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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.

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50 Responses to “Snyder neighbor seeks trademark protection for “Washington Bravehearts””
  1. geniusry says: Oct 25, 2013 1:24 PM

    Thumbs up if you support the name staying the same. Thumbs down if you support a name change.

  2. n0hopeleft says: Oct 25, 2013 1:24 PM

    HOLD. HOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLDDDDD!!!!!!

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 25, 2013 1:25 PM

    How about he doesn’t even change it and this doesn’t ever become an issue?

  4. thepftpoet says: Oct 25, 2013 1:25 PM

    How about the Washington Political-Corrects?

    This name won’t offend anyone

  5. saintsfan26 says: Oct 25, 2013 1:27 PM

    Well here’s the thing… I’m part Scottish and this name offends me….

  6. iamthorny says: Oct 25, 2013 1:28 PM

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

  7. osiris33 says: Oct 25, 2013 1:28 PM

    And the Scots will soon start complaining about the name.

  8. thebadguyswon says: Oct 25, 2013 1:29 PM

    That name offends me.

  9. fukdaeagles says: Oct 25, 2013 1:29 PM

    Illigicalvoicesays HTTB

  10. buddysguys says: Oct 25, 2013 1:30 PM

    “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!”

  11. packfaninthehook says: Oct 25, 2013 1:32 PM

    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.

  12. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Oct 25, 2013 1:33 PM

    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!

  13. sickcuz says: Oct 25, 2013 1:33 PM

    If they become the Bravehearts, I will no longer be a fan of that team.

  14. glennsyank13 says: Oct 25, 2013 1:38 PM

    The Washington Bravehearts? That name is just offensive to everyone.

  15. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Oct 25, 2013 1:38 PM

    The only thing that’s predictable is the media’s one sided agenda against Mr Snyder and this storied franchise name.

  16. Iain says: Oct 25, 2013 1:38 PM

    I’m entirely Scottish and that name is stupid. Claymores would be good though.

  17. tinbender2000 says: Oct 25, 2013 1:40 PM

    Washington Bravehearts? Has a nice ring to it, eh Logicalvoice? LOL

  18. westampa says: Oct 25, 2013 1:42 PM

    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.

  19. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 25, 2013 1:42 PM

    I’m trademarking Washington Freedom.

  20. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 25, 2013 1:43 PM

    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.

  21. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 25, 2013 1:43 PM

    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

  22. herman23934 says: Oct 25, 2013 1:43 PM

    I’m English and this name scares me. Plain old Washington FC if a change is forced.

  23. germanstingray says: Oct 25, 2013 1:45 PM

    I’m going to register the Washington Autocrats.

  24. albanyhawker says: Oct 25, 2013 1:45 PM

    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!

  25. bluenose1965 says: Oct 25, 2013 1:46 PM

    Can you imagine the amount of haggis at the tailgate? That would be outstanding!!!!

  26. trollhammer20 says: Oct 25, 2013 1:51 PM

    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.

  27. friendofinnocence says: Oct 25, 2013 1:52 PM

    Change the name from one group of brave warriors to another. I like it.

  28. jamiebuf12 says: Oct 25, 2013 1:53 PM

    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!!

  29. tovipapi says: Oct 25, 2013 1:54 PM

    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!!!

  30. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 25, 2013 1:57 PM

    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.

  31. Go-Hawks! says: Oct 25, 2013 2:01 PM

    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.

  32. friendofinnocence says: Oct 25, 2013 2:08 PM

    Yeah, change the name to the Washington Redtails ans put “two thumbs down” on the helmets.

  33. joemammy says: Oct 25, 2013 2:18 PM

    Would they still be allowed to play games in London?

  34. 4greatestvikingever says: Oct 25, 2013 2:20 PM

    How about the Fighting Irish?

  35. kingpel says: Oct 25, 2013 2:21 PM

    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.

  36. blackbeard43 says: Oct 25, 2013 2:42 PM

    Washington RG3s. –sounds about right.

  37. buddysguys says: Oct 25, 2013 2:43 PM

    @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

  38. justwinsomeday says: Oct 25, 2013 2:46 PM

    I do think they should change it.

    How’s the “Richmond Redskins” sound???

  39. olhockeypop says: Oct 25, 2013 2:46 PM

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  40. browns627 says: Oct 25, 2013 2:47 PM

    how about the washington generals

  41. browns627 says: Oct 25, 2013 2:49 PM

    i could say the packers but i dont want a parade down my street

  42. balzer41 says: Oct 25, 2013 3:10 PM

    They should change the name to the Washington Foreskins. That name represents them best, they’re both worthless.

  43. corvusrex96 says: Oct 25, 2013 3:12 PM

    The Washington Warriors , move to the current alt. spear logo DONE !

  44. trollhammer20 says: Oct 25, 2013 3:55 PM

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

    The Washington Lobbyists.

  45. rams1999 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:12 AM

    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.

  46. rams1999 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:17 AM

    Correction from previous comment…Meant to say 99% of latins would not have issue.

  47. rams1999 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:21 AM

    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.

  48. hvoigt21 says: Oct 26, 2013 7:18 AM

    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.

  49. chazatlas says: Oct 26, 2013 12:25 PM

    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.

  50. dizeb says: Oct 26, 2013 10:17 PM

    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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