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Old 06-19-2014, 06:54 AM   #1
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A U.S. government tribunal canceled trademarks of the NFL's Washington Redskins on Wednesday because they disparage Native Americans, setting the stage for a court battle with the team's owner.

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The 2-1 decision by a Patent and Trademark Office administrative tribunal heightens pressure on the Washington club to change its name following decades of criticism by Native Americans and others who say it is a slur.

The franchise said it would appeal the ruling in the case, in which five Native Americans had sought to overturn six Redskins' trademarks.

The Patent Office tribunal found that at least 30 percent of Native Americans found the name "Redskins" disparaging from 1967 to 1990, when the trademarks were registered.

"Petitioners have shown by a preponderance of the evidence that a substantial composite of Native Americans found the term REDSKINS to be disparaging in connection with respondentís services during the relevant time frame," the decision said.
Hmmmm . . . Heap bad news for home team Kemo Sabe

NFL's Redskins' trademarks voided, board says name is a slur | Reuters
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:10 PM   #2
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Ah well, the trademark will still be enforced for, I would say the decade long appeal battle.
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The talking heads on NFL channel on Sirrus were saying this happened a few years ago and was reversed by upper courts . . but you are right . . will drag on for years unless Snyder makes a change.

To me the objectionable part of the name is "Washington" . . not "Redskins", but then I am not an American Indian and would not have the same sensibilities. Could be a boon for sales . . Collectors racing to buy as many Redskins jerseys while they are available . . then when ( if ) the name is changed, rabid fans rushing to buy the new ones with their favs name on it.

Their original name was the Boston Braves , changed in 1933 to honor their coach who was an American Indian. . Kinda ironic that it is now seen as derogatory
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I don't know how it can be a slur when some indian schools on reservations uses the same name for their mascots.
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I wonder if it is all about money. I wonder if there was a threat to get them to pay some indian group x amount like Florida State did or they was going to declare it a slur.
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I would be embarrassed the name washington.

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LOL . . I'd seen that sold all over the world, but never in the U S
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