have come under pressure to change their nickname. (Nick Wass/AP)
The Washington Redskins nickname has been a big topic of debate over the past few seasons, with many people in the media referencing the offensive nature of the name. While Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has said that he has no plans to drop and change the team's nickname, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi believes that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should step in and no longer trademark the name.
“We all respect freedom of speech, but the trademark office has rejected names which are considered offensive and they should do it now,” Pelosi told the National Congress of American Indians, via the Huffington Post.
“They can keep their name on the team, but when it comes to all the stuff -- that’s serious money. So I think that is one path that we can go.”
By losing the trademark, Snyder would lose out on millions of dollars in revenue that could be generated by sales of merchandise, since they could not prevent people from producing knock-off gear.
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Without a trademark, Pelosi reasons, the name becomes much less valuable and Snyder may be forced to rethink his stance on keeping it.