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ArtMonkDrillz 03-09-2006 12:52 PM

Hail to Washington Walmart
 
[url="http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=361136&cc=5901"]http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=361136&cc=5901[/url]

So when the P.C. police finally get to Danny Boy and force him to change the team name, does anyone think that he'll go this route and just sell the team name to the highest bidder?

A co-worker and I think that in a few years we could be signing "Hail to the Walmart!" on Sundays.

Some other idea: Washington Fightin' Goldenpalacecasino.com
Exxon Mobil Drillers of Washington
Washington Haliburton Shotguns
Washington Ronald McDonald's presented by Coca-Cola
The Pepsi Generation NeXt of Washington
The Ragin' Trump Real Estates of Washington


ok, I need to get back to work before I get fired, but any other suggestions?

bjschmonsees 03-09-2006 12:59 PM

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This may get me flamed, but I love soccer. However, this is the lamest thing I have ever seen. It just shows how hurting MLS is for cash.

How about The Washington UAE Port Authority...

Long Live DC United!
Go Arsenal!

firstdown 03-09-2006 01:00 PM

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Thats a soccer team which struggle in the US. Danny is making to much money to sell off any of the team.

Skins fan 44 03-09-2006 01:05 PM

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Nah Danny will just keep raising ticket prices before that happens.

ArtMonkDrillz 03-09-2006 01:14 PM

Re: Hail to Washington Walmart
 
What if he's forced to change the team name, you don't think he'd sell it jsut to make a few extra bucks? I think that the Washington Orbit.com's has a nice ring to it.





(ps, this was sort of a joke idea because my job is boring)

That Guy 03-09-2006 01:14 PM

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imagine how much money you could get for renaming the team... tens of millions a year at least.

backrow 03-09-2006 01:39 PM

Re: Hail to Washington Walmart
 
At first I thought this was a move to be PC, but now I think I see what you are saying.

onlydarksets 03-09-2006 02:03 PM

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[QUOTE=That Guy]imagine how much money you could get for renaming the team... tens of millions a year at least.[/QUOTE]

No joke - just renaming the stadium brought in a few extra million a year.

onlydarksets 03-09-2006 02:04 PM

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Correction - $7.6 million per year
[url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FedEx_Field[/url]

That Guy 03-09-2006 02:09 PM

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the team gets mentioned soo much more often than the stadium (daily on nfl network and espn during the season), so you'd figure you might get 30+mill a year from that... some crazy number.

onlydarksets 03-09-2006 02:13 PM

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Yeah, I think it's going to be a silly-high number if it ever happens. I'm sure the league would demand a huge cut of that, though!

Mc2guy 03-09-2006 04:29 PM

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Hi ya'll, long-time lurker, first-time poster.

Not that this is a real serious thread, but I have major doubts that the revenue from team naming rights would equilibrate to, or exceed, the revenue from trademarked team merchandise sales.

The whole point of the recent lawsuit against the "Redskins" trademark, was to usurp the copyright protection on the name. Doing so would effectively force the Danny to drop the name since he would no longer be raking in the millions in merchandising revenue associated with the Redskins name. As I seem to recall, the Skins are in the top 3 of team merchandise sales along with Pittsburg and Dallas.

Danny won't sell the naming rights to the team under any circumstances, it just doesn't make fiscal sense. Even if eventually the name is un-copyrighted, he'll pick something different and copyright that.

Mc2guy

onlydarksets 03-09-2006 04:35 PM

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Welcome!

What you say makes sense, unless he can recoup in licensing fees from a "name brand" what he would lose in licensing fees by owning the name. I don't know what the numbers are, so I can't say if that's a likely scenario or not.

That Guy 03-09-2006 06:20 PM

Re: Hail to Washington Walmart
 
[QUOTE=Mc2guy]Hi ya'll, long-time lurker, first-time poster.

Not that this is a real serious thread, but I have major doubts that the revenue from team naming rights would equilibrate to, or exceed, the revenue from trademarked team merchandise sales.

The whole point of the recent lawsuit against the "Redskins" trademark, was to usurp the copyright protection on the name. Doing so would effectively force the Danny to drop the name since he would no longer be raking in the millions in merchandising revenue associated with the Redskins name. As I seem to recall, the Skins are in the top 3 of team merchandise sales along with Pittsburg and Dallas.

Danny won't sell the naming rights to the team under any circumstances, it just doesn't make fiscal sense. Even if eventually the name is un-copyrighted, he'll pick something different and copyright that.

Mc2guy[/QUOTE]

if they were the walmarts, people would still buy the new jersey's... though there'd obviously be a backlash and losts sales of some sort.

PWNED 03-09-2006 08:52 PM

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definitely. i mean regardless of "love" for a team, changing the name would instantly cause people to lose the connection they have with the team. not necessarily making them worse fans, but if the skins had to change their name it would be horrible. its got a LOT of tradition behind it.


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