Controversial sports team names

Published On: May 01 2013 01:36:50 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 15 2014 11:40:59 AM EDT

With the Washington Redskins filing an appeal Thursday seeking to overturn a decision stripping the franchise of its trademark protection, take a look at other sports team names and mascots that have drawn controversy over the years.

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The Washington Redskins filed an appeal Aug. 14 seeking to overturn a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision that stripped the franchise of its trademark protection. In canceling the trademark, the office called the NFL team's name "disparaging to Native Americans." The move, which if upheld on appeal would prevent the team from having exclusive right to the trademark, comes after leaders in Congress and President Barack Obama have come out against the name over the past year.

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