Really quiet week on the sports trade mark front.
Here’s the full document.
In my time as a student, employee and human, I’ve done the following …
I often head out on fishing expeditions to feed this site, and once in a while I stumble upon something that applies to my day job.
The latest batch of U.S. trademarks were advertised for opposition today. Often when you see sports teams pop up here, it’s for logos that are already in use. But I haven’t come across this hockey team name or mark before.
The most beloved players in sports are the ones who excel when it matters most: Playoff time, baby. Walk away with the championship trophy and journalists will forever use the word “clutch” in articles about you.
So every week, the agencies that regulate trade marks in Canada and the United States publish a journal of all the ones that have been approved for “advertisement.” After that, interested parties can lodge their opposition, then there are some more studies and reports and blabity da.
Nothing is more exciting for a prospect or marginal NHL player than being called up from the minors.
Last year, Dallas Stars chief financial officer Robert Hutson gave a 95-page declaration in support of the team’s Chapter 11 petition (the team was eventually sold out of bankruptcy to Vancouver businessman Tom Gagliardi).
If all goes according to plan and Greg Jamison winds up finalizing a deal to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, it’ll probably mark the end of the Phoenix Coyotes.
One of the quirks of NHL lockouts is that minor league teams can wind up stacked — STACKED — with talent. That’s because players still on their entry-level contracts can still be assigned to the minors without having to clear waivers.
The NHL All-Star game means different things to different players. When a player is selected for the first time, it’s an exciting honour that suggests “you’ve really made it!”
Odds are, pretty well. The National Football League is a professional sports juggernaut. Revenue this season is expected to be in the $10 billion range, with television rights fees coming in around $4 billion.
After players and clubs in the National Hockey League file for salary arbitration, a list is drawn up and scheduling begins. This is more complicated than you’d expect.
Realignment was a hot NHL topic last season after the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg, because it opened the door to shifting teams around to make travel a little more equitable.
I’m sure most NHL players exiting their prime years have a vision of how they’ll go out. Maybe it’s lifting a Stanley Cup and exiting at the top. Maybe it’s a jersey-raising ceremony, with family and friends looking on. So imagine you sit down next to your agent and he slides this across the table.
Yesterday, I wrote a story for the Citizen about the Senators polling fans to find out what would get them to forgive and forget the whole lockout fiasco and maybe buy a ticket again (you can read the full story here). Here’s a screen capture of the actual poll (click to view larger).