The newest court case against the Washington Redskins name begins on Thursday. A group of Native Americans will present their case to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board arguing that the Redskins should lose their federal trademark protection.
This same board ruled to remove the trademark protection from the Redskins in 1999, but that case was overturned on a technicality, which does not apply to the current group of plantiffs.
The Redskins name has been a debated topic through the years that has heated up once again this offseason. Vincent Gray, the mayor of D.C., said there would need to be a "discussion" about a name change if the Redskins wanted to return to the district (they currently play their games in Landover, Md.) in January. The following month Native Americans held a daylong symposium at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. discussing the offensive nature of the Redskins nickname.
In response to the new round of criticism, the team has come out in defense of its mascot and said it is not considering any name change. Depending on the results of this hearing, they may not have a choice.