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RapidFire19

The future of the Mississippi Riverkings...?

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I would prefer Tupelo, but all the other cities are probably more viable.

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Any idea who might hold the rights to the Tupelo T-Rex name?  Could be an opportunity to resurrect the franchise in the SPHL.

If it's not all a bunch of hogwash to begin with, that is.

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Likelihood of hogwash aside...

Unfortunately, the T-Rex were members of the the WPHL - which became part of the CHL - which was absorbed into the ECHL. So, it seems likely that the ECHL holds the naming rights and we all know how stingy they are with that sort of thing. On a side note, there were attempts to get the T-Rex into the ACHL and the SEHL, but both were blocked by a (now-expired) non-compete clause held by the CHL.

Then again, all of that may be irrelevant - if the last league to field a team there, the junior AWHL, actually are (or were) the last to hold the rights to the name.

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I wouldn't say it's likely that the ECHL owns the rights. Most leagues are as controlling with logos/names/trademarks as the ECHL are. IIRC, the trademarks stayed with owners or fans who purchased the intellectual property. 

There was a Jr. A team under the moniker for two years and the SEHL's Tupelo attempt was going to be the T-Rex but that's when the CHL's non-compete clause came to light. If the CHL owned the name, etc. I doubt they'd let the owners of their former team continue to use the name in a Jr. league. 

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16 hours ago, Geoff said:

I wouldn't say it's likely that the ECHL owns the rights. Most leagues are as controlling with logos/names/trademarks as the ECHL are. IIRC, the trademarks stayed with owners or fans who purchased the intellectual property. 

There was a Jr. A team under the moniker for two years and the SEHL's Tupelo attempt was going to be the T-Rex but that's when the CHL's non-compete clause came to light. If the CHL owned the name, etc. I doubt they'd let the owners of their former team continue to use the name in a Jr. league. 

You can check the patent office website to see if the copyright and trademark have been abandoned.

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