It's been 20 years since a professional football game was played in Los Angeles. For our second-largest city, with all of its wealth, entrepreneurial spirit and energy, that's simply not acceptable. True, you have near-professional quality some years with UCLA and USC. Unfortunately, it's not quite the same.
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While this is the first step in what could become a lengthy judicial proceeding, it reflects a growing recognition in our country that we have begun to move beyond the racial slurs of the past. It is no longer acceptable in our multicultural nation to insult each other based on the color of our skin, our heritage, or our religion.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name "Washington Redskins" on Wednesday on the grounds that the football team’s name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus in violation of federal trademark laws banning offensive or disparaging language.