Rally Top 10
31 , 2003
and the pursuit of money, and more money
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Rally Fighting - and the Great American Past-time
They are fighting in Sturgis, again. And it's about
the usual - money. It's more of a sporting event than
a matter of importance for most onlookers such as
myself. Afterall, watching the rich and power root
around in the ditch it a long-standing American past-time.
the Spoils at the Sturgis Rally
city of Sturgis and the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce
want to make "Sturgis" and "Black Hills"
a trademark so that whenever those words are used
on a product, the city gets a kickback, or I believe
the legal way it is described is as a licensing fee.
It's supposed to apply only to the Sturgis Rally.
I'm no taking a position on it.
Except of course as an observer watching the fighting
and backstabbing for the money. The city reportedly
could take in hundreds of thousands of dollars if
they can get part of the take for using those words
on products during the rally.
Bikers ultimately get stuck with the Higher Costs
at one point this winter some of the businesses in
Sturgis were putting up protest signs in the windows
to attack the move toward trademarking "Sturgis"
and "Black Hills". Ultimately I supposed
the cost of stuff with those words on them would go
up slightly as the cost is transferred to the buyer.
And ultimately, I supposed the number of retailers
or manufacturers trying to break the law and not pay
the licensing fee would go up as they tried to cheat
and make more money. But then, that is also part of
the Sturgis Rally culture.
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