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Opinion: Redskins should drop 'offensive' name
Wednesday, January 7, 2004

"The NFL has been caught up in some of the 'Age of Terrorism' hysteria, so what better public relations move than to re-name the Redskins the Washington Americans. It’s an easy way to get rid of a REALLY offensive name, let the world know that the Americans play football in the same city as the President, Congress and the Supreme Court and open a nationwide revenue stream for flag-waving citizens to wear the new Americans jersey (and numerous other apparel items). How can you lose?

For Snyder, who tends to pay more for players and coaches no longer with his team, it would be a financial windfall. He’d not only get his cut for the new Americans merchandise, he could continue to satisfy purists by continuing to market the “old Redskins” merchandise – now double the price because it contains the word “Classic” on the inflated price tag."

Get the Story:
John Holler: NFL Should Address Redskins Re-Naming (Jets Confidential 1/6)

Get the Decision:
Pro-Football, Inc. v. Harjo (September 30, 2003)

Recent Decision:
Pro Football Inc. v. Harjo (March 4, 2003)

Patent and Trademark Office Ruling:
Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (1999)

Relevant Links:
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