Feds cut 'Redskins' trademark; alternate names suggested
Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) and head coach Mike Shanahan walk on the sidelines during the game against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Image by Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Washington, D.C.'s NFL franchise has been called the Redskins since the 1930s, before the team was located in the nation's capital. However, there has been a long campaign to change the name due to what many consider a negative connotation towards Native Americans.
While the Redskins name and past logos are involved, the trademarks that were canceled do not include the current Redskins logo.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) June 18, 2014
Now, the federal government has gotten involved with the name, revoking the trademark because it is "disparaging to Native Americans."
The Redskins will appeal, according to their Twitter account.
Raskopf: Today’s ruling will have no effect at all on team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name & logo. pic.twitter.com/LF22aDlN62— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) June 18, 2014
Apparently, according to an Associated Press writer, the Redskins' ownership knew this was coming.
Dan Snyder trademarked "Washington Warriors" a year after this suit was filed, so it's not like this wasn't anticipated.— Barry Petchesky (@barryap1) June 18, 2014
Fans, journalists and others came up with some amusing alternate options, some connected to the team's name/colors, some to the political nature of the city.
Washington Red Tapes, obviously— Juliet Lapidos (@julietlapidos) June 18, 2014
The Washington Shutdowns.— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) June 18, 2014
As a way of honoring their noble fighting spirit in the face of defeat, the team will be renamed the Washington Trademark Defense Attorneys.— Charles (@Ugarles) June 18, 2014
A new Washington football identity, perfect for DC, even more pejorative than "Redskins;" pic.twitter.com/VD1f7FKY1I— Todd Radom (@ToddRadom) June 18, 2014