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Patent Office Cancels Washington Redskins Trademark Registration

The already heated debate over the continued use of the term “Redskins” by the Washington, D.C., NFL team got hotter this morning, with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceling the team’s trademark registration, saying it is “disparaging of Native Americans.” [More]

Thieves Try To Sell Woman’s Stuff Back To Her While She’s Waiting For The Cops To Arrive

Thieves Try To Sell Woman’s Stuff Back To Her While She’s Waiting For The Cops To Arrive

There must be some great cosmic force that serves entirely to reunite people with their stolen belongings by way of an unwitting accomplice — the thief or thieves that did the stealing in the first place. One woman had the good fortune to run into her recently purloined belongings while waiting for the police to show up. [More]

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Sonic Is Really, Really Sorry About That “Scalp The Redskins/Feed Them Whiskey” Sign

Someone at a Missouri Sonic Drive-in chose to express both their support for the Kansas City Chiefs and their utter ignorance by using the restaurant’s sign to post a message that combined nearly every offensive Native American stereotype into one garbled statement. [More]

NFL Wants More Thursday Night Games

NFL Wants More Thursday Night Games

Now that the NFL has expanded Thursday Night Football on its NFL Network to 13 weeks of the season, establishing the weeknight as an accepted (grudgingly, by some) part of the weekly pro football schedule, the league is reportedly looking to find another broadcaster to carry additional games on Thursdays. [More]

Another Former College Football Player Sues EA For Using Athletes’ Likenesses In Video Games

Another Former College Football Player Sues EA For Using Athletes’ Likenesses In Video Games

In the midst of a right to publicity lawsuit (which is part of a larger antitrust lawsuit) currently underway against video game publisher Electronic Arts, another athlete has lawyers filing a proposed class-action suit claiming that EA’s use of college athletes’ names and likenesses in its games is “blatant and unlawful.” [More]

Cowboys Stadium Is Now AT&T Stadium

Cowboys Stadium Is Now AT&T Stadium

As a Philadelphia Eagles fan, it would be very easy for me to say that football’s Emperor Palpatine finally has his Death Star, but I would never stoop so low as to make a joke like that. Rather, I’ll just straight out tell you that after four seasons, Cowboys Stadium now has a corporate name with today’s announcement that Tony Romo will soon be throwing clutch interceptions at the newly renamed AT&T Stadium. [More]

The e-mail sent by Ticketmaster and the Inauguration Committee.

Ticketmaster Gets Overly Excited About Inauguration, Starts Selling Tickets Prematurely

Last night, D.C.-area Consumerist reader Jim was feeling down about his Redskins’ playoff loss. But then he checked his e-mail and saw a note from Ticketmaster that brightened up his gloomy Sunday. He could now buy tickets, a fully day early, to the Jan. 21 inaugural festivities for President Obama’s swearing-in. [More]

NFL Eases Up On Local TV Blackout Rule

NFL Eases Up On Local TV Blackout Rule

Average attendance at NFL games has dropped each of the past five years and is down 4.5% overall since 2007. Realizing that maybe it’s not the best idea to punish football fans by blacking out local TV broadcasts of home games that aren’t sold out, the NFL has decided to ease up on the rules governing when a game would be blacked out. [More]

PR Firm CEO Threatens To Fire Next Person Who Doesn't Replace The Milk

PR Firm CEO Threatens To Fire Next Person Who Doesn't Replace The Milk

In a company email that reads like a rejected new column for the Onion, the CEO of a PR company threatened this week to fire the next person who neglects to replace the empty milk carton in the refrigerator. [More]

Current, Former Washington Redskins Make Goal Line Stand For TSA Worker Unionization

Current, Former Washington Redskins Make Goal Line Stand For TSA Worker Unionization

Transportation Security Administration workers have some unlikely allies in their struggle to organize: A pair of pro football players. Noting the need for labor solidarity across industries, one current and one retired Washington Redskin are speaking out in favor of the much-maligned airport security workers. [More]

Do Not Pretend Your Waitress's Bosom Is A Credit Card Reader

Do Not Pretend Your Waitress's Bosom Is A Credit Card Reader

Just in case you were wondering, it’s not cool to paw at a waitress and slide a credit card in her bra. Such actions are what a Washington Redskins lineman stands accused of, according to court papers filed Wednesday. [More]

What Does DirecTV Have Against Dallas Cowboys Fans?

What Does DirecTV Have Against Dallas Cowboys Fans?

If you’ve watched any pre-season football this summer, you’ve likely seen the ads DirecTV has been running for its NFL Sunday Ticket package. The spots feature fans of their local sports teams who are none-too-pleased about non-locals being able to watch their favorite out-of-market (and often rival) teams’ games. One spot features a Packers fan leaving a plate of hate for a 49ers supporter, another has the Patriot-ic residents of Foxboro, Mass., hurling snow at the newcomer Dolphins fan. But only Dallas Cowboys fans have been singled out for mockery in multiple ads — three so far. [More]

Papa John's Now The Official Crappy Pizza Of The NFL

Papa John's Now The Official Crappy Pizza Of The NFL

We sure hope you football fans love Papa John’s commercials, because you’re going to see a lot more of them in the upcoming season. The pizza chain has just signed a three-year deal with the NFL to become the official pizza sponsor of both the league and the Super Bowl. [More]

Evil Washington Redskins Owner Bans Fan's Signs

Evil Washington Redskins Owner Bans Fan's Signs

I was remarking to a friend of mine as we were watching the Iggles peck the eyes out of the Redskins Monday that despite the fact that I write a blog about consumer news (not sports) — I keep finding myself writing about the Washington Redskins and Daniel Snyder, their evil and apparently totally incompetent owner. The newest permutation of said evil is that the ‘Skins have banned signs from FedEx Field. Yes, signs are apparently dangerous.

Washington Redskins Relent, No Longer Bankrupting Elderly Season Ticket Holder

Washington Redskins Relent, No Longer Bankrupting Elderly Season Ticket Holder

Good news! The Washington Redskins are no longer suing a 72-year-old grandmother and real estate agent who was unable to pay for her season tickets after falling on hard times. The team has vacated the $66,364 judgment against her. Yay!

Don't Have $5,300 For Season Tickets? The Washington Redskins Will Sue You Into Bankruptcy

Don't Have $5,300 For Season Tickets? The Washington Redskins Will Sue You Into Bankruptcy

UPDATE: The Redskins have vacated their judgment.

Redskins Makes Fans Wait While Scalpers Cherry-Pick Tickets

Redskins Makes Fans Wait While Scalpers Cherry-Pick Tickets

The Washington Post reports the Washington Redskins gave ticket brokers the first crack at their tickets during the 2007 and 2008 seasons, making fans pay more from the third parties.

Deaf Redskins Fans Suing for Closed-Captioning

Deaf Redskins Fans Suing for Closed-Captioning

Not to be outdone by the blind, the deaf are suing the Washington Redskins alleging “the team is in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act for failing to provide captioning during games” live at FedEx Field.