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Supreme Court ruling on trademarks expected to help Redskins

Scot McCloughan was fired by the Washington Redskins in March, a move that ended a brief run with the team that began with optimism and ended under a cloud of rumors and suspicion. McCloughan is no longer tied to the ‘Skins, so why not do something with what we presume is a sizable amount of team merch? McCloughan’s visual trademark with Washington was a camouflage Redskins cap, and that’s one of the items he’s now put up for auction on eBay. In his opinion for the court, Justice Samuel Alito rejected arguments that trademarks are government speech, not private speech. Alito also said trademarks are not immune from First Amendment protection as part of a government program or subsidy. Tam insisted he was not trying to be offensive, but wanted to transform a derisive term into a statement of pride. The Redskins also contend their name honors American Indians, but…

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Dontari Poe, Atlanta Falcons agree on one-year deal

cheap jerseys Dimitroff wound up keeping his gig with reduced power. New coach Dan Quinn was given control of the 53-man roster and reported directly to Blank. Scott Pioli, Dimitroff’s close friend, assumed greater responsibility with the NFL draft and pro scouting. Dimitroff’s status remained precarious after Quinn piloted the Falcons to an 8-8 season in 2015, requiring Blank to pen a statement after the season simply to say Dimitroff wasn’t getting fired. His excellent working relationship with Quinn was cited as the primary reason. But the team’s recent drafts should have been. The 2016 Falcons proved once again how quickly NFL teams can hashtag rise up with a few good drafts, especially when a franchise quarterback is in place. Only six current starters were on the team in 2013. Dimitroff and Pioli unearthed 10 starters in the last three drafts, highlighted by Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman, Pro…

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Dwight Freeney signs contract with Atlanta Falcons

wholesale cheap jerseys Coach Dan Quinn said Thursday that he wanted to see Jones “explode pain-free” before green-lighting him for Sunday. That obviously didn’t happen, leaving Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel to operate as the team’s top two receivers against the Niners. If there’s a week to sit Jones, this would be it. The 49ers are allowing more points per game than any team in the league while the versatile Falcons are scoring more per tilt than anyone else. With Jones out of the lineup last week, the Falcons still dropped 42 points on the Rams. DENVER — The Atlanta Falcons knew the question was coming. They expected it before they ever finished celebrating their 23-16 win over the Denver Broncos, when the sweet taste of beating the defending Super Bowl champions hadn’t even settled in. It was Atlanta’s most impressive accomplishment in a season that already had begun quite…

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Washington Redskins release veteran Cullen Jenkins

cheap nfl elite jerseys After the Panthers placed and then suddenly rescinded their franchise tag on Norman, the All-Pro signed a five-year deal with Washington, becoming the most valuable cornerback in the league at $15 million a year. Norman’s absence in Carolina’s secondary was immediately felt at the start of the season, most notably against the Falcons during Julio Jones’ 300-yard game, and has haunted Ron Rivera and Dave Gettleman throughout the year. Meanwhile, the corner is having quite a nice season in Landover — he’s the 18th-ranked cornerback in the league according to Pro Football Focus — and is proving wrong those who suggested he was a product of a Carolina game plan that kept him away from top-tier wideouts. Of course, Norman has a massive chip on his shoulder, saying earlier this week that he’s as eager to match up against his former team “just as much as…