It’s still the most common question people want to know, when are we getting a name? Jerseys? Colors? The answers are still somewhat of a mystery, but the keeper of the info, Murray Craven has been dropping hints over the past few weeks and it appears they are starting to get close.
Craven, The Creator‘s advisor, is still pretty coy on the subjects and he almost always drops in the caveat of “in the end it’s up to Bill,” but he has been giving out some pretty pertinent stuff recently.
First off, the September to October timeline might be moving up.
Craven hopes to unveil the name in “the next few weeks,” but that’s not entirely up to the organization. They’re working closely with the NHL to thoroughly vet all serious options, including looking into trademark and copyright issues. –Case Keefer, Las Vegas Sun
Remember when Black Knights was the far and away leader? Maybe not so much anymore.
They don’t have to worry because Black Knights won’t be the name. Silver Knights? There’s a good chance. But only Bill Foley knows for sure.
— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) August 1, 2016
@M_R_1977 It will not be the Black Knights.
— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) August 2, 2016
How about Rat Pack? C’mon, it’s a good name…
He ruled out anything to do with snakes or the Rat Pack and purchased multiple website domain names to cover the eventual decision. –Chris Kudialis, Las Vegas Sun
That pretty clearly kills off names like Venom, Sidewinders, Vipers, and anything else that has to due with slithery stuff, but seems like Scorpions could still be in the mix.
Before the team was announced, black, gold, and grey were non-negotiable. That was before Adidas’ master negotiators came into play.
The whole color scheme Adidas is talking about is something Bill has considered too. The most welcome thing they had was when Bill said it doesn’t have to be this, this, this, that I’m open to suggestions. So don’t handcuff the creative team at Adidas and the league, let’s listen a fair amount. -Craven on SportsBook Radio w/ Brian Blessing
On the domain names. We’ve been doing a lot of research on this and it’s truly difficult to figure out which the team owns and which they don’t. Back in 2013 Fidelity National Financial bought up just about every domain that had to do with the name Black Jacks. Obviously that name has been ruled out due to gambling connection, but it did give us the clue the organization was buying domains under their own name at one point. Both VegasWantsHockey.com and VegasIsHockey.com are owned by Sebastiani Vineyards, one of The Creator’s wineries.
But here’s where it starts to get complicated. It’s been mentioned a number of times that they own domains connected to Silver Knights. When researching we found, many are owned by Moniker Privacy Services from Fort Lauderdale, FL. Some are owned by Christie Clark, who can be connected to The Creator through the Folded Flag Foundation. And finally, others are owned by Dan Trask, who is a “serial domainer,” and has no connection to Las Vegas. And finally there’s LasVegasSilverKnights.com and LVSilverKnights.com, arguably the best two domain names, are listed for sale on eBay. When you start getting into other names, it gets even more convoluted.
Maybe the oddest thing we discovered in searching domains is who turned up as the owner of LasVegasAces.com. Yeah, that’s right, it’s MGM Resorts.
In conclusion on domain names, it’s become nearly impossible to decipher who is who anymore. On trademarks, aside from the Black Knights submission, which is dead, no other applications appear on file with United States Patent and Trademark Office concerning the possible names that have been discussed.
So what have we learned? Basically nothing, but hey, at least you are up to date now.