Las Vegas expansion team having trademark issues with name

2:25 a.m. EDT July 14, 2016

Las Vegas owner Bill Foley would love to have a name for his expansion team, and he’s open to ideas.

Three weeks after the NHL awarded an expansion team to Foley, he said his group is having trademark issues and wants to settle on a name quickly. After naming George McPhee as his general manager, Foley expressed some impatience at how the process has stalled.

“We have a lot of names in mind, but a lot of the ones I really liked are trademarked, so that’s a little bit of an issue,” Foley said Wednesday. “I’m happy to take any suggestions anyone has for a name, particularly one that’s not already trademarked.”

Foley is a 1967 graduate of West Point and has expressed an affinity for the name “Black Knights” as a nod to the Army. Canadian sports network TSN reported Wednesday that “Knights” was likely to be the name of the Las Vegas team, which will begin play in 2017-18.

After agreeing to pay the league a $500 million expansion fee, Foley joked that he should be able to pick the name. Again he reiterated that there…

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