Pushback From The Hogs Ahead of Mascot Unveiling | Washington Commanders
Updated: May 5
By Adam Aniba
This Sunday Washington is preparing to unveil their new mascot, after fan voting takes place with the choices being "HOGS" and "DOGS". Unfortunately Owner Daniel Snyder once again believes he doesn't have to compensate the LCC "O-Line Entertainment", which is comprised of former Redskins Joe Jacoby, Doc Walker, John Riggins among others who represent the iconic HOGS.
O-Line Entertainment filed for "Hogs" and "Original Hogs" this past summer with the US Patent and Trademark Office with the trademark expected to be awarded in early January '23.
"We've made it clear to them that we believe they'd be infringing on the trademark, and they need to arrange a licensing deal with the players. They have refused to do that."
Per The Washington Times, O-Line Entertainment Attorney Seth Berenzweig believes the Commanders owner cannot continue business as usual, without adequate compensation to the former Redskins alum.
"The Commanders are using the original HOGS brand for commercial purposes with NO compensation to the man whose blood & sweat equity built the original HOGS brand 40 years ago."
A small group of fans on social media, believe that this move by the HOGS is petty and they should simply just allow the team to use to name as the new mascot unimpeded.
When is enough, enough though, when it comes to Snyder capitalizing off of former players and a once proud history of greatness without proper compensation. I for one applaud the actions of Riggins, Walker & Jacoby and hope they stonewall Snyder's effort to capitalize off of their name.