Edmonton – The National League of Football may return the name of the historic team that will have a familiar ring – and sometimes controversial – for fans of the Canadian network.
Records from the US Patent Office show that the NFL last week applied for a trademark for Duluth Eskimos.
The Duluth team was in the American league between 1923-1925.
The request says the league hopes to use the trademark for professional football games and broadcasts – and even a team amulet.
The commercial lawyer, based in Washington, says that it is illegal in the United States to apply for a trademark unless there is a plan to actually use it.
He assumes the submission may be tied to the season's 100th year of the NFL.
Gerben notes that the Canadian Federal League already owns the trademark for the word "Eskimos" in both Canada and the US.
Edmonton Eskimos have been struggling with accusations that their team name is obsolete and reputable.