The recently-relocated San Antonio Stars could become the Las Vegas Stars for the 2018 WNBA season, if a trademark application is approved.
In October, it was announced that MGM Resorts International had purchased the San Antonio Stars and would relocate the club to Las Vegas for 2018 and beyond. The team is slated to play its games at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
An October 14 application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office seeks to keep the Stars moniker with the move, effectively meaning that the club would become the Las Vegas Stars. No decision has been issued to this point, but the Las Vegas Stars name was previously used by another Las Vegas professional sports franchise–baseball’s Las Vegas 51s (Class AAA; Pacific Coast league)–and the Las Vegas Stars Baseball Team filing is live. More from The Las Vegas Review-Journal:
When reached for comment Tuesday morning, MGM spokesman Scott Ghertner said he hadn’t heard about the team name and would neither confirm nor deny it.
“The fact that they filed means that’s the name they want,” said Jennifer Ko Craft, an intellectual property attorney in Las Vegas and a partner at Dickinson Wright. “We don’t know if they’ll actually get it yet, because it hasn’t been examined.”
Las Vegas’ minor league baseball team, the 51s of the Pacific Coast League, were called the Las Vegas Stars from 1983 to 2000, and records show that a filing for “Las Vegas Stars Baseball Team” is still live. Team President Don Logan confirmed that Minor League Baseball still owns that particular trademark.
MGM Resorts International purchased the Stars from Spurs Sports & Entertainment. Prior to the relocation, the club played its home games at San Antonio’s AT&T Center.
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