NFL http://wrvo.org en Washington Redskins name loses patent protection http://wrvo.org/post/washington-redskins-name-loses-patent-protection <p></p><p>The U.S. Patent Office has canceled the trademark of the Washington Redskins professional football team, ruling that it is offensive to Native Americans.&nbsp;</p><p>It was efforts from the Oneida Indian Nation that put the name back in the spotlight.</p><p>The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board <a href="http://ttabvue.uspto.gov/ttabvue/v?pno=92046185&amp;pty=CAN&amp;eno=199" target="_blank">ruled Wednesday</a> the Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and will no longer be protected. Patent law disallows the use of offensive names as trademarks.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:09:14 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57516 at http://wrvo.org Washington Redskins name loses patent protection State lawmakers join pressure on Washington football team's mascot http://wrvo.org/post/state-lawmakers-join-pressure-washington-football-teams-mascot <p></p><p>A group of New York state lawmakers are joining a growing national push for the pro football team the Washington Redskins to change its name.</p><p>The group plans to introduce a resolution in the state legislature denouncing the football team's use of the word "redskin" and urging team owner Daniel Snyder to pick a new name.</p><p>"The word is absolutely offensive to the Native American community and beyond," said Democratic Assemblyman Keith Wright, noting names like New York Giants and Jets are not offensive, except maybe to broken down jet engines.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Associated Press 55394 at http://wrvo.org State lawmakers join pressure on Washington football team's mascot Amid pressure over name, Redskins create foundation http://wrvo.org/post/amid-pressure-over-name-redskins-create-foundation <p></p><p>The Oneida Indian Nation in upstate New York supports the creation of a new foundation by Washington D.C.'s professional football team, though it says it's not a solution.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:31:03 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53228 at http://wrvo.org Amid pressure over name, Redskins create foundation Congressional pressure builds on Redskins to change name http://wrvo.org/post/congressional-pressure-builds-redskins-change-name <p></p><p>An effort led by the Oneida Indian Nation to have Washington D.C.'s professional football team change its name has gained more support from members of Congress.</p><p>U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., sent a letter Monday to NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell urging the league to take a stand for the Washington Redskins to change its team name.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:20:54 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51169 at http://wrvo.org Congressional pressure builds on Redskins to change name Oneida 'disappointed' in response from NFL over Redskins name http://wrvo.org/post/oneida-disappointed-response-nfl-over-redskins-name <p></p><p>The Oneida Indian Nation says it was disappointed the National Football League defended its Washington team using the name Redskins in a meeting between the two parties.</p><p>Representatives from the nation met for an hour on Wednesday with senior league executives. The meeting was moved up a few weeks, but did not happen on Oneida territory in upstate New York as the nation had hoped.</p><p>The Oneida say the use of the name 'Redskins' is racist and offensive to Native Americans.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:04:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 46424 at http://wrvo.org Oneida 'disappointed' in response from NFL over Redskins name Amid Washington Redskins debate, two schools look back on own mascot changes http://wrvo.org/post/amid-washington-redskins-debate-two-schools-look-back-own-mascot-changes <p></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:35:39 +0000 Gino Geruntino 46383 at http://wrvo.org Amid Washington Redskins debate, two schools look back on own mascot changes Team owner says Washington Redskins name is 'badge of honor' http://wrvo.org/post/team-owner-says-washington-redskins-name-badge-honor <p>The owner of the Washington Redskins professional football team has responded to charges from the Oneida Indian Nation that its name is offensive by saying the name and logo are &quot;a badge of honor,&quot; not a label.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:55:09 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45407 at http://wrvo.org N.F.L. may meet on Oneida land to discuss Redskins name change http://wrvo.org/post/nfl-may-meet-oneida-land-discuss-redskins-name-change <p>The National Football League has expressed interest in moving up a previously scheduled meeting with the Oneida Indian Nation to discuss the nation&#39;s desire to have the Washington Redskins team change its nickname.</p><p>That meeting could now happen on nation territory in a few weeks.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:47:37 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45335 at http://wrvo.org Oneida Nation puts pressure on N.F.L.'s Redskins to change name http://wrvo.org/post/oneida-nation-puts-pressure-nfls-redskins-change-name <p></p><p>The Oneida Indian Nation held a conference in Washington today to put pressure on the city&rsquo;s football team to change its name from the Redskins.</p><p>The Oneida and other Native Americans say the name is offensive and <a href="http://changethemascot.org" target="_blank">pressure on the N.F.L. team</a> is growing, including from the president.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:03:41 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Gino Geruntino 45285 at http://wrvo.org