Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, did not want to enter the debate concerning the Washington Redskins, but we do not always get what we want. Jones’ main NFC East rival received a blow on Wednesday when the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office decided to strip trademark protection for the team based on the idea that their name is a racial slur. It is always interesting when the government gets involved in business interests and most especially when it circles an issue like race.
Jones dodged the heart of the subject, but he did make a comment about how a franchise in that situation would be able to promote themselves.
“As far as the big debate that’s going on, I don’t have any statement on that,” Jones said to USA TODAY Sports. “But as far as having team marks that aren’t protected, that’s a disadvantage. That would be one of the things that you’d consider if you’re going to do everything that you could to promote the franchise, to promote that name. If you didn’t have exclusive use of that name, then that would be a deterrent to using it.”
The owner brings up some interesting points, although it must be considered that the Washington football team is appealing the decision.
They are allowed to use their trademark while the appeal is in process, but I am hoping that this is the first sign that big changes are coming. From this former DMV native’s point of view, does the Washington Generals really sound all that bad?