Sports Direct with humiliating control


Records published by the Intellectual Property Office yesterday show Sports Direct own quite a lot of trademarks, including:

Scope of trademark: organisation of sporting activities.
This property has not been licenced to the football club, or joint ventures like Rangers Retail Ltd.  Sports Direct own the rights to call a football team Rangers.

Rangers (again)
Scope: from clothing to trinkets and everything in between.
Owned by Sports Direct, licenced to Rangers Retail Ltd

Glasgow Rangers Football Club
Scope: clothes trinkets, etc.
Owned by Sports Direct, licenced to Rangers Retail Ltd

RFC, Broxi Bear, The Gers, Follow Follow, Ibrox, Rangers News, Rangers Travel and all the crests, badges and logos are all owned by Sports Direct and licenced to Rangers Retail Ltd, which is 76% owned by the Sports Direct group.

So if the club want to call themselves Rangers, or Glasgow Rangers, they need to cut a deal with Mike Ashley.  The most humiliating aspect of the whole thing is that the new board appeared to know nothing about this until the Intellectual Property Office published the details yesterday.  The lack of due diligence is breathtaking.

The only things Ashley seems to have ignored is that pejorative nickname they complain about so much, and the phrase Murray Park, although he has security over the training ground of that name.

We warned them repeatedly.  Ashley was in control and had the opportunity to ensure he got what he wanted before the EGM.  One of the richest men in Europe, he is a formidable opponent and known to be utterly ruthless.

You can’t bully him.  Better to recognise this reality and accept your subservient future than create a scenario where even another liquidation event would not free the ‘Rangers’ football brand from the ironclad yolk of a man you’ve made your enemy.

What have the lemmings done to themselves?  We were told Mike Ashley was a business man and he would acquiesce as this was just business.  In the history of business miscalculations this is up there with the guy at Pye who rejected The Beatles.

It’s all their own work, they can’t blame the SFA, SPL, SFL, Celtic, Her Majesty’s Revenue’, the BBC or Craig Whyte.  A recovery which would have been difficult enough is now completely and predictably wrecked.

Fancy a trip to Dublin for the Ireland-Scotland game in June?  There’s a bus leaving Glasgow with Ireland and Scotland (but all Celtic) fans.  Two nights in a Dublin hotel, travel and match ticket among the Ireland fans for £200.  Let me know if you’re interested,

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  1. LiviBhoy –



    If you are lurking, I read your post from last night. Sorry to hear you are having such a tough time at work.



    I remember in January I said I had come out of early retirement and had taken up a position with a major financial institution in Edinburgh. You congratulated me and finished your comment with “any jobs going?” followed by a wee smiley face.



    I assumed you were joking, but in view of last night’s post, perhaps you were only half joking.



    I am in the I.T. side of the business, so not sure if I can help, but if you email me at we can take it from there.



    Good luck mate.

  2. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    ” change present name (legaly) to rangers of glasgow ”


    Does `rangers of glasgow` not contain the name `rangers` ? Would that be a sticking point? Have I missed the point?






  3. sixtaeseven - Gardez la Foi on

    In that list in the main article about what Sports Direct own, I didn’t see “Short and Curlies”.



    Shurely shum mishtake?



    Ha Ha



    WeDontNeedNOStinkinBadges CSC

  4. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Wee fra



    FFs .. When I logged back on it had changed from castlemilk quick news to canada quick news :)






    I’m just a wee Tim …especially when chatting to James F gang ;)

  5. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on



    Your `should be out for a few beers` has prompted me to do just that ( only I call them `pints` and not `beers` 0:-) ).Incidentally, ICT try to play football these days do should be a decent spectacle tomorrow.


    Cheerio to one and all.




  6. ..



    It (Winning the European Cup) might have been for Scotland, but it definitely wasn’t for Britain…it was for Celtic.


    Billy McNeill on European Cup Final win of 1967 (1995)




  7. TBJ



    That beer gardens gaun to yer heid. Lol



    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar. ( or Weefree as shady calls me) lol

  8. Phyllis Dietrichson on

    Delighted to hear about the statue for big Billy – surely the pose has to be the iconic one of him, tight-lipped, holding aloft the Big Cup?

  9. shady - 'mon the wee Oscar on

    Jungle Jim



    We need to remember to ask for Imperials here to get a proper pint. Easy way to spot the ex pats in the pub.



    Like you needed me to remind you to partake.




  10. .



