The Washington Bravehearts?
TMZ first reported that Dan Snyder’s neighbor, Aris Mardirossian, a wealthy investor, allegedly registered the name Washington Bravehearts, LLC on October 17th. This led to speculation that the team's owner, Dan Snyder, was caving to pressure to change the team's name.
The trademark application, obtained by TMZ, states that Mardirossian plans to use the name for “Entertainment in the nature of football games.” This language is similar to the language that other NFL teams have used to register their team names. CBSNews.com also learned that Mardirossian bought the domain name WashingtonBravehearts.com.
It is unclear why Mardirossian wants to trademark the team name, but according to Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie, a name change is not forthcoming.
“I just want to set the record straight for everyone listening, just to let you know that there is absolutely no connection between the Washington Bravehearts and the person that registered that trademark, and the Washington Redskins,” Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie said on ESPN 980. "In fact, the person that's reported in that story, the alleged neighbor of Daniel Snyder, Dan doesn't even know the man. So I just want to let you know, Dan [doesn't] know the man, so please, people, stop panicking, there's no connection.”
The official trademark registration for the Washington Redskins was filed in 1972 and it states that the trademark is for “entertainment services-namely, presentations of professional football contests.”
In September, Snyder sent an open letter to season ticket holders saying, in part, “We are Redskins Nation and we owe it to our fans and coaches and players, past and present, to preserve that heritage.” Native American tribal groups like the Oneida Indian Nation have fought against the team's use of the name, calling it racial slur.