Few individuals have had to think about new names for the Washington football team longer than Martin McCaulay, the man who notoriously owns several trademarks on potential replacements for the franchise's old nickname.
Over the last five years, McCaulay has secured trademarks for both apparel and football games on names such as Washington "Redtails," "Renegades," "Americans" and "Redhawks." A few of his trademarks seemingly have a chance of becoming Washington's final choice, and if the franchise came to him requesting those naming rights, he has said he'd give them up for free.
That doesn't necessarily mean it'll happen that way, given the popularity of "Red Wolves" among fans and owner Dan Snyder's past interest in "Warriors." If McCaulay had Snyder's ear, however, he'd suggest Redtails.
"A lot of fans don't like [Redtails] because they think the opponents would use that like it means [Washington] got a spanking," McCaulay said in an interview with NBC Sports Washington. "But I like the word, I like Washington Redtails. I think they should go with that."
"Redtails" is, of course, one of McCaulay's trademarked names and he's said that if Washington is going to execute their name change before the 2020 season, using one of his names is the way to go. And since he has a trademark for "Redtailed Hawks," he believes it to be flexible enough to work for two names at once.
"[Redtailed Hawks] has the strongest defense," he said. "It's one of the few I can say, 'This one is incontestable.' I think Washington Redtailed Hawks counts as me having a trademark for Washington Redtails and Washington Redhawks because if you look up Redtail in the dictionary, it says 'Redtailed Hawk'. And if you go to National Geographic or any website with information on Redtailed Hawks, they use 'Redtail' and 'Redtailed Hawks' interchangeably."
As we said before, McCaulay owns rights to apparel and football games for "Redtails" and "Redhawks", which are two necessary components Washington would need to secure before applying it to all aspects of their team.
"Warriors" and "Red Wolves" present separate but significant trademark-related challenges, so if McCaulay's indeed offering them up for free with little no hassle, then his names may be the most realistic options. And that remains a big "if."
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