    I Never do Politics but thought this might interest some.. From a London mate Living in China..



    The 2015 British General Election.. Capitalism’s one-horse race..




    Britain is currently in the grip of a general election campaign. Voting takes place on 7 May and election fever in the media is building as various commentators and politicians engage in empty rhetoric about British values and democratic principles. Due to the nature of the ‘first past the post’ voting system, the only two parties with a realistic hope of achieving a majority of seats in parliament are Labour and the Conservatives. As in the outgoing parliament, the party most likely to achieve third place, the Liberal Democrats, might hold the balance of power in a hung parliament.



    On TV last week there was a ‘leaders’ debate’. The issues debated revolved around the economy, the National Health Service and immigration. Leaders of the three main parties embraced a cosy consensus based on the need to continue with ‘austerity’ but quibbled over the nature or speed of cuts to the public sector and public services. The debate has set the tone for the unfolding campaign.



    All three main parties are pro-big business and are aligned with the neoliberal economic agenda set by the financial cartel based in the City of London and on Wall Street and by the major transnational corporations. The likes of Chatham House, Centre for Policy Studies, Foreign Policy Centre, Reform, Institute of Economic Affairs and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (most of which the British public have never heard of) have already determined the pro-corporate and generally pro-Washington policies that the parties will sell to the public. Pressure tactics at the top level of politics, massively funded lobbying groups and the revolving door between private corporations and the machinery of state have also helped shape the policy agenda.



    As if to underline this, in 2012 Labour MP Austin Mitchell described the UK’s big four accountancy firms as being “more powerful than government.” He said the companies’ financial success allows them privileged access to government policy makers. Of course, similar sentiments concerning ‘privileged access’ could also be forwarded about many other sectors, not least the arms industry and global agritech companies which armed with their poisons, unsustainable model of industrial agriculture and bogus claims have been working hand in glove with government to force GMO’s into the UK despite most people who hold a view on the matter not wanting them.



    The impact and power of think tanks, lobbying and cronyism means that the major parties merely provide the illusion of choice and democracy to a public that is easily manipulated courtesy of a toothless and supine corporate media. The knockabout point-scoring of party politics serves as entertainment for a public that is increasingly disillusioned with politics.



    The upshot is that the main parties have all accepted economic neoliberalism and the financialisation of the British economy and all that it has entailed: weak or non-existent trade unions, an ideological assault on the public sector, the offshoring of manufacturing, deregulation, privatisation and an economy dominated by financial services.



    In Britain, long gone are the relatively well-paid manufacturing jobs that helped build and sustain the economy. In its place, the country has witnessed the imposition of a low taxation regime, low-paid and insecure ‘service sector’ jobs (no-contract work, macjobs, call centre jobs – much of which soon went abroad), a real estate bubble, credit card debt and student debt, which all helped to keep the economy afloat and maintain demand during the so-called boom years under Tony Blair. Levels of public debt spiraled, personal debt became unsustainable and the deregulated financial sector demanded the public must write down its own gambling debts.



    The economy is now based on (held to ransom by) a banking and finance-sector cartel that specialises in rigging markets, debt creation, money laundering and salting away profits in various City of London satellite tax havens and beyond. The banking industry applies huge pressure on governments and has significant influence over policies to ensure things remain this way.



    If you follow the election campaign, you will see no talk from the main parties about bringing the railway and energy and water facilities back into public ownership. Instead, privatisation will continue and massive profits will be raked in as the public forks out for private-sector subsidies and the increasingly costly ‘services’ provided.



    There will be no talk of nationalising the major banks or even properly regulating or taxing them (and other large multinationals) to gain access to funds that could build decent infrastructure for the public benefit.



    Although the economy will be glibly discussed throughout the campaign, little will be mentioned about why or how the top one percent in the UK increased their wealth substantially in 2008 alone when the economic crisis hit. Little will be said about why levels of inequality have sky rocketed over the past three decades.



    When manufacturing industry was decimated (along with the union movement) and offshored, people were told that finance was to be the backbone of the ‘new’ economy. And to be sure it has become the backbone. A spineless one based on bubbles, derivatives trading, speculation and all manner of dodgy transactions and practices. Margaret Thatcher in the eighties sold the economy to bankers and transnational corporations and they have never looked back. It was similar in the US.



