HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — From the Sacramento Kings to the Anaheim Royals.
It could happen.
Now that an attorney for the Maloof family, which owns the Kings, has filed for the trademark papers for the Royals name in federal court, it’s a very real possibility. The Kings have until April 18 to formally request the league allow it to move to a new city for the next season.
In the meantime, all of the possibilities are being explored, as this latest news clearly indicates.
So what do you think of the Kings becoming the “Anaheim Royals of Southern California,” per the Sacramento Bee:
“The lawyer also registered the names Orange County Royals and Los Angeles Royals on that same date.
The filings, listed on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website, are dated March 3, days after the National Basketball Association granted the Kings an extended period to consider moving the team to Anaheim for the upcoming season.
NBA Commissioner David Stern confirmed the Kings have been in talks with Honda Center officials in Orange County.
Kings officials have declined to discuss any potential move. The attorney who filed the trademark names, Scott Hervey, could not be immediately reached Wednesday afternoon. Hervey is listed in federal registries as the “correspondent” for the Maloof Cup, a skateboard competition run by Joe and Gavin Maloof, co-owners of the Kings.
Also, on Feb. 23, an unknown entity filed for control of the Internet domain names “anaheimroyals.com” and “laroyals.com.
It will definitely take some getting used to, if the Kings do make the move. We’re still deciding here at the hideout exactly how we feel about this whole thing.