Punxsutawney Phil and his shadow won’t be the only stars on Groundhog Day next month.
The Washington soccer team revealed Tuesday that it will announce the name and logo of its new team on February 2, just 11 days before the Super Bowl. While we don’t know what the new name will be, team president Jason Wright told everyone which it wouldn’t be: Wolves or Red Wolves.
Those names were two of the most popular with fans, but Wright explained why WFT wouldn’t move forward with either one.
At first we understood that Wolves, or some variation of it, was one of our fan favorites. As I’ve said all along, we take our fans’ feedback very seriously, and because of their interest in this name, we’ve included the Wolves in a list of options to explore further. However, once we started investigating the Wolves, we realized a notable challenge: the trademarks of other teams would limit our ability to make the name our own. And without Wolves, variations like RedWolves wouldn’t have been viable either for these and other reasons.
By understanding the weight and importance of our team name and the enthusiasm for other naming options, both internally and within our fanbase, we didn’t want to risk taking a path that could be fraught with legal hurdles. The prospect of years of litigation was not something we wanted you, our fans, to have to endure as you begin embracing a new brand.
WFT dropped a hint about the new team name?
Wright gave no obvious clues about the new team name, but the fact that WFT chose Groundhog Day to reveal the new brand could be significant. Could they be setting the stage for the Washington Groundhogs?
It’s possible, but a new team name has been unveiled: the Washington Admirals. Whoever owns the WashingtonAdmirals.com domain name decided they should redirect it to the Washington soccer team website.
That seems like a clear indication, although we will have to wait until February 2 to be sure. Unfortunately, despite your dedication to avoiding legal trouble, there could be one on the horizon.
If you go to https://t.co/H5O5B2VcGx, it takes you to the Washington soccer team website.
There is already a DC team called Admirals, which is part of Major League Quidditch https://t.co/5nqF9UV9kw pic.twitter.com/7ksS2jILeB
Yes, a “Quidditch” team currently calls itself the Admirals of Washington. While Quidditch is a simulated sport played with brooms in the Harry Potter books, it has made its way into the real world (albeit sadly without magically levitating brooms). Could Washington hear from Major League Quidditch lawyers in the near future? It’s possible, but at this point we don’t even know if Washington is really picking the Admirals as its new team name. Even if they are, WFT is probably not losing sleep over choosing the same name as a team that plays a sport that most people believe exists only in books and movies.