Major League Lacrosse trademarks Dallas Rattlers

Many in Rochester wondering about fate of Rochester team

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Major League Lacrosse LLC. filed a trademark for Dallas Rattlers last Friday. 

On October 13, MLL filed the trademark, which includes a similar logo to the current Rochester Rattlers logo of a snake wrapped around the team name. 

The filings included requests for a trademark, and a service mark for three different logos. The first is the logo including the snake. The second includes the same Dallas Rattlers lettering as the first logo, but without the snake. The third filing includes only the team name in simple lettering.

One of the reasons provided for the trademark is listed as:

"Entertainment in the nature of lacrosse games, competitions and tournaments; entertainment, namely, participation in lacrosse games and competitions."

According to an article in Inside Lacrosse, the MLL Commissioner David Gross explained:

"The potential option of having the Rattlers in Dallas has been openly discussed for a couple of years now. As with keeping all potential options open we filed for a trademark, have obtained a domain name and social media handles. This is not the first time the league has done this as a way to keep our potential options from being encumbered."

The Rochester Rattlers were one of the original 4 teams started by the MLL in 2001. 


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