The Washington Redskins might be changing their name to the Washington Bravehearts, if TMZ is to be believed. While team owner Daniel Snyder has steadfastly refused to budge on the name, TMZ believes it has found documents that show Snyder, perhaps with the help of his neighbor, are slyly in the process of forming a contingency plan.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder lives in Potomac, Maryland, a few doors down from a very rich dude, Aris Mardirossian. Aris, a wealthy patent investor, registered the name, WASHINGTON BRAVEHEARTS on October 17th. According to the Trademark application, obtained by TMZSports, Aris plans to use the name for “Entertainment in the nature of football games.”
Aris also created a company called Washington Brave Hearts, LLC on the same day — Oct. 17th. We’ve also obtained the LLC docs but there are no specifics.
Something? Nothing? Who can tell. The patent and trademark application speak for themselves. Somebody’s up to something. Is this a test balloon, leaked from Snyder to TMZ, to see how the fanbase reacts? If so, the Billionaire Bonaparte can hide behind, “hey, I didn’t register it” and maintain his firm stance against changing the name. A name like “Brave Hearts” would probably enable the franchise to retain the logo.
[UPDATE: CBS Sports has noticed that Aris Mardirossian also has purchased www.WashingtonBravehearts.com. But somebody owns @Bravehearts … though they haven’t tweeted in three years, so I’m sure Twitter would help out the rich guys.]
Also, Braveheart is a tremendous movie, without question one of the five best in Mel Gibson’s career. [via TMZ]