This article is the work of guest blogger Felipe Diaz, a fine and enthusiastic young man from the great state of Wisconsin who is currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee studying Film Production and Marketing.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III ran into an unforeseen hurdle this offseason, and it has nothing to do with his rehabilitating from knee surgery. When the quarterback attempted to have his nicknames “RGIII” and “RG3” trademarked a company that makes suspension parts for motorcycles moved to block his filings. As we all know, merchandising is big business for professional athletes, especially charismatic quarterbacks like Griffin III, who are adept at throwing the long ball, while possessing the ability to rip off 76 yard runs. Griffin had plans on using his nickname to sell clothing and uniforms, but until the dispute is settled, that will all have to wait. The company that blocked the filings is know as Research Group 3, aka RG3, a California based company that specializes in motorcycle and ATV suspension services and products, and has previously worked with an other phenom in the sports world, Travis Pastrana. According to one lawyer, if the products or services offered by both parties were similar enough Research Group 3 would likely win out any dispute due to their seniority. The case is eerily similar to when the World Wildlife Fund sued the World Wrestling Federation for the abbreviation WWF, forcing the wrestling company to forever be known as the WWE, though I’m not sure there was every any confusion between the two to begin with. Hopefully the two parties will work it all out before it ever gets that ugly, because I would much rather see RG3 the quarterback in commercials peddling motorcycle suspension parts than be reduced to calling Griffin “El Tercero” every time he scores a TD.