UPDATE: Via The Washington Times, the Redskins claim there is no association between the Washington Bravehearts trademark and their organization.
“There is no connection between the Washington Redskins and the trademark application,” a team spokesman told The Times. “Dan Snyder does not know the man named in the story.”
Dan Snyder previously said the Redskins will “never” change the team name.
But as pressure mounts, could the Washington owner be reconsidering his stance? The website TMZ obtained a trademark application from someone associated with Snyder that indicates something could be happening with this in the nation's capital.
TMZ reports that patent investor Aris Mardirossian registered the name “Washington Bravehearts” with the name's use for, “Entertainment in the nature of football games.”
Apparently, Snyder and Mardiorssian are neighbors and have associated with each other before.
Now, this could simply be a backup plan in case Snyder has exhausted all of his options. Or it could be something completely unrelated.
But this will certainly turn some heads given the current state of where the Redskins are with the nature of their team name.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.