thursday. “That includes the Ring of Honor.

“We’re going to change it. We haven’t finalized that yet.’’

The original “12th Man’’ designation, Ward added, “was in recognition of our fans. We will change the phrase.’’

Texas A&M filed suit against the Colts in November, noting it had established a “12th Man’’ trademark in 1990. The team must make the Ring of Honor change prior to Aug. 15.

The Colts decided fighting the lawsuit “wasn’t worth the battle for us,’’ Ward said.

In a statement released Wednesday, Texas A&M said the lawsuit “has been settled amicably and with good will.’’