In reason No. 47 the Sacramento Kings are moving to Southern California, we have word that there have been talks with federal trademark office.
A report surfaced Wednesday that four potential nicknames — including the “Anaheim Royals” — have been applied for patents through a lawyer working for the Maloofs. The other nicknames are the “Los Angeles Royals,” “Anaheim Royals of Southern California” and “Orange County Royals.”
All of this makes sense. They wouldn’t take the “Kings” nickname down to SoCal because there would be confusion with NHL Los Angeles Kings.
The “L.A. Royals” and “O.C. Royals” names are just covering their butts. Early talks of a lease say “Anaheim” has to be the first word in the name of any pro team playing in that city. That’s fallout from the local baseball team changing their name from the Anaheim Angels to the Los Angeles Angels.
Whatever you call them, don’t call them “Sacramento” because they are all but gone.
By the way, it looks like those Hardwood Classics jerseys commemorating the Cincinnati and Rochester Royals will come in handy.
Maloof attorney files trademark for ‘Anaheim Royals’ name. [Sacramento Bee]