In January of 2017, the NFL trademark office received a request from a company named The Red Sox LLC to register the team’s trademark for the word “red.”
As part of the process, the team had to fill out the required forms to obtain the trademark, and then wait for the trademark to be granted.
The Red Star owners wanted the trademark as soon as possible, and the NFL had been working with them for months.
The team and the league agreed that the trademark should be granted, but the process took time.
The process was fraught with challenges, with the trademark office trying to sort through the myriad of paperwork and red tape that went into getting the trademark.
The first obstacle the team and NFL had to overcome was finding an agent who would represent the Red Sox, and getting an agent to represent the trademark would require the team to pay an agent fee.
As part for this, the Red Star team hired former New York Jets player and New York Giants player-turned-NFL agent Jason La Canfora.
The company La Can fora was working with, Sperling, was a new company that had just started up in December, and it was unclear whether the NFL would pay for its costs.
In the end, the league and the Red Stars team agreed to pay the $60,000 Sperlings fee.
That meant the Red Stockings team had a pretty good shot at getting the RedStar trademark, but at the same time it left the NFL with a few questions.
What is the trademark?