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U.S. Patent Office Denies Vegas NHL Team's "Golden Knights" Trademark Request

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 08 / 16

The Golden Knights’ trademark request "was denied" yesterday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office because of a "'likelihood of confusion' with the registered mark" of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., according to Ben Gotz of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. Saint Rose also uses the N...

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Sounders Hope To Reward Fans With MLS Cup

Sounders Principal Owner Adrian Hanauer said that reaching the the club's first MLS Cup final would mean "more than extra dollars," as it would "further a fan-oriented future business plan," according to Geoff Baker of the SEATTLE TIMES. Hanauer said prior to tonight's first leg of the Western Confe ...

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Spanos, Stadium Behind Bolts' Attendance Drop

The Chargers are averaging "just under" 56,000 fans per game so far this season at Qualcomm Stadium, "about 11,000 less than a year ago," according to Nick Canepa of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. One crowd "was just over 60,000," while two were around 52,000. The Chargers' figure of filling 78.3% of ...

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Franchise Notes

In L.A., Kevin Baxter writes Galaxy coach Bruce Arena’s " expected departure " to become USMNT coach leaves the team with openings at both coach and GM "three weeks before the busiest week on the MLS calendar." The MLS trade window opens "just hours" after the MLS Cup final on Dec. 10, "f ...

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Hurricanes Say Owner Not Looking To Sell

Hurricanes President Don Waddell on Friday said that Owner Peter Karmanos is "not actively looking to sell the team," according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER. Waddell held a press conference before the team's game against the Canadiens to "again dispute a rumor the franch ...

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Braves' Payroll Likely To Increase For '17

The Braves are "selling ticket packages, setting up new offices and spending some of their anticipated revenue increase on veteran pitchers" as the team prepares for its first season at SunTrust Park, according to Tim Tucker of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. While much work "remains to be do ...

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Indians' Payroll Likely To Get Boost

In Cleveland, Terry Pluto noted the Indians' '17 payroll "will go up," though by how much is unknown. An MLB exec said that payoff for a trip to the World Series is "usually between" $10-15M. Other execs said that "most of the money goes into baseball revenue sharing, player pension funds" and ...

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A's Co-Owner John Fisher Takes Over From Wolff

The A's "shook up their upper management Thursday and reasserted their commitment to building a privately funded" ballpark at an "unspecified location in Oakland," according to a front-page piece by Susan Slusser of the S.F CHRONICLE. A's co-Owner John Fisher "takes over as managing partner from Lew ...

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Middleton Officially Assumes Control Of Phillies

MLB owners on Thursday officially designated John Middleton as "control person of the Phillies, the last step in a transition of power" from Chair David Montgomery, according to Matt Gelb of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. Middleton, who has been a co-owner in the team since '94, has "exerted a grea ...

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Dodgers Raise Season Ticket, Parking Prices

The Dodgers on Thursday "raised the price on every season ticket ... stunning some fans hit with double-digit increases for a second consecutive year," according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. TIMES. The Dodgers also "increased parking prices for season-ticket holders by as much as 27%." Dodgers VP/Tic ...

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Raiders OK With "Home Game" In Mexico

This week's "MNF" game features the Texans and Raiders in Mexico City, and while his team is losing a home game in Oakland, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio understands the game is "good for the league's brand," according to Vic Tafur of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Del Rio: "There are a lot of benefits for t ...

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