If Dan Snyder and the Washington football team want one of the many names that Alexandria-based actuary Martin McCaulay holds the rights to, all they have to do is donate to a charity of his choice.
McCaulay, a 61-year-old fan of the team, told TMZ Sports in a story published Sunday that he’s been doing everything he can to hand the rights to the trademarks of names such as Red-tailed Hawks, Americans and Monuments, over to the organization. He shared a screenshot of an email sent to the NFL’s trademark lawyer offering to give them up for free.
“My email was dated July 4, 2020 to the NFL trademark attorney and said, ‘free trademarks,’ a list out of all my trademarks saying, ‘you can have these for free’ and they didn't respond,” McCaulay said. “I didn't know how to reach anybody. I'm on Twitter, at the NFL, at the NFL commish. Take my trademarks, please. What do I have to do to get you to take these trademarks?”
After receiving no response, McCaulay hired a lawyer to help get the team’s attention.
“They won't take my offer of free trademarks so I hired an attorney to facilitate the transaction,” McCaulay said. “He wrote a letter to Mr. Snyder with my offer, making it clear that I was trying to facilitate the name change. I do not want to be an obstacle. Please. If you want one of Mr. McCaulay's trademarks…then just let us know what does he need to do to get out of your way? What is it?”
Though he said he offered the rights up for free, McCaulay’s Twitter bio reads, “I am requesting that Mr. Snyder make donations to the American Indian Graduate Center, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Wolf Conservation Center.”
According to The Washington Post, “trademark issues” are holding up the team’s unveiling of a new name, but no official word from the team has been given as to its top choice.
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