Sports Headlines - June 19

Redskins franchise tag cancelled on all but current team logo

In one of the most significant moves to put pressure on the Washington Redskins franchise to change the team’s mascot, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled the team’s trademarks on the basis that is “disparaging to Native Americans.”

The Trademark Trial and Appeal board voted 2-1 yesterday and an independent tribunal within the USPTO wrote that it was charged with determining only whether the trademark was offensive to the people it referenced, not the entire U.S. population. Five Native Americans, representing four tribes, brought the case against the league in 2006.

Although the Redskins name and past logos are involved in the decision, the trademarks that were cancelled do not include the current Redskins logo.

The NFL, nor team owner Daniel Snyder is being forced to change the name, but trademarks registered between 1967 and 1990 will no longer be protected under federal law if the NFL and the Redskins lose an appeal to the U.S. District Court.

Trademark attorneys will appeal the ruling and are confident the court will overturn it. Until then, the team’s trademark registrations will remain valid.

DeMarcus Lawrence signing finishes out class of 2014 recruits

The Dallas Cowboys’ draft class is all signed, sealed and ready to play after the signing of DeMarcus Lawrence yesterday.

The second-round pick signed a four-year deal with the Cowboys yesterday morning, becoming the final member of the nine-player class to come to terms. First-round pick Zack Martin signed on Monday.

In two seasons at Boise State, Lawrence had 20 sacks and 34 tackles for loss, and the Cowboys hope he can grow into a premium pass-rusher on a defense that needs pass-rushing help. He has taken most of the first-team reps at right defensive end since the rookie minicamp.

Spain, defending World Cup champs knocked out with loss to Chile

The defending champions of the World Cup have officially been eliminated from their chance at a repeat, after Chile beat Spain 2-0 yesterday in Group B play.

Spain lost 5-1 on Friday to the Netherlands and needed the win yesterday to still have a chance at advancing from the group.

Chile delivered both goals in yesterday’s match before halftime.  They will play the Netherlands on Monday.


Scott O'Brien