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The Washington Redskins And Their Trademark Name

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Washington Redskins logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apparently there is a lot of misinformation on the Redskins and their trademark. Six trademarks have been canceled by the Trademark Office. At this time the decision by the trademark office does not mean that anyone else can use their name. However if the initial decision is upheld after appeal it could allow other organizations to use the Redskins trademark name. Of course the Washington Redskins would file a lawsuit against any organization that tries to use it’s trademark name. If the courts make the decision to uphold the ruling to release the trademark the Washington Redskins will definitely file an appeal.

The decision by the Trademark Office will probably not have any impact on other sports teams that incorporate the word Indian in their name. The decision on the name Redskins is based upon interpreting the name of the team as a racial slur. Other teams like the Chiefs, Indians and Seminoles will probably not face the same decision by the Trademark Office.

Federal registration of trademark names is required to protect the trademark names of various sports teams. The trademark office cannot prevent another team or organization from using the Redskins trademark name. The decision by the Trademark Office does not prevent the team from suing anyone that uses their name. Many organization will be upset if they are sued for using the Redskins trademark name. After all if the trademark was canceled anyone should be able to use that trademark. It will most likely be up to a judge to make a decision on this legal issue.

The decision by the trademark office does not keep the Washington Redskins from using the word Redskins. However the decision does insure it will be a long legal battle.

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Kobe Bryant Tweets About Donald Sterling

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English: Kobe Bryant, Lakers shooting guard, stands ready to shoot a free throw during Tuesday nights pre-season game against the Golden State Warriors. Bryant was essential in bringing together a large point gap late in the second quarter, after the Warriors took the early lead. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kobe Bryant recently tweeted that he will not play for “him”, which based on information in the news seems to be about Donald Sterling. Conversely, ten (10) years ago, Kobe, as a free agent, had shared that he could see himself playing with the Clippers.

This does not make Kobe a hypocrite because he never signed with the Clippers. It is believed that the issue may have been Sterling as the owner of the team. Kobe may have possibly gained more knowledge about Sterling since that time, although allegations of Sterling’s racism have been around for a while.

Kobe may be saying this now but he may have acted otherwise if the situation was different. This issue is not an easy one and people have to determine if they can work with someone who has different views from theirs.

The Lakers have signed Kobe to a hefty contract and the probability of him being traded to the other Los Angeles team is highly unlikely. Therefore, Kobe is in a good place. His future was a bit uncertain at the time he was a free agent. Therefore, playing with Sterling may not have seemed so bad if there were other benefits.

While Sterling’s earlier comments about race may have been misconstrued, I am sure that Kobe definitely does not uphold these recent alleged comments. I am confident that he would not want to play with Sterling especially since there are no added benefits to doing that.

However, he might be able to get several advantages in joining the Clippers including a better package, high chance of winning and a better location. So should he hold himself back professionally because of Sterling? It surely is not a good thing for Kobe.

Today, LeBron James spoke openly against Sterling; but he considered the Clippers as an option as a free agent. Doc Rivers, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and others are not with the Clippers for similar reasons. These athletes should opt to enhance themselves in this highly competitive sport that has few opportunities.

Presently, Kobe may say that he will not play with Sterling, although ten (10) years ago it may have been one of his options.

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Josh Beckett: Is He Worth the Risk — and the Drama – in Fantasy Baseball?

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Josh Beckett 01:38, 23 July 2008 . . PhreddieH3 . . 1,943×2,936 (2.01 MB) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When the Boston Red Sox had their historic collapse in September 2011, not making the playoffs, pitcher Josh Beckett, the ace of the team’s rotation, was one of the big reasons why. Beckett gave up six runs in each of his last two starts of the season. If the Red Sox had won even one of those games, they would have made the postseason.

Beckett’s Many Issues

Poor pitching down the stretch wasn’t the only issue with Beckett. There was a lot of finger-pointing going on regarding Boston’s choke, and Beckett was perceived as the poster boy for it – given that he was accused of being the ringleader of bad behavior by the Red Sox’s pitching staff. Reportedly, the team’s starters, led by Beckett, ate fried chicken and drank beer during games, which communicated a blasé, lackadaisical attitude. For his part, Beckett never specifically denied the accusations, or specifically apologized for his role in contributing to a lazy clubhouse atmosphere. However, he did complain about “snitches” who revealed this information to the press. Lovely.

How Beckett Has Performed This Season

This season, Beckett got off to a poor start for the last-place Red Sox, giving up seven runs in his first game – it was such a bad start, his ERA at press time is still over 4.00, despite pitching much better since that game. He also got in trouble for an apparent lack of commitment to his game. He missed a start in early May due to a sore lat muscle after throwing 126 pitches in an April start against the Chicago White Sox. Yet he was able to somehow have enough strength in his arm to play a round of golf two days before the start he missed.  In addition, he did not volunteer to pitch in the 17-inning game his team had three days later against the Baltimore Orioles, where the team had to use position player Darnell McDonald in order to pitch. Strong enough for golf, but not for baseball? Really?

Needless to say, Red Sox fans and the Boston media – both of whom are known for their toughness on players – were questioning not just his judgment, but his dedication to the game. Given how Beckett continues to not just be the poster boy for bad behavior on the Red Sox, but that neither he nor the team is covering themselves in glory this year, one has to wonder if the team will part ways with Beckett at some point. While he may have won 20 games in 2007 and led them to a World Series championship, his leadership and attitude in recent years has left a lot to be desired. Granted, at press time Beckett had won two of his last three starts, and gotten a no-decision on the other start. But he is not exactly a beloved Red Sox these days.

So it is possible that if Boston continues to struggle, they might trade Beckett at some point, just to clean house and foment a new attitude. However, he makes $15,750,000 a year through 2014, so the Sox may have to pick up some of his salary in order to do so.

Should You Choose Beckett for Your Fantasy Baseball Team?

As for fantasy baseball purposes, what does all this mean for Beckett? If he is traded, it could have an effect on his fantasy value. There is also always the possibility, however slim, he could potentially be suspended for golfing or some other future shenanigans. For the most part, though, fantasy baseball fans should look at Beckett based on his pitching, not his personality. And while he has not pitched as poorly overall this year as his current ERA indicates, he has not really been the ace that he has been expected to be, either. So proceed with caution when it comes to potentially picking up Beckett.

FantasyGuru is a blog writer for sites like DraftStreet, a prominent fantasy sports website.

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