University of Kentucky: Stop selling Anthony Davis 'wingspan' posters

gkocher1@herald-leader.comFebruary 9, 2012 

If you're trying to sell one of those Anthony Davis "wingspan" posters on an Internet auction site or anywhere else, the University of Kentucky has a message for you.

Stop it.

The university is "in the process" of issuing cease-and-desist orders to people attempting to sell the popular posters that depict the shot-blocking forward with his arms outstretched over 10 basketballs, UK spokesman Jay Blanton said Thursday.

Blanton and UK Athletics spokesman DeWayne Peevy weren't certain Thursday whether cease-and-desist orders have gone out. But Peevy said it is typical for UK to do so.

"As a normal procedure, any materials, T-shirts, memorabilia, things like that that involve current student-athletes, it's a normal process for us to send a cease-and-desist letter to something that's in public," Peevy said.

No doubt about it, the 30,000 posters were an immediate hit.

Even ESPN sportscaster Dick Vitale begged someone on the air to get him a poster. When Vitale finally got his hands on one, he displayed it during the broadcast.

By Wednesday, the asking price for a poster was $150 on eBay, the Internet auction site. Most of the auctions mentioned Davis by name. Some said the poster is destined to be a collector's item, encouraging bidders to snag the poster now before Davis blossomed into an NBA star.

UK has a problem when someone tries to profit from the sale of an athlete's image.

"We have to do everything we can to prevent someone from making a profit off of an amateur student-athlete's image or name," Peevy said. "And so if somebody puts something on eBay or sells it in a store, our normal process is a cease-and-desist letter."

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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