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St.Louis using Rams name in the CFL

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Can St.Louis use the Rams team name in the CFL? Or would the big bad NFL take legal action against any team using the Rams name like they against Baltimore using the Colts?  Also I'm assuming the franchise can't use the navy & old gold team colors, not to mention any logos resembling what the Ram NFL franchise used, right?

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54 minutes ago, Tygers09 said:

Can St.Louis use the Rams team name in the CFL? Or would the big bad NFL take legal action against any team using the Rams name like they against Baltimore using the Colts?  Also I'm assuming the franchise can't use the navy & old gold team colors, not to mention any logos resembling what the Ram NFL franchise used, right?

 

I would imagine Goodell's fleet of lawyers would have a field day with that one, let alone Stan Kroenke. Besides they wouldn't let Baltimore use the Colts name during the mid 90s US expansion, so why would they let any football team use the Rams...its a nice theory though

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The NFL would sue.  

 

Because of course they should.   That would be an incredibly stupid name to adopt, as stupid as it would be wrong. 

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Baltimore tried this in the 90's with their CFL team.  They were called the "Colts". Then the "CFL Colts", then the "CFL's", then the "Stallions". Then they became the Montreal Alouettes.

 

Long story short. It would not work out well for them.

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For the record, the CFL team was never named the Baltimore Colts.  They started off as the Baltimore CFL Colts in an (unsuccessful) effort to distinguish themselves from the NFL team.

 

That said, Webhamster is right  . . . it would not work out well for them.

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The best thing about the CFL Colts is that (IIRC) when they won their Grey Cup they were known as the "CFL's".

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17 minutes ago, FGM13 said:

The best thing about the CFL Colts is that (IIRC) when they won their Grey Cup they were known as the "CFL's".

 

Per Wikipedia:

 

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Just before the start of the 1995 season [the season in which they won the Grey Cup], a name-the-team fan poll was held to decide a new team name. After the team finished the first week of its second season still calling itself "the Baltimore Football Club," the fan poll ended; Speros publicly announced that Baltimore's team would be known as the "Baltimore Stallions".

 

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1 hour ago, FGM13 said:

The best thing about the CFL Colts is that (IIRC) when they won their Grey Cup they were known as the "CFL's".

 

1 hour ago, officeglenn said:

 

Per Wikipedia:

 

Just before the start of the 1995 season [the season in which they won the Grey Cup], a name-the-team fan poll was held to decide a new team name. After the team finished the first week of its second season still calling itself "the Baltimore Football Club," the fan poll ended; Speros publicly announced that Baltimore's team would be known as the "Baltimore Stallions".

 

Right.  In the 1994 Grey Cup game they were officially "the Baltimore Football Club" (not a bad name!), unofficially the "CFLs".  But they became the Stallions for the 1995 season.

Anyway, there is a team called the "Lions" in both leagues, and nobody complains about that.  So there logically should be no problem with a CFL team called the "Colts" or the "Rams", no matter what city they play in.  Also, there are at least two recently-defunct indoor football teams that were called the "Raiders": the Richmond Raiders of the PIFL and the River City Raiders of the AIF (a league which also had a team called the Columbus Lions).  The NFL never went after them.  It's too bad that a court, in granting the NFL's injunction against the Baltimore CFL Colts, allowed the NFL to bully another league.  (Even though the resulting name "Baltimore Stallions" is a much better name than "Baltimore Colts".)

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Same sport in the same city having the same name is the issue. It can easily cause confusion to the casual fan as to what team it is. There is no way the NFL would allow another league to open up shop in a former city of theirs and name themselves after a former team.

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2 hours ago, officeglenn said:
47 minutes ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

Right.  In the 1994 Grey Cup game they were officially "the Baltimore Football Club" (not a bad name!), unofficially the "CFLs".  But they became the Stallions for the 1995 season.

 

 

I remember it well.  I still have a Baltimore Stallions t-shirt in my closet.

 

Stallions was a good name.  However, having been born in 1967 and lived in Maryland all my life (minus college), I'm still partial to Colts (Robert Irsay notwithstanding).

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48 minutes ago, leopard88 said:

 

I remember it well.  I still have a Baltimore Stallions t-shirt in my closet.

 

Stallions was a good name.  However, having been born in 1967 and lived in Maryland all my life (minus college), I'm still partial to Colts (Robert Irsay notwithstanding).

 

I was just in Baltimore on two separate occasions.  The first time (he bragged) was when I rode my bike from New York to Washington; and the second time was just to visit the city and to ride my bike around its streets.  I was pleased to find that, on the site of Memorial Stadium, where the Stallions played, there is a public park with a baseball diamond and football goal posts laid out in the same positions that they were in the old stadium.

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I'd imagine they would have to try and go the Oakland Invaders route (when the Raiders moved to Los Angeles). Similar but not the same. Easier said than done.

 

St. Louis Bams

St. Louis Hams

St. Louis Cams

St. Louis Dams

 

or what about after their first football team... St. Louis Red Birds

 

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Is this just a wish or might it happen?

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4 minutes ago, fumbler said:

Is this just a wish or might it happen?

 

Insane LSD-induced delusional hypothetical.

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14 minutes ago, rams80 said:

 

Insane LSD-induced delusional hypothetical.

 

Nice day for it.

 

Would be awesome to see the CFL expand to a 12 team comp though.

 

 

If they did want to expand?

Without heading to the US you could slide an extra side into the Toronto Area with Mississauga or Brampton (South Ontario or East Toronto).

London would be another place that could handle a side.

Sudbury has a decent population and far enough away from existing sides.

Halifax for the Atlantic area.

Burnaby-Surrey would take up a spot in the west (East Vancouver or Vancouver Districts)

Vancouver Island could also be a west team.

 

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This was more of a legal question, not whether it would happen or not.

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