SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) — The application for several trademarks may indicate that the owners of the Sacramento Kings are preparing to move the franchise to Southern California.
A Sacramento attorney representing the team’s owners filed for at least four federal trademark registrations this month as they explore a move to Anaheim.
Among the names filed for according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s website were:
Anaheim Royals, Anaheim Royals of Southern California, Orange County Royals and Los Angeles Royals. The filing was made by attorney Scott Hervey on behalf of the Crickets Corp., a Nevada-based company.
Hervey has worked for Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof in previous sports business dealings, including the Maloof Money Cup skateboarding competition in Orange County. Hervey immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. Joe Maloof declined to comment about the trademark filing.
The franchise was called the Royals in Rochester, N.Y., and Cincinnati.
The Kings have been wearing Royals uniforms for weeks as part of the NBA’s throwback jersey campaign. The team has been wearing the jerseys longer than the league required.
The Kings’ owners have until April 18 to file an official request to move the Kings.