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NT Falcons Forced to Suspend Season

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The North Texas Falcons' former logo, which the NFL found too similar to Atlanta's The North Texas Falcons' former logo, which the NFL found too similar to Atlanta's
The Falcons' new logo, which will be used starting next season The Falcons' new logo, which will be used starting next season

The North Texas Falcons have been forced to end their 2013 season early due to a copyright claim from the National Football League.

The league sent owner Boyd Branch a "cease and desist" letter asking them to stop using their logo, which the league argued was too similar to the Atlanta Falcons' logo.

Branch told Newschannel 6 his team had made changes to the original logo in an attempt to satisfy the NFL's rules mandating a 20% difference, but the league disagreed.

The Falcons have designed a new logo and found a sponsor to make and apply the new logos, but Branch said they simply did not have the time and money to remake their jerseys and helmets in such a short time frame, leading to the cancellation of the rest of the season.

He said it was a difficult decision, but their only choice.

"It's tough for the players. They're the ones that gear up every week, and they get excited for game time," Branch said. "And as an owner you have that responsibility of playing in a league. They count on you to show up every week, or to host, so it's a loss for everyone."

Branch said the Xclusive Football League told him they understand the situation and the team will be welcome to return next season.

But they will be returning with a new owner. Boyd Branch said he will take this opportunity to retire and hand over the reins to his son, Trent Branch.

Branch said he had planned to retire before this season but a deal to lease out the team fell through and he came back for one more year.

"I was at retirement last year," the elder Branch said. "This is a good opportunity for me to retire and let someone new take over the team.

The elder Branch said his son does not have much business experience but has the support of his teammates.

"He's just totally stepping in. He knows the game very well, he's got a great following. He's got a good rapport with his teammates."

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