The University of Massachusetts does not condone the promotion of gambling, and especially when those promoting it use the school’s trademarked logo without permission.Such is the case with the website UMassPoker.com, a site run by current and former students at UMass-Amherst, where poker players can discuss strategy, learn about local poker games, and read about online poker rooms.
School officials are sending a cease-and-desist letter to the site’s owners."If they don't comply then we go to court," said school spokesman Ed Blaguszewski."The UMass name and logo are university property, and they cannot be used without the university's permission. This Web site is not an appropriate use."
While the site’s operators have not shut down the site completely, they appear to have gotten the message, as the only part of the site still up and running is the message forum.There has been some light discussion of this issue, but other than that and a few posts about local games, there is not much activity on the message board.UMass logos have been removed from the site.
Brett Burdick, a UMass-Amerhest graduate who has served as the site’s moderator for the past year, said that it came as news to him that anyone had a problem with the website."There's sites just like this all over the country on college campuses,” he said.
There is also some question as to the legality of the poker games promoted on the site.Burdick said that he never received any communication from the university about whether or not real money tournaments on-campus were allowed.