Yes, Martin McCaulay holds trademarks to several potential name changes for the Washington football team. And yes, under normal circumstances, someone like him could make it difficult for a team by requesting payment for the naming rights.
But as was highlighted Monday and McCaulay reiterated on Twitter Tuesday, he is here to help.
Hi everyone I need to clear something up. I want them to change the name and am embarrassed if I did anything that slows that down. I thought if I hoarded all the good names that would keep someone else who might be a pain in the neck from getting them.— Martin McCaulay (@MartinMcCaulay) July 14, 2020
McCaulay wants the name to be changed and has the ability to help Washington move through the process faster than if they went through trademark disputes with Arkansas State for the rights to "Red Wolves."
"I wish [Washington] would tell me what I need to do to get out of their way to change the name if I am some obstacle," McCaulay wrote.
In an interview with The Sports Junkies, McCaulay said he reached out to the NFL the day after Washington announced a "thorough review" of its name, telling them if they need the rights to any of his trademarks, he'd happily give them up for free. The league did not respond to him.
Now that McCaulay is known as the guy with all the trademarks, whenever there's a bit of news regarding Washington experiencing trademark issues, most of the blame falls on him.
"The USPTO website for filing new trademark applications has been down since last Friday," he wrote. "If [Washington is] having a trademark issue it is not me."
If one of Washington's main goals with their name change is to get everything squared away by the start of the 2020 season, going through McCaulay may be the only way to do that. At least, that's what he claims.
There are really only four viable options if this is going to be done before starting the 2020 season - Redtails, Renegades, Redhawks, and Americans, because I have trademarks for both football games and apparel.— Martin McCaulay (@MartinMcCaulay) July 14, 2020
Some fans want Redwolves so bad they are willing to wait one or two years for Mr Snyder to buy the trademark from Arkansas State. I have a trademark for Washington Football Club that would be a good temporary name in the meantime.— Martin McCaulay (@MartinMcCaulay) July 14, 2020
Of the four options he has listed, "Redtails" is the only one that's received significant attention from fans and current/former Washington players. In a Yahoo! Sports poll, "Redtails" had the most support from fans who voted.
All McCaulay is doing is saving a spot for Washington if they need to use one of his names. He's trying to be the exact opposite person the public seems to believe.
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