Whose assets are they anyway?

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I may have pointed this out before, but trade mark …

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I may have pointed this out before, but trade mark UK00002364579 (owned by Sportsdirect.com Retail Limited) covers the use of the name Rangers in a whole bunch of situations, including the “organisation of sporting events and competitions” and “presentation of live performances”. Rangers Retail Limited have exclusive licence RC000015048 under this trade mark which allows them to use the name Rangers, but only on various types of merchandise. It looks to me very much like a Cease & Desist could leave Rangers in the same “no name no logo” situation Steaua Bucharest found themselves in last year over a trade mark dispute with the Romanian Army.
Of course, if such a hypothetical event came to pass, the SPFL would surely need to take some action to protect the integrity of the competition. 24

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Deekbhoy 6th November 2015 at 4:38 pm

Seems to be a lack of clarity of the timeframe for any appeal in the BTC case. I have seen 28, 42 and even 56 mentioned. Obviously the Football Authorities cannot act on the ruling at this stage until the time laspses for the appeal or any such appeal is heard.

I would actually beg to differ. LNS reached a conclusion, based on an assumption that has now been proven false, before the appeals process was exhausted. By the same token, the SFA/SPFL must now revisit the case and apply an appropriate sanction, which in my view should be no less than the stripping of all honours won in the years concerned. If HMRC subsequently lost an appeal to the Supreme Court, those honours may be returned. In the meantime, each time the current Rangers take to the field wearing a crest with five stars, they should face a disrepute charge.

I also think we could use a snappy slogan for hashtags and the like, and would suggest #settherecordstraight. Any barbs this might appear to contain are of course totally coincidental.


Whose assets are they anyway?
zerotolerance1903 2nd November 2015 at 3:31 pm

Presumably TRFC would, in this situation, argue that any insolvency event was their first ?

If the 5-way agreement really does state that Rangers would accept Oldco’s punishments, 25 points it is. And even if it doesn’t, the SFA licence was transferred from Oldco to Newco, so the penalty for a second insolvency event should follow it.


Whose assets are they anyway?
justshatered 25th October 2015 at 8:29 pm

Given all that I’ve written above the only possibility is Boston. Notre Dam University and the facilities that they have could be utilised to ‘seed the franchise in’ until it can stand on it’s own two feet financially.

Notre Dame, home of the Fighting Irish, is in Indiana. Oddly enough, though, their big “Holy War” rival is Boston College, and I’d agree that Boston would be the natural choice for a Celtic franchise, not least since there are already three New York clubs in the top two tiers of US soccer, but only MLS side New England Revolution in the Boston area. There may however be some potential confusion with the Boston Celtics.


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