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NBA EXPANSION UPDATE: GRIZZLIES SWIPE AT TRADEMARK HASSLE
Published September 16, 1994
In Vancouver, Mike Beamish examines of the trademark battle over the franchise's name. Grizzlies owner Arthur Griffiths applied for the trademark on June 30; attorney Keith Spencer, who specializes in trademark registration, applied for rights on June 13. Griffiths' group was unaware of the rival application until a few days before the August 11 unveiling of the name and logo. When Griffiths' people found out, Spencer "delivered his ransom note": 11 Grizzlies T-shirts, 11 autographed basketballs and four season tickets as a "goodwill gesture in relinquishing his group's application." Griffiths' people refused. Spencer has since signed over his pending trademark application to another attorney for the sum of C$1 (VANCOUVER SUN, 9/15). TICKET-PRICES: The Grizzlies "non-premium" seats in its new GM Place arena, scheduled to be completed in time for the Grizzlies debut, range in price from C$15 to C$60. The Grizzlies top club seat is C$93.40. The Grizzlies are about halfway to its 15,000 season-ticket commitments required by the end of this year under the terms of its expansion agreement (Chris Young, TORONTO STAR, 9/15). UNIFORMS: Raptors officials will have at least two road and home uniforms when they open in '95. An NBA source says one uniform will feature the team's "primary logo, and that others will include one or more of the team's secondary marks which have yet to be unveiled" (TORONTO SUN, 9/15).