The United States Patent and Trademark Office has denied an application to trademark the "Washington Commanders" name.

The application was denied for two reasons. The first was due to "likelihood of confusion" with the "Commanders' Classic" -- a yearly college football game between Air Force and Army -- already trademarked. 

The other stems from a pending application by Martin McCaulay, a D.C. area man who filed trademarks trying to guess the new team name.

Washington began its name-change process back in July of 2020 when it decided to retire the "Redskins" nickname, which had been associated with the team since 1933.