NMSU, Oklahoma State settle mascot fight

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) New Mexico State and Oklahoma State have resolved their dispute over NMSU's use of a pistol-packing mascot similar to the one used by the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State sued in federal court in Oklahoma in October to get NMSU to stop using the mascot sometimes referred to in Las Cruces as ''Classic Aggie.''

Oklahoma State contended the NMSU mascot was ''confusingly similar'' to Oklahoma State's Pistol Pete.

A licensing agreement announced Wednesday will have NMSU pay Oklahoma State $10 a year to be allowed to continue using ''Classic Aggie'' on items sold through the NMSU bookstore.

However, NMSU can sell or give away only 3,000 such items annually.

Also, NMSU can't use the image in connection with its athletic programs or recruitment.

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