Appeal Board Cancels “Redskins” Trademark
There’s nothing like seeing your rival handed a humiliating defeat — even deep in the off-season — so this one’s for you Eagles fans: An appeal board has canceled the “Redskins” trademark of the Washington Redskins.
You know. Because it’s racist.
Trademark Judge Karen Kuhlke wrote: “Respondent has introduced evidence that some in the Native American community do not find the term “Redskin” disparaging when it is used in connection with professional football. While this may reveal differing opinions within the community, it does not negate the opinions of those who find it disparaging.”
Deadspin notes: “The cancellation of the Redskins’ trademarks will not have an immediate impact. They will appeal, and be allowed to continue exclusively using the trademark in the meantime. But should the cancellation stand up, there will be nothing on the federal level to stop random schmoes from selling Redskins gear, with logos and all. And that’s to say nothing of the symbolism of the feds deeming the team’s corporate identity unfit for its imprimatur.”(Deadspin)