Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Raiders discover what’s in a name and a trademark

- From wire dispatches

A handful of people paid up to $275 for the “Las Vegas Raiders” trademark when news of the team’s potential move from Oakland surfaced in January 2016.

The applicatio­ns for the various uses of the Las Vegas Raiders name put in by the team in August are still in limbo as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office evaluates earlier applicatio­ns for the name.

Air-freight company owner Lane Blue, a Las Vegas clothing company owner, a Houston pain management doctor and a Boston gym owner are among those who applied for the trademark.

Blue, whose bid was denied by the federal government, said his goal was to stop the team from moving.

For Ross Notarobert­o, the gym owner, applying for the trademark was done “out of boredom, really. I would’ve been happy with a couple of tickets to a game.”

Patrick Jennings, a sports trademark attorney, said it is nearly impossible to acquire a trademark for a brand such as the Raiders. “These people think they’re going to cash in, and 99.9 percent of the time, they’re wrong,” said Jennings.


Much of the Ravens’ struggles in the past few seasons has been due to injuries. Their injured reserve over the past three seasons has included nearly 60 players combined. Baltimore is making a concerted effort to change that in 2017. The Ravens have turned to director of performanc­e Steve Saunders to prevent injuries through training. “I can guarantee you this: We will be the strongest, most in-shape Ravens that this team has ever had,” safety Eric Weddle said.

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