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Army: Vegas Golden Knights Team Name Pulls a Ripcord

13 January 2018

As "Exhibit F", the Army included this passage from a Post story from December 2016: "Foley, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at U.S. Military Academy, was aware of the name of the parachute team when he chose Golden Knights". The Army "believes it will be damaged", the filing states, also noting the similar color scheme in the team's uniforms and merchandising. The College of Saint Rose also opposed the filing and this week got a second extension, this time for a period of 60 days, to file its opposition.

The challenge by the U.S. Army was first reported by Sportslogos.net. As evidence, it listed an appearance by Vegas General Manager George McPhee on a sports radio show, in which he said that his expansion franchise wanted to use the name "Black Knights" but were deterred "because we already had the Blackhawks in the league", so they went with Golden Knights while knowing it was the name of the parachute team.

Initially, the Vegas hockey team was to be called the "Black Knights" (which surely wouldn't have spawned thousands of Monty Python jokes), but ultimately moved towards the Golden Knights.

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The Golden Knights have until February 19 to respond to this notice, or they may have to forfeit the trademark. "We are not aware of a single complaint from anyone attending our games that they were expecting to see the parachute team and not a professional hockey game", they said, quoted by ESPN.

"I have great respect for the Golden Knights parachute team", he added in his interview with the newspaper. The Army received an extension until Wednesday. After that, they'll have a long, arduous process in which they'll have to prove that their brand is not built around West Point.

This is not the first time the Golden Knights have faced a trademark battle. You know about the classmates he had lost serving this country.

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Vegas' owner, Bill Foley, is a West Point graduate, and GM George McPhee directly has stated before that the team's name is a homage to the Black Knights, which nearly became the team's nickname. "So, those colors mean a lot to us".

It's all pretty weird, both because you'd have thought the Golden Knights could have sorted this out before it became a problem and, well, that the Army might have used some common sense.

Speaking with an attorney who wished to remain anonymous but added they had "more than a passing interest in sports logos and design"; they felt that Army's case was "at least as good as the challenge that caused the Jags to change their marks in 95", referring to the Jacksonville Jaguars who were forced to change their original team logos by the Jaguar Motor Company prior to their inaugural season in the National Football League twenty-three years ago.

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Army: Vegas Golden Knights Team Name Pulls a Ripcord