Skip to content

Arkansas granted trademark for “Woo Pig Sooie!” Hog Call

Razorback Stadium 2012

Move over, Texas A&M.  Or, as Forbes.com put it, this is certainly an atypical development.

The business website reported late this past week that, earlier this month, the United States Trademark and Patent Office “granted registration of the [Hog Call] sensory mark to the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas.” Not the words, mind you; the sound.

The sounds contained within the chant — Woooooooo, Pig! Sooie! Woooooooo, Pig! Sooie! Woooooooo, Pig! Sooie! Razorbacks! — are now a registered trademark.

According to Forbes, the university filed for the trademark in July of 2013. As part of its case, UA submitted a video of Razorbacks legend Frank Broyles leading fans in a Hog Call.

 

It’s believed that the trademark for the Hog Call is the first collegiate cheer to be registered.  The school stated in a release that UA sought a trademark in an effort to stop those “seeking to exploit the mark commercially.”

“This registration speaks to the unique characteristics of the Hog Call and its connection with the University of Arkansas,” UA athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement. “These registrations are designed to protect the commercial integrity of a cheer that has been synonymous with the University of Arkansas since the late 1920s.

“To be very clear, these registrations do not apply and in no way prohibit all Razorbacks from calling the hogs as much as they can. Instead, they mark a proactive step to ensure the Hog Call cheer made famous by Razorback fans remains properly affiliated with the University of Arkansas and our great state. We encourage Razorback fans everywhere to call the hogs early and often.”

(Photo credit: Arkansas athletics)

Permalink 8 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Arkansas Razorbacks, Rumor Mill, Southeastern Conference, Top Posts
8 Responses to “Arkansas granted trademark for “Woo Pig Sooie!” Hog Call”
  1. auburntigers34 says: Jul 20, 2014 9:11 PM

    the last time that they called the hogs, Bret Bielema showed up at their door.

  2. musketmaniac says: Jul 20, 2014 10:48 PM

    A very proud day for the entire state of Arkansas.

  3. dryzzt23 says: Jul 21, 2014 10:35 AM

    PC alert! Isn’t “woo pig sooie” offensive to fat people?
    Yes it is, so we should ban this phrase posthaste.

    PFT/NBC should NOT be allowed to sole arbiter of what is PC and what is not. They decided that the term “Redskins” is offensive but “Fighting Irish” and “Woo Pig Sooie” are not.

  4. spreadthecheese says: Jul 21, 2014 12:51 PM

    @dryzztw23:

    As a Notre Dame fan and a person of Irish descent, the difference between Notre Dame’s nickname and the Washington Redskins is that Irish fans love the nickname and aren’t offended by it. If Native Americans object to the nickname, which has a historically racial connotation to it, that should be taken under consideration.

  5. musketmaniac says: Jul 21, 2014 1:16 PM

    Redskin is extremely offensive.

  6. coolhorn46 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:47 PM

    Was there any danger that some other team was gonna “call the hogs”???

  7. markdamack says: Jul 21, 2014 2:48 PM

    dryzzt23 says: Jul 21, 2014 10:35 AM

    PC alert! Isn’t “woo pig sooie” offensive to fat people?
    Yes it is, so we should ban this phrase posthaste.

    PFT/NBC should NOT be allowed to sole arbiter of what is PC and what is not. They decided that the term “Redskins” is offensive but “Fighting Irish” and “Woo Pig Sooie” are not.
    ———————————————————-

    I get where you are going, but you are wrong. “Woo Pig Sooie” was a phrase that hog farmers used to do to call their hogs in to feed. It is not and has never been used reference a person of any stature.

    “Redskins” is a negative word. They aren’t the Fighting Drunk Irishmen, they are the fighting Irish.

  8. onbucky96 says: Jul 21, 2014 8:05 PM

    Just tell me there’s a picture of Bret next to the trademark. I see him, I think Hog. #karma

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!