Augusta trademarks Jim Nantz's 'a tradition unlike any other' phrase

According to ESPN, Augusta National has filed two trademarks last fall for the phrase Jim Nantz has uttered for years about the Masters. It's a phrase we all know and all say to each other leading up to the tournament.

"A tradition unlike any other."

Augusta National owns the rights to anything said on either the ESPN or CBS broadcasts, both of which Nantz works on.

Nantz' agent Sandy Montag told ESPN.com on Thursday that, to his knowledge, his client was not aware that the club had registered for the mark, but that it presented no issue.

"It's the same language in every contract," Montag said. "Whatever work you do for the network is owned by the network, not you."

The club has thrown the phrase on a T-shirt this year which it is selling in merchandise tents.

'A tradition unlike any other' shirt sold at Augusta. (CBS Sports)
'A tradition unlike any other' shirt sold at Augusta. (CBS Sports)

Jim Nantz has coined one of the most famous golf phrases ever. (Getty Images)
Jim Nantz has coined one of the most famous golf phrases ever. (Getty Images)

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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