A betting favorite has emerged, replacing "Redskins" as the new name for Washington's NFL franchise. Although the alternative is already registered as a brand, there is some good news for team owner Dan Snyder: he can have it for free.
Martin McCaulay, a 61-year-old actuary from Alexandria, Virginia, has been registering alternatives for the Washington football team as a hobby for six years. His current brands include the name "Redtails", which is the first choice for online bookmakers, including BetOnline.ag, which sets the odds to 3 to 1.
In addition, the team's starting quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, has expressed support for "Redtails", nicknamed the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American pilots who flew 1,578 combat missions for the U.S. Army Air Force to three distinguished during World War II Unit Citations.
A betting favorite has emerged, replacing "Redskins" as the new name for Washington's NFL club. Although the alternative is already registered as a brand, there is some good news for team owner Dan Snyder (right): it's free. Martin McCaulay (left), a 61-year-old from Alexandria, Virginia, has been registering alternatives for the Washington football team as a hobby for six years. Now he is ready to hand over the brand to a new team name
Fans and graphic designers have proposed a number of new names and team logos
The Tuskegee Airmen flew 1,578 combat missions for the U.S. Army Air Forces on the way to three Distinguished Unit Citations during World War II. Now her nickname, the "Redtails", is the betting favorite to become the new name for Washington's NFL team
Benjamin Oliver Davis Jr. checks his cadets while they stand out at the flight school in Tuskegee, Alabama, March 1942. Captain Davis led the Air Corps' 99th Chase Squadron, the first American all-black combat pilot unit: the Tuskegee Airmen
But McCaulay, an occasional fan who wasn't contacted by the team, doesn't try to sell Snyder a new name. Rather, he hopes to take account of the Redskins change that was officially dropped Monday after decades of criticism from Indians and civil rights groups who believed he was offensive to Indians.
"Don't let me stand in your way if you change the name in 2020," McCaulay told the Daily Mail. “People have tried for decades to get them to change the name. If I can make it easier for you to change the name because you have to do it quickly, I'm happy to help you do everything I can. & # 39;
It is only two weeks until the training camp begins, and it can take over a year to mark a new team name. Getting a response to a trademark application itself can take three months, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website.
The good news for the NFL club is that it doesn't have to have a registered trademark before choosing a new name. Trademark rights result from the lawful use of the trademark.
Martin McCaulay already has several brands for Washington's potential new name
McCaulay has trademarked four possible alternate names for the NFL team in Washington, including the favorite redtail
Fans can bet $ 100 on Washington Red Tails on Bovada's line to win a $ 275 profit
McCaulay positioned his trademarks on Twitter as the easiest solution for Snyder's team
"Brand rights are based on the public use of the brand – what we call" use of the brand in retail ", Atlanta-based trademark attorney David Lilenfeld told the Daily Mail.
"As soon as (a team puts goods on their website) and they are for sale, this is a brand," he added.
According to the Sports Business Journal, which first reported the name change last week, the club's search for a new nickname has been delayed due to branding problems.
This could suggest that the team is addressing "Red Wolves," a popular social media proposal currently used by Arkansas State University and a small league soccer team in Chattanooga. A head boy did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail's request for comment. (McCaulay has a Washington Red Wolves trademark, but only for football and not for clothing)
McCaulay previously contacted the Redskins, but told the Daily Mail that the team had not responded to his letters.
But if Snyder wanted to contest McCaulay's trademark for "Redtails" or any of his other three registered names, they would easily win the lawsuit as long as the team showed intent to use the trademark in question.
"You can only apply for these names and you don't have to tell me," he said.
Former star of the Ohio State Buckeyes and current Washington QB Dwayne Haskins likes & # 39; redtails & # 39;
McCaulay is not a brand tamper – someone who registers a brand without intending to use it, hoping to sell it to a person or company who does so.
Rather, he started registering alternative names for the Redskins in 2014 and did online retail sales related to these brands to strengthen his legal position.
If Snyder plans to adopt Red Wolves, he may face resistance from a Chattanooga-based minor league soccer team
"Six years ago there was a lot of speculation that the team would have to change their name," said McCaulay, who never referred to the club by his previous name but used the word "R" instead.
Some people have started requesting joke names, such as "Washington Redskin Potatoes" or "Washington Red Spears". So I did that too. I applied for "Washington Pigskins". & # 39;
McCaulay initially planned to sell Pigskin goods.
I went out and bought 100 coffee cups labeled "Washington Pigskins". And I took a photo and offered it for sale on the Internet. And I applied for registration for "Washington Pigskins" for coffee cups. & # 39;
This caught the attention of the NFL league office.
"Your trademark attorneys sent me a letter saying," We found that you are trying to register "Washington Pigskins," which is very similar to the name of our Washington football team, but we will allow it. "
The state name of Arkansas is also Red Wolves, which could be a problem for Snyder
That only motivated McCaulay, who started registering more potential names.
But over the years, his motivation to use these brands for commercial purposes began to wane. McCaulay donated his Washington Pigskins mug to charity and intended to expire his registrations.
McCaulay has a trademark for "Washington Red Wolves" but would give it up if asked by the team
Then, amid nationwide anti-racism protests after George Floyd's murder, there were repeated calls to the Redskins to change their name.
Online bookmakers soon began offering bets on the team's new name, which caught McCaulay's attention.
"(My brands) had not expired yet, so I was interested again, especially after seeing people who had bet on the new name," he said. "I looked at the names that people were betting on and many of those names were mine – names that I registered as a brand in 2015."
McCaulay renewed its brands, applied for a few more, and currently has 14 for soccer teams and apparel, mainly related to four names: Washington Redtails, Washington Red Hawks, Washington Americans, and Washington Renegades.
Since he no longer sells goods and his football season under the flag of redtails has been canceled due to coronavirus, McCaulay is no longer legally entitled to the brands, so Snyder would easily win any challenge.
And, as McCaulay explained, there would be no challenge from him.
"You can contact me and say" We want to use your brands "and I would say" OK, what do you need? "He said." Should I cancel it? Sign an agreement? "
Retired U.S. Air Force colonel Charles McGee (center), an excellent three-war veteran, is congratulated on his 100th birthday in Dover, Delaware after visiting 436 Air Force Squadron employees at Dover Air Force Base To celebrate December 6, 2019
The Cadets of the & # 39; Negro Training Center & # 39; examine a card before taking off for a training exercise with a biplane. The pilots later became known as "Tuskegee Airmen". The Cadets are (from left to right): Lieutenant John Daniels from Chicago, Cadet Clayborne Lockett from Los Angeles, Cadet Lawrence O & # 39; Clark from Chicago, Cadet William Melton from Los Angeles, and civilian teacher Milton Crenshaw from Little Rock
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