A representative for the Washington Redskins has told The Brown Valley Observer that NFL owner Daniel Snyder has filed a series of trademark applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office for the names “Snyders” and “Washington Snyders”.
Snyder, who has owned the Washington Redskins since 1999, has been pressured by advocacy groups for decades to change the team name, which is considered by many to be a derogatory term for indigenous Americans. With minority owners reportedly wanting out of their stakes in the franchise, these trademark filings may signal a white flag and the end of the controversy by giving the Redskins an instantly recognizable and less offensive moniker.
“Dan Snyder is quite well-known regionally, so it should be easy for local fans to become very comfortable and even embrace the Washington Snyders moving forward,” the rep said.
The representative says the team intends to keep the team’s burgundy and gold colors as well as “at least some version the feathered emblem”.
This would not be the first time that a sports franchise was named after the owner. The NBA’s Detroit Pistons were born as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons after owner Fred Zollner. The NFL’s Chicago Bears were originally the Decatur Staleys in 1920 and the Chicago Staleys in 1921 in honor of owner A.E. Staley.
Despite recent failings on the field, the Redskins have been one of the NFL’s most financially successful franchises for years. Only Dallas and New England have profits higher than Washington’s nearly $250 million take.