Not to Mention All Those Air Balls

By July 26, 2008Energy

Daily Oklahoman:

The NBA filed for trademark rights to six nicknames for Oklahoma City’s franchise on Monday – Barons, Bison, Energy, Marshalls, Thunder and Wind, according to the United States Patent and Trademark office.

Well, then….

A coalition of Oklahoma environmental groups immediately filed suit in federal court, arguing that the application for the nickname “Oklahoma City Energy” failed to take into account the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency must regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

“Any team name like ‘Energy’ that promotes more CO2 production must be approved through an extensive federal permitting process that allows public comment,” said Nell E. Johnston, executive director of the group, Red Dirt/Green Earth.

Johnston said the Tulsa-based environmentalist organization was also considering filing suit against the proposed name, “Barons,” given its allusion to “Oil Barons” and the recent signing of Baron Davis with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The former Seattle Supersonics basketball team appears to be leaning toward the name, Thunder. A website was recently registered under that nickname.

“Thunder would be OK,” Johnston said. “With the rise of killer thunderstorms because of additional global warming, well, we consider ‘Thunder’ fitting.”

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