Last November, we told you about beloved college basketball commentator Bill Raftery and his quest to trademark two of his most famous catchphrases – “ONIONS!” and “WITH A KISS!” – for use on television and apparel.

Well, as of today, those trademarks do indeed belong to Bill Raftery for goods and services relating to “Entertainment in the nature of competitions in the field of athletics; Entertainment in the nature of live performances by college basketball players; Entertainment in the nature of commentary, critique, news, color commentary and synchronous live-action reporting, each in connection with sporting events, namely, basketball games.”

As of 2015, those calls may be the most trademarkable in sports (if that even is a word), right?  We’ve somewhat moved out of the age where every aspiring sportscaster tried to come up with their own trademark phrases.  Now instead of everyone trying to be Bill Raftery or Gus Johnson or Stuart Scott, it seems like the up-and-coming sportscasting crowd is a bit more traditional.  And maybe that’s a good thing because there can be only one Bill Raftery.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to buy Bill Raftery onion-flavored Hershey kisses.  Wait, that sounds like it might just taste terrible…

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