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What’s In a Name?

11:01 AM, Jun 18, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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The white-hot issue of what to call the professional football team currently playing its home games in the vicinity of the nation’s capital just got hotter.  Earlier this week, Senator Harry Reid said he wouldn’t accept comp tickets (truly a first for a sitting senator) to the team’s games so long as it continued to be called the “Redskins.”

Now, as Theresa Vargas reports in the Washington Post:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

Lacking patent protection, the team could lose revenue – as, for instance, when some outfit in China mass produces RG3 jerseys and floods the market.  This surely will get the attention of Mr. Dan Snyder who owns (and some might say mismanages) the team.

Much fun is being had on Twitter as people suggest new names for the team. Washington Bureaucrats, Washington Insiders, etc.

But the team belongs to Washington only notionally. The same way that the New York Giants, who play in New Jersey, aren’t really of, or about, Manhattan as they were in the days of Gifford and Conerly.  

So how about The Beltway Bandits?

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