JOSEPH WHITE, The Associated Press
Last updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 12:11 PM
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 11:21 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal trademark board ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans” and that the team’s trademark protections should be canceled, a decision that applies new financial and political pressure on the team to change its name.
The 2-1 ruling from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board came in a case that has been working its way through legal channels for more than two decades. It doesn’t force the team to abandon the name, but it comes at a time of increasing criticism of team owner Dan Snyder from political, religious and sports figures who say it’s time for a change.
The Redskins quickly announced that they will appeal, and the cancellation for trademark protections will be on hold while the matter makes its way through the courts. That process could take years.
It was the second time the board had issued an opinion on the case. A similar ruling from 1999 was overturned on a technicality in 2003.
WHAT’S IN A NAME? by D.F. Howard©June 2014
What’s all the hub-bub about the NFL trying to force a name change on the owners of the Washington Redskins? Who exactly is running this Bull Shit attempt at “Political Correctness”; all in the name of racism? The last time I checked in on America~ we are still a free country, with a Constitutional right of Free Speech under the First Amendment! Okay, so let’s forget all that for a minute and instead think about who exactly is trying to “wag the dog” here as well as their reasons for it because we really all know that it is the radical left wing of our Federal Government! Come to think of it, never mind; my original question for now & instead let’s just try these scenarios on for size. ~ dfh
Many, not the majority, but many~ Native Americans don’t like…
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