NFL Owns Right to Who Dat?

Who Dat?

The phrase is as New Orleans as gumbo, jambalaya, and cafe au lait. According to the Wikipedia entry, the phrase “Who Dat?” has been around since the vaudeville acts of the late 1800’s and was a common phrase in jazz and blues music in the 1920’s.

In the 1980’s, “Who Dat” became popularized as part of a chant used by Saints fans to support their team. Aaron Neville recorded a version of “When the Saints Go Marching In” mixed in with the Saints Who Dat chant. Saints fans now call themselves the Who Dats and Who Dat is a common greeting amongst Saints fans.

Now, the NFL wants to trademark the chant and are enforcing copyright infringement laws to local shirt owners who use Who Dat.

Read La. Senator David Vitter’s open letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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One Response to “NFL Owns Right to Who Dat?”

  1. Lisa George says:

    You’ve got to be kidding me! Who Dat is a phrase
    “owned” by all Saints fans. The NFL and all others who dissed the Saints for all these years are out of their minds. I challenge the NFL to produce one item with the “WHO DAT” phrase on it prior to this Saints season.
    I’ve shopped for and purchased many NFL products with the Saints in mind. NEVER have I seen this phrase on any merchandise sold by the NFL. Boycott any product the NFL releases with this phrase. What a shame that the NFL would claim rights to this. Many locally owned businesses from NOLA and other places along our beautiful gulf coast would suffer if the NFL were to gain rights to this phrase. Someone needs to look out for our other “SAINTS” phrases– Bless you Boys, Cha-Ching, etc. – from a life long Saints Fan

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