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Redskins Name Change

Where There's Smoke ...

10/25/2013 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:07 AM PT: So get this.  We finally heard back from a rep for the Redskins.  He said there's no connection between the Bravehearts trademark and the Redskins.  He also said Dan Snyder doesn't know the man who filed the trademark.  We informed the rep they're neighbors on the same street ... the rep added: they still don't know each other.

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Something curious/suspicious is going on with the Washington Redskins ... there's evidence the owner might be caving to pressure to change the name.

Here's what we know.  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.

As for the relationship between Aris and Dan, we're told the 2 of them formed a united front on their block a few years back -- both men wanted to cut down trees on their lots but they were being blocked by the county. 

Also, we found out both Snyder and Mardirossian attended the University of Maryland ... just at different times.

With all the hubbub over the Redskins name, it's more than curious that a man who has nothing to do with football would suddenly register the name of a football team that would solve his neighbor's problem.

We've made numerous calls to everyone involved, and almost everyone who spoke to us was tight-lipped and would not broach the subject.  Aris flat out hung up on us.  As for the Redskins, we've made multiple calls but so far, no word back.

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16.

bigmoney13    

HOW ABOUT ---- WASHINGTON WREDSKINS --- WASHINGTON DREDSKINS ---- WASHINGTON SHREDSKINS --- WASHINGTON TREDSKINS --- OR EVEN THE WASHINGTON XredSKINS

307 days ago
17.

Norma Lyles    

Why not the DC BRAVEHEARTS? There is a Washington State, do why not change the name to the. District of Columbia (DC) BRAVEHEARTS.

307 days ago
18.

Dale Latimer    

Yeah, whatever.

307 days ago
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jackie2850    

We used to be named the ULM Indians,and changed to ULM Warhawks. Always thought Washington Warhawks would be a great name. After all, that's what Washington is right? p.s. we've had much success with the name change.

307 days ago
20.

Terri    

I thought they were changing the Washington part because it's embarassing!!

307 days ago
21.

Jim    

Rumor has it that that the Bravehearts is the name for the proposed Washington entry to the Arena League. Dan Snyder along with Aris Mardirossian have owned the Washington Arena League rights for years, and they are now planning to launch a team to take advantage of the increased popularity of Arena football.

307 days ago
22.

Heathen    

Don't incourage these dogooder fanatics that seem to need a cause to make themselves feel worthwhile.REDSKINS FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

307 days ago
23.

vixen126    

Don't change the name please.HAIL TO THE REDSKINS HAIL VICTOR .DAN DON'T DO IT **** YHE HATERS. ....

307 days ago
24.

Fishmonger Pete    

I submit the following nominations for inoffensive team nicknames, which shouldn't offend ANYbody and display good humor (I have often used these names in my STRAT-O-MATIC baseball leagues): Aspirins, Codfish, Pansies, Dromedaries, Prunepits, Cobblers, Gazebos, Hucklebucks, Rattlers, Barnacles, Fiduciaries, Lemon Tarts, Downwinders, Garages, et.al...I just got so sick of the run-of-the-mill stuff like Giants-Tigers-Lions-Bears-Warriors-Titans stuff. I encourage creativity in coming up with team names like I have listed above...just pull out a dictionary and go to it!

306 days ago
25.

richard Gwara    

hasn't anyone suggested the Washington Potomacs?

306 days ago
26.

YO_MAMMA    

He's probably just trademark squatting. Bought the name just in case they do consider it, they would have to pay him for the rights. Has nothing to do with Snyder. Lets go REDSKINS!!!!

305 days ago
27.

Dan Ballard    

The Redskins deny they have anything to do with the trademark registration application for "Washington Bravehearts" or the creation of the "Washington Bravehearts, LLC" company. But one of the law firms they use, DLA Piper, was the firm that filed the do***ents that created the "Washington Bravehearts, LLC" company. It would likely be a conflict of interest for that firm to represent both the Washington Redskins and the Washington Bravehearts -- UNLESS those two companies were related, shared common ownership, or the Redskins agreed to waive the potential confict. Interesting to note: The do***ents filed to create the "Washington Bravehearts, LLC" does not list any owners or officers or directors for the company. There is no public record of who owns that company. And that's unusual.

305 days ago
28.

smmahan    

Here's a great name: WASHINGTON SPECIAL FORCES. Honors our military, and it's a tough name for a football team.

305 days ago
29.

Jim Ferman    

I am a die-hard Redskin fan and have been for over 50 years. I moved
away from DC in 1989 and moved to Arizona. I have been reading, with
interest lately, the discussion going on about the Redskins being required
to change the name of the team. Apparently, Native Americans are saying that
the name is derogatory. Excuse me for chuckling aloud, but I find it funny
that there is a high school located on the Navajo Indian Reservation in
Northeastern Arizona, whose mascot is (drum roll) The Redskins! It is easily
available for anyone to Google this information if you narrow your search to
the Red Mesa High School in Teec Nos Pos, Arizona. I remember traveling
through Arizona in 1989 and seeing boldly written on the side of the High
School Gymnasium, the words- "Home of the Redskins" in big black letters.
Now, 24 years later, the team's mascot remains the Redskins and
apparently is not derogatory to the Navajo Nation in which it resides. HOW
CAN THE NAVAJOS ACCEPT THIS AND BE PROUD OF THIS MASCOT and the Washington
Redskins are getting a lot of grief about it?

300 days ago
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