The Washington Commanders might need a lawsuit on their palms after unveiling their new mascot, Main Tuddy, throughout Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Main Tuddy, a hog in Commanders gear, was operating round FedExField attempting to pump up the Washington followers in attendance. However a sure group of former Washington players weren’t so happy.
In keeping with Front Office Sports, the alternatives for the mascot got here all the way down to a canine or the hog. Nevertheless, the hog was trademarked in July by O-Line Leisure, which is an LCC shaped by the unique “Hogs” Joe Jacoby, Mark Might, John Riggins, Fred Dean, and Doc Walker.
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O-Line Leisure filed two emblems: Hogs and Unique Hogs.
“In the event that they go ahead on Sunday and make the hog their mascot and attempt to trademark it, we’re going to be compelled into trademark infringement litigation,” O-Line Leisure legal professional Seth Berenzweig instructed Entrance Workplace Sports activities.
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“We’ve made it very clear to them that we consider they’d be infringing on the trademark, and they should prepare a licensing take care of the gamers. They’ve refused to try this.”
The debut of Main Tuddy got here on the day of the Commanders’ celebration of the Hogs’ fortieth anniversary.
“The Hogs are a key a part of our franchise’s historical past and we need to preserve their legacy alive with the subsequent era of followers,” the Commanders stated in an official assertion about their well-known offensive line grouping. “We’ve got been working with the Hogs on this occasion for six months and stay up for welcoming them and Coach Gibbs again.”
The Commanders deserted the Hogs trademark that they had in 1991, however Zak Kurtz, a trademark legal professional, instructed FOS the crew may argue that it had the trademark first if confronted with authorized problem.
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As of now, the crew hasn’t challenged the trademark by O-Line Leisure.
Issues didn’t go nicely for Washington within the recreation Sunday, as they fell 24-10 to Deshaun Watson and the Browns. Carson Wentz, who was again within the saddle because the Commanders’ starter, threw three interceptions and heard boos from followers within the stands.
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With the Inexperienced Bay Packers routing the Minnesota Vikings at residence, the Commanders are formally out of the playoff hunt as nicely.