    Now Britain stands shoulder to shoulder with Washington’s militaristic agenda as the US desperately seeks to maintain global hegemony – not by rejecting the financialisation of its economy, rebuilding a manufacturing base with decent jobs and thus boosting consumer demand or ensuring the state takes responsibility for developing infrastructure to improve people’s quality of life – but by attacking Russia and China which are doing some of those very things and as a result are rising to challenge the US as the dominant global economic power.



    The election campaign instead of focusing on ‘austerity’, immigrants or welfare recipients, who are depicted by certain politicians and commentators as bleeding the country dry, should concern itself with the tax-evading corporate dole-scrounging super rich, the neoliberal agenda they have forced on people and their pushing for policies that would guarantee further plunder, most notably the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).



    However, with a rigged media and all major parties representing the interests of an unaccountable financial-corporate-state elite, we can expect Britain to continue to fall in line behind Washington’s militarism and a further hollowing out of what remains of the economy and civil society.



    No matter who wins on 7 May, the public is destined for more of the same. The real outcome of the election has already been decided by the interlocking directorate of think tanks, big business and its lobby groups and the higher echelons of the civil service. The election will be akin to rearranging the deckchairs on a sinking ship.




  11. Geordie Munro on

    Mike in Toronto,



    JamesGang taught harry Kane how to play football:)




  12. Mike in Toronto



    That was brilliant, thanks. That description of JamesGang had my mind boggling. Never got up high enough to see his eyes and the rest doesn’t bear thinking aboot. Lol



    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  13. shady - 'mon the wee Oscar on




    Not quite a sobering read at this hour bit certainly thought provoking.




  14. Joe_Joe the Phoneix Bar at the bottom of Academy Street is pretty good, some fine eateries in Inverness, ask about. H H Hebcelt

  15. joe_joe_john_bobby_teddy on

    Thanks hebcelt, I was in the Huxley on princess street yesterday and met Michael Stewart, he knows this site well.

  16. tbj says wee oscar knox is in heaven with the angels



    I will put up a raffle on this evening as discussed and we will supply signed books and whisky as prizes. This will sort out the money for you. Well done!

  17. prestonpans bhoys on

    Now remember when everyone is in the pub tonight remind every Hun about the outcome of Paul’s article, should the liar liquidate the club then he needs to go cap in hand to big Ash to call the newco anything like Rangers.



    Hahaha :0)

  18. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on




    An tiernan is another foot taller than James F Gang .. Might be risking life and limb here but .. Big JFG is a big suave do good looking fella ( in ok way am I saying bigger AT isn’t — really – honestly – please don’t crunch my wee head AT )



    Apparently there’s another big big big Tim who reckons he’s the tallest Tim in the world and I Defo ain’t arguing with him either .



    To be fair . It’s pretty reassuring standing with those two giants at CQN corner . Who’s gonna give me crap then ;)))

  19. TBJ


    Are we paying the money for the paving stone through the CQN site?


    Well done kind sir.

  20. paddybhoy1888 on

    On this day in 1958 I was born. Lucky enough to witness the Jock Stein era and see the Celts at their very best. Present at Hampden for the Leeds game and before that Benfica and St ettiene and on my 16th birthday the Huns of Athletico.


    I was present on Wed and see the potential for a new great era.


    I love Celtic a great part of my life is dedicated to them through my


    upbringing my faith and my wonderful family.


    I’m blessed in so many ways and have met so many good FANTASTIC people on CQN God bless you all, and may the Hun endure a long slow lingering death.



  21. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Does anyone know any pubs near Airdrie that have a pool table in it and allow children?









  22. Tbj…



    Wait until you see the height of McTall… AT felt toaty next to him.



    As for Jamesgang… A giant amongst us pygmies…we’re good with our blow piping darts to the necks of the huns though.



    The poison we put in the first darts only put them to sleep…in their eyes that is.



    The new potion is a zombie killing formula, made by Jamesgang in his bunker/lab.



    He has named it the…Ashley to ashes.

  23. summa



    So, did anyone on here not think/know that the banks and their shareholders run the western economies, therefore the government of the people? That is why it was so sweet when they all consumed each other a few years ago. Regrettably, they have reformed and are back dipping our pockets again.


    Incidentally anyone who thinks Russia will be a force to reckon with in the commercial world can forget it”……..its a Wild West economy.

  24. Blantyretim,



    We have been laughing all day about “serves you right for going to East Kilbride.”



    I only thought that a town named after one of Ireland’s saints might have been different.



    Having said that there are many good people there.

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