“Only in DC can you watch your team win the World Cup, and then go right up to the sovereign territory of the country you beat to taunt them (well, not only in DC, I guess if you happen to be near the actual country, but you get the idea).”
My friend went to the baseball game yesterday and brought all the goods to tailgate, as he has done for already this season as well as most games for the past 4 years. He was told that tailgating AND BEER was no longer allowed in the parking lot. This is unbelievable! Have you or other readers heard anything about this?! Is it just certain lots that you can’t tailgate in???? Was it an April Fools joke in July?! Please advise…”
“Traffic may be impacted in and around RFK Stadium on Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd in conjunction with the Volkswagen Rallycross DC.
Motorists could encounter possible delays if operating in the vicinity of this event and may wish to consider alternative routes. The Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Department of Transportation also wish to remind motorists in the vicinity of this event to proceed with caution, as increased pedestrian traffic can be anticipated.”
From Events DC:
“A thrilling new track layout was unveiled for Volkswagen Rallycross DC, the third round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Series taking place on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds June 21-22. The exciting 0.5-mile, combination tarmac and dirt course features 10 turns of varying radius and speed, and the famous Red Bull Global Rallycross jump.
“We think it’s pretty cool to offer professional racing right here in our nation’s capital, and certainly Volkswagen Rallycross DC will be one of the District’s most exciting events of the summer,” said Erik A. Moses, managing director of Events DC’s Sports and Entertainment Division. “Fans all around the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds will have great views of the race course.”
The two-day, action-packed event will feature live music, food, entertainment, a VIP club and plenty of great racing. The main event on Sun., June 22 airs live on NBC at 2 p.m. ET. For tickets and more information, please visit redbullglobalrallycross/dc or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.
Event attendees are invited to bring non-perishable food items or toiletries to donate to SOME (So Others Might Eat), a D.C.-based charity dedicated to serving the poor and homeless in Washington, D.C. SOME barrels will be stationed at Festival Grounds entrances to accept all donations.”
“USPTO just cancelled the Redskins trademarks. Suck it Snyder.”
From the UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE ruling:
“As explained below, we decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled be cause they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered, in violation of Section 2(a) of the Trademark Act of 1946, 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a). This decision concerns only the statutory right to registration under Section 2(a). We lack statutory authority to issue rulings concerning the right to use trademarks.”
So for our lawyers out there what exactly does that mean?
Update Statement by Bob Raskopf, Trademark Attorney for the Washington Redskins:
“The following is a statement by Bob Raskopf, trademark attorney for the Washington Redskins, regarding today’s split decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board:
“We’ve seen this story before. And just like last time, today’s ruling will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo.
‘Redskins Are Denied Trademarks’
-Washington Post, April 3, 1999
‘Redskins Can Keep Trademark, Judge Rules’
-Washington Post, October 2, 2003
We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s divided ruling will be overturned on appeal. This case is no different than an earlier case, where the Board cancelled the Redskins’ trademark registrations, and where a federal district court disagreed and reversed the Board.
As today’s dissenting opinion correctly states, “the same evidence previously found insufficient to support cancellation” here “remains insufficient” and does not support cancellation.
This ruling – which of course we will appeal – simply addresses the team’s federal trademark registrations, and the team will continue to own and be able to protect its marks without the registrations. The registrations will remain effective while the case is on appeal. (more…)
“In two weeks, D.C. United fans, supporters and community groups have their first opportunity to tell the city council that it’s time to build A STADIUM FOR ALL. As the World Cup kicks off an exciting summer of soccer, the time is now to let the D.C. Council know you support building a new stadium.
We hope you will take time to register your support at this important hearing to UniteDC to bring A STADIUM FOR ALL! The hearing will be held in the Council Hearing Room on the 5th Floor of John A. Wilson Building located at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
You can see the new renderings for the stadium here:
I have received approximately 722 emails from bars/restaurants around town about the World Cup. One that caught my eye was from Dacha Beer Garden at 7th and Q Street, NW:
“Team Dacha is gearing up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup! We can’t wait to host our friends and neighbors to cheer on teams from around the globe (not just Germany!) during each game. We’re happy to announce that we’ll be open every day at 12:00 noon and airing every World Cup match.
We have installed 3 large (65″) flat screen TVs exclusively for the tournament. All matches will be aired and Dacha will open at 12pm (noon) for the entire duration of the World Cup – June 12th through July 13th.
Soccer fans can enjoy an extended Happy Hour, Monday through Thursday, lasting from Noon to 7pm including $5 singles and $10 boots of select drafts. Fuel that football fever with traditional brats, pretzels and Dacha’s ‘special sauce,’ the grill will be fired up every day of the week!
We’ll be hosting raffles and games on a daily basis to award fans and customers with special-edition Weihenstephan World Cup commemorative glasses and t-shirts.”
For those who are going to watch – where are you thinking about going?
And Columbia Heights’ Le Caprice has baked up some cookies too:
Photo from last World Cup in the Circle by PoPville flickr user ep_jhu
Back in December we heard that World Cup watching hoped to come back to Dupont Circle. Happy to report that the deal was sealed last Friday and it’s now official for Thursday June 26th – USA vs Germany. @DupontFestival and @GermanyinUSA both tweeted the good news:
“Are you ready for #WorldCup2014? Watch the game with us in #DupontCircle!”