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Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 6:00 pm

A federal agency has withdrawn trademark protection for the Washington Redskins, a member of the NFL, because it said the name is an insult to native Americans, usually referred to as Indians. Is this really an insult or is it just another one of those politically misguided incorrectness matters?

A three-judge panel at the Patent & Trademark Office ruled 2-1 that the name wasn’t worthy of federal trademark protection. According to reports, the decision threatens millions of dollars the Redskins and the National Football League make from selling merchandise and sponsorships. The decision is expected to be appealed. That will delay any potential effect of the decision for years.

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