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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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Heat Seeing Smaller Crowds Amid Sellout Streak

The Heat have "sold all tickets to 244 games in a row and 300 consecutive home games overall including playoffs," but there have been "hundreds and hundreds of empty seats visible in the Heat’s first six regular-season home games" this season, according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. Fa ...

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Wilson Would Want Ownership In Seattle NBA Team

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has joined a group led by investor Chris Hansen that is "working on building an NBA/NHL arena" in Seattle, and he "plans to have an ownership stake in the basketball team, should the NBA return" to the city, according to Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com. Wilson said, "I've been r ...

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New Designated Control Execs For A's, Phillies

John Fisher will be approved today as the new designated control exec for the A’s by MLB team owners during their meeting in Chicago, while John Middleton will be approved for the same role for the Phillies. Both have been existing equity partners in their respective franchises, and the c ...

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Mavs Made Trump Hotel Decision Months Ago

Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban said that the team's decision not to stay at Donald Trump-branded hotels in N.Y. and Chicago was "made before the presidential election," according to the AP. Cuban, who was critical of Trump during the campaign, said the decision was "made months ago." Grizzlies coach D ...

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Leonsis Remains Hopeful About Wizards

Wizards Owner Ted Leonsis is "preaching patience" with this year's team off to a 2-8 start, tied for the fewest wins among all NBA teams, according to Scott Allen of the WASHINGTON POST. Leonsis during an interview Monday on DC-based WTOP-FM said, "I understand right now that the fan base is not ver ...

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Piazza Talks About Owning Italian Soccer Club

Mike Piazza’s acquisition of a majority share in Italian third-tier club AC Reggiana in June was merely the latest -- and most significant -- manifestation of his love of the sport. The Baseball HOFer played and watched a number of sports growing up and soccer was no exception. Piazza said tha ...

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Franchise Notes

In L.A., Vincent Bonsignore cites an NFL source as saying that the notion the league "wants to squeeze" Raiders Owner Mark Davis out of his position "is 'complete BS.'" The source said that there is "growing admiration for the work Davis has done on and off the field since taking control of the ...

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Three NBA Teams Boycott Trump-Branded Hotels

At least three NBA teams have "stopped staying at Donald Trump-branded hotels this season in part to avoid any implied association with the new president-elect," according to sources cited by Stein & Lowe of ESPN.com. Sources said that the Bucks, Grizzlies and Mavericks have "moved away from Tru ...

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Atlanta United Unveils Inaugural Home Jersey

MLS expansion club Atlanta United FC yesterday unveiled their inaugural home jersey for the '17 season, which features "five strips, two red and three back" on the front with a solid red back, according to Doug Roberson of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. The team’s crest is "displayed o ...

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MLS Expansion Club LAFC Eyes Local Spotlight

Having been "handed the opportunity to fill the L.A. void left" by the defunct Chivas USA, expansion MLS club LAFC is "determined to share a crowded space in the city with the likes of the Lakers, Rams, Dodgers and Galaxy," according to Mark Ogden of ESPN FC. The ownership group includes names ...

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