On June 18, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) canceled several uses of the Washington Redskins' trademarks on the grounds the name is "disparaging to Native Americans."
However, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) believes otherwise.
"This puts a big dent in their business model of trying to gain revenue from a disparaging term of slur," she said according to ESPN. "I find it very unlikely that someone is going to overrule the patent office on this. This is a huge decision by a federal agency."
If the ruling is upheld, the Atlanta Braves and the local affiliate Gwinnett Braves could face challenges as well. Fox Sports reports the Braves and the Cleveland Indians have taken steps to protect themselves from political pressure by eliminating direct association with Native Americans and replacing mascots and logos.
Did the Patent Office make the right decision? Do you believe the term "Redskins" is disparaging? Do you think the Braves will be challenged as well?
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