Controversial sports team names

Published On: May 01 2013 12:36:50 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 18 2014 09:20:48 AM CDT

With the United States Patent and Trademark Office canceling the Washington Redskins trademark registration, take a look at other sports team names and mascots that have drawn controversy over the years.

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There are varying levels of offensiveness with Native American team names and mascots. The greatest offense is taken when the logo and mascot are caricatures viewed as insulting, such as the Cleveland Indian's Chief Wahoo; when the name of the team is often regarded as a racial slur, such as Redskins; or the behavior of the mascot or fans is based upon popular images of Indians which trivializes authentic native cultures. Take a look at many different sports team names and mascots that have drawn controversy over the years.

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