The Kings have been hinting about a move to Anaheim for months. Many people think it is already a done deal. Could this information be the smoking gun?
You make the call.
News10 Exclusive: While the Sacramento Kings ponder a move to Anaheim, they may already be laying the groundwork for a name change.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office received an application on March 3 by a Nevada corporation seeking exclusive rights to use the name “Los Angeles Royals.”
The web domain losangelesroyals.com was registered the day before.
The Nevada corporation is the Crickets Corp., represented by Sacramento attorney Scott Hervey. Hervey specializes in intellectual property issues and also represents the Maloof family, owners of the Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.
The Kings played for years in Kansas City and Rochester as the Royals, and have lately been wearing their retro Royals jerseys in home games.
This sounds pretty convincing to me. If it is true, I do feel bad for the city of Sacramento, who have been loyal fans of the Kings for a long time—but that hasn’t stop teams from moving before.
See the Seattle Sonics.