PRESTO: JUDGE'S RULING CLEARS WAY FOR BULLETS TO SEE WIZARD
The Bullets won a trademark infringement case Friday,
clearing the way for the team to change its name to the
Wizards next season, according to Heath & Adande of the
WASHINGTON POST. The ruling allows the Bullets and the NBA
to move ahead with developing Wizards merchandise in time
for the team's move into the MCI Center this fall. The
trademark case was brought by the Harlem Wizards, a
traveling comedy basketball team, and they said they plan to
appeal the decision. U.S. District Judge William Walls said
the Harlem Wizards "would not be affected because fans will
know the obvious differences between them and the NBA team."
The N.Y. firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
represented the NBA and the Bullets. Harlem Wizards players
testified that some people who saw them wearing "Wizards"
shirts asked them if they played for the Bullets, but Walls
wrote that "these examples are too weak and few to establish
actual confusion" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/11).