U.S. Army Puts The Vegas Golden Knights Under Legal Review
Last week, after much speculation, Las Vegas announced their official team name would be the Vegas Golden Knights. Although it was widely known that owner Bill Foley preferred the moniker "Knights," several color possibilities were proposed and subsequently tossed aside as a result of trademark issues. So when the name was revealed, it seemed like Foley's administration finally found a viable solution.
Not so fast. This Monday, the Fayetteville Observer reported the Vegas Golden Knights name ran afoul of another similarly named entity: the U.S. Army's Parachute Team, which has been called the Golden Knights since the 1960s.
"We're reviewing the situation and figuring out what the way ahead would be," U.S. Army spokeswoman Alison Bettencourt told the Fayetteville Observer. "We understand that one of the Las Vegas team owners has Army connections, and will likely understand our interest in this announcement is meant to protect the proud history of the Army's Golden Knights and their vital role in telling the Army story and connecting America with their Army." She also said the Army has assigned its legal team to review the issue, but did not respond to questions on whether the Army would ask Vegas to change their name.
It's not the first time that Foley has run into a trademark dispute with the Army--the U.S. Military Academy alum initially wanted to call the new team the Black Knights, but West Point's NCAA sports teams have already claimed the legal right to that name.
However, the tables may have turned in Foley's favor this time around. He began the trademark process for the Golden Knights in August, and reportedly already obtained permission to use the name from Clarkson University, home of the Golden Knights.