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An American man has filed dozens of trademark claims for new franchise names that the former Washington Redskins could potentially adopt.
The three-time Super Bowl champions officially retired the team's 87-year-old name and logo following mounting pressure from the public, as well as corporate sponsors and retailers, regarding issues with its racial undertones.
However, Washington owner Dan Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera's idea to "develop a new name and design" has hit a stumbling block.
And that stumbling block comes in the form of Martin McCaulay.
Why don't the Redskins have a new nickname planned yet? Probably because some realtor in Alexandria beat them to the punch and trademarked every single possible new Redskins nickname. Well, played sir. pic.twitter.com/0an4apXaZy
- Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) July 13, 2020
According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office's database, Virginia native McCaulay has filed numerous trademark claims of names that Washington would potentially consider adopting.
The list of nicknames include the 'Washington Red Wolves', 'Washington Redtails', 'Washington Monuments', 'Washington Americans' and 'Washington Veterans'.
While one would assume that the business-savvy realtor was planning on selling the names to Washington in the long run, McCaulay told CBS News that he wants to "give them to the NFL for free to facilitate the name change".
I think ten days of offering to give the NFL my trademarks for free is enough. My new answer will be something vague like I never expected anything but I will entertain any offer they want to make.
- Martin McCaulay (@MartinMcCaulay) July 14, 2020
It's understood that squatting on trademarks is something McCauley is passionate about with some reports suggesting he's spent over US$20,000 already on his Washington nickname project alone.
After news broke of McCauley's fast-thinking acts, the Department of Energy actuary took to Twitter to share his thoughts.
"I think ten days of offering to give the NFL my trademarks for free is enough," he said.
"My new answer will be something vague like I never expected anything but I will entertain any offer they want to make."
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