There will be no Amarillo Gold Sox playing in the independent American Association in 2011, as the city of Marysville trademarked the Gold Sox name during the days of the old indy Western League days — and they’re not allowing its use in Texas.
Southern Independent Baseball and GM Mark Lee had made the announcement of the team name without a trademark search; if they had hit TESS they would have found the city filed for the mark way back in 2002. After the announcement, they were informed by the city and the owners of the summer-collegiate Marysville Gold Sox that the name was protected; Bob Bavasi says they lease the name from the city and are not interested in selling permission to the team to an Amarillo team because of competitive reasons.
One option, according to Lee, is just to go with Amarillo Sox and throw gold on everything. Whether that remains the ultimate solution remains to be seen.
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