Snyder neighbor seeks trademark protection for “Washington Bravehearts”

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At a time when the developments in the Redskins name debate had become fairly predictable, here’s a bit of a curveball.

According to TMZ, a neighbor of team owner Daniel Snyder has registered the name “Washington Bravehearts” for federal trademark protection.

Aris Mardirossian, described by TMZ as a “wealthy patent investor,” explains in the filing that he plans to use the name for “[e]ntertainment in the nature of football games.”

It’s unclear whether Mardirossian has squatted on the name as a favor to Snyder or whether Mardirossian is risking neighborhood harmony in the name of some good, old-fashioned prospecting.

Either way, there’s now a chance that fans who would be inclined to paint their faces entirely red could eventually opt for patches of blue.

UPDATE 1:56 p.m. ET:  In a statement issued to PFT, the Redskins said there’s no connection between the trademark application and the team.

50 responses to “Snyder neighbor seeks trademark protection for “Washington Bravehearts”

  1. Would rank right up there with “Mighty Ducks” as one of the stupidest nicknames in major sports franchise history.

  2. “I am Daniel Snyder. And I see a whole army of my countrymen,
    here in defiance of tyranny! You have come to fight as free men. And
    free man you are! What will you do without freedom? Will you fight?”
    “Two thousand against ten?” – the veteran shouted. “No! We will
    run – and live!”
    “Yes!” Wallace shouted back. “Fight and you may die. Run and you
    will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now,
    would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for
    one chance, just one cahnce, to come back here as young men and tell
    our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take
    our freedom!”

  3. Snyder should just start trolling people and start registering trademarks like “Washington Savages” or “Potomac Scalpers” … something with some decent plausible deniability but you know what he means..

    Apropos of nothing, I like “Potomac Chieftains.” Too bad Kansas City already has something.

    Personally, they should just change it to Washington Nacotchtank. The tribe is extinct so no one can complain.

  4. This would sure make me like the Redskins a whole lot more! I’d love if they took it a step further and had Robert Griffin III change his name to WWIII… William Wallace…. THE THIRD!

  5. Too bad Braveheart was a movie starring the most anti-semitic person in Hollywood. I’m sure the politically correct crowd is going to love seeing his face plastered everywhere.

  6. Cue 100 or so posts by people comparing terms that have never been used as a racial slur to a racial slur as justification for continuing to us that racial slur.

    Sorry people. Comparing things like eagles and vikings to redskins are not valid comparisons. None of them have ever been used as a racial slur.

  7. We are the best franchise in the NFL and it hurts you all that you can’t be on our level so you try to change our name thinking : A. Your hurting us or B. Dan Snyder is going to lose this Case. #Pathetic

  8. I thought the best opportunity for the team to change its name was the last time they were relevant…when they could have become the Washington Hogs, in honor of their beefy offensive line. Of course, with the overspending and misappropriation of funds in DC, the name could still be relevant!

  9. The name for a team in the US capitol, based on a movie about Scotsmen that was made in Hollywood by an Australian actor.

    It’s perfect.

  10. if they have to change the name,which i dont think they should,but if they did have to…the logical choice would be the washington senators(if baseball didn’t object.i don’t know if baseball holds the rights to that name,but it makes sense and sounds right…………..go bills!!

  11. Well this is call for all of people of Nordic descent to put their foot down and demand that the Vikings change their name. oh the horror! Hey, let’s go after Notre Dame for insulting the Irish!!!!

    Seriously, if Snyder gives in to this madness, it will open up a whole new crop of protection groups that will pull this stuff. Political correctness is killings us!!!

  12. Didn’t the NFL and it’s lawyers crush some guy who trademarked “Harbowl” or something like that last year? They always get their way. Bravehearts straight up sucks though, I’d be pissed as a Washington fan if they changed it to that.

  13. Move the team to eastern Washington state. Rename the team Washington Redtails and change the logo to a redtailed hawk.

    Then I could say GO HAWKS! more often.

  14. If the Redskins make it to a Super Bowl, I guarantee you Snyder will be more open minded about a name change. Think of all the new Redskin gear they will sell on the heels of a championship. Right now they just had a huge marketing campaign with RG3. They have to wait a couple years for the move to make sense.

  15. @logicalvoicesays

    i never can take anything you say seriously. Quick top 5 owners in NFL

    1. Dan Snyder
    2. Shahid Kahn
    3. Woody Johnson
    4. Jimmy Haslem
    5. Glazer Family

  16. And now for the latest Breaking news
    The following lawsuits ave been filed in District courts against the N.F.L
    Cathilic Church V.S Cardinals
    All those named William V.S Bills
    All thieves VS STEELERS ( reaching here )
    All porn stars and strippers vs Ravens
    All retired sailors vs Chiefs
    Flipper vs Dolphins
    Some investors vs Raiders
    My wife vs Chargers
    Dodge vs Rams
    Sweetcorn farmers vs Bucaneers
    Ford vs Broncos .
    I m done you guys finish the rest .

  17. If they really want to name the team after the most powerful force in DC, there is only one choice:

    The Washington Lobbyists.

  18. Every one is such a whiner. After all theses years, the Redskin name has existed, theses people who get offended by words are the biggest whiners.
    Im a Mexican. If a team “The Los Angeles Wetbacks” or “L.A. Border crossers”, Id love it. I do not shed tears and get feelings hurt. I think it would be both funny and not a problem with 995 off latin people i know. Obviously there is always a group of cry babies but cmon. Grow a pair. The most annoying thing is people who complain and whine and get feelings hurt by a word.
    Whats going to happen is the NFL will listen to native american groups, let them speak out and it will all blow away. Kinda like in council meeting. NFL just letting them cry cause they have to. But The Redskin name will live forever.

  19. Every one is such a whiner. After all theses years, the Redskin name has existed, theses people who get offended by words are the biggest whiners.
    Im a Mexican. If a team “The Los Angeles Wetbacks” or “L.A. Border crossers”, Id love it. I do not shed tears and get feelings hurt. I think it would be both funny and not a problem with 99% of latin people i know. Obviously there is always a group of cry babies but cmon. Grow a pair. The most annoying thing is people who complain and whine and get feelings hurt by a word.
    Whats going to happen is the NFL will listen to native american groups, let them speak out and it will all blow away. Kinda like in council meeting. NFL just letting them cry cause they have to. But The Redskin name will live forever.

  20. I hope Snyder does not give in to these bunch of idiots. He has the right to name his company whatever he wants.
    Who says that just because someone’s feelings are hurt, they can demand someone to,change their business name. So frickin what….grow a pair and get over,it.

  21. If Native American Indians don’t like Redskins then I would change the name to something with no Indian reference whatsoever. I would change the name to something non-controversial, like the Washington Bullets.

  22. I personally think that there is no need for change, let’s call the team The Washington DC’s and as a fan I can still call them my beloved REDSKINS , Even if there logo changes t a big ole’ DC’s on thier helmets just like 49r for San Francisco,C for Chicago, G for Greenbay, Well you get the picture because I really have no better ideas…..

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