The legal battle of the Washington Redskins nickname has no end in sight. The name has been around forever, but that doesn’t justify the fact that Native Americans are highly offended by it. Earlier today, a federal judge ordered the cancellation of the federal trademark of the team’s name. It may not be today or tomorrow, but you slowly start to get the feeling that team name will change soon enough.
The Washington Redskins lost their biggest legal and public relations battle yet in the war over their name after a federal judge in Northern Virginia on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of the NFL team’s federal trademark registrations, which have been opposed for decades by many Native Americans who feel the moniker disparages their race.
The cancellation doesn’t go into effect until the Redskins have exhausted the appeals process in the federal court system. But even if the Redskins ultimately take the case to the Supreme Court and lose, the team can still use “Redskins” and seek trademark protections under state law. The team has argued, however, that a cancellation of its trademarks could taint its brand and remove legal benefits that would protect against copycat entrepreneurs.
H/T: Washington Post