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, celticquicknews@gmail.com

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  1. weeminger



    13:08 on 10 April, 2015



    Good post. And this is my point. Ticket prices for football are way too expensive especially in comparison to relative price increases in other entertainment industries.



    Now that’s not Celtic’s fault, however, in do think in these times of financial hardship, that it’s the wrong thing to do those in charge of Celtic.

  2. PL has watched Celtics income stream fall, how is that doing a good job ?


    He is not paid to find excuses for it falling he is paid to mitigate and improve income, no ?


    So far he has failed yet picks up a bonus for that failure, are Celtic now a bank ?

  3. glendalystonsils on

    Totally and completely wrecked? No light at the end of the tunnel? No hope for the future? Armageddon only applying to all things hunnish? Baws in a vice?


    Please let it be so.

  4. What with our club being run so very very very well, isn’t it strange that we got Papped Oot the Champions League twice and play to a half full Celtic Park every other week.



    Aye. Everything Pedro does seems to be right on the money. Pun intended.

  5. PL also picked up an extra bonus this year over and above his contractual entitlement. What was that for? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

  6. “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.”








    brox board room ……….



    what this Intellectual thing they are talking aboot.

  7. And CQN Whom I have been part of for quite a few years can ban me for that last post .



    Because telling someone they are talking ‘shite’ was not how I saw this place degenerating to.





    The guy is a

  8. The Green Man on

    Yeah lhads….that’s some going, presiding over a double champions league battering. and a half full CP…..and yet graft a huge bonus, nae borra eh.


    What a gravy train.





  9. auldheid



    12:24 on 10 April, 2015


    67 Heaven



    On Res12: It basically asks that Celtic ask UEFA Club Financial Control Body to investigate the licensing process in 2011 that allowed Rangers to play in UEFA competition. That runs from granting a licence on 31st March to monitoring no changes at 30 June since granting and again on 30th September.






    So Res12 could well end up lasting longer than the subject of its enquiry.



    On the face of it that would be hilarious. In reality wouldn’t it effectively scupper Res12 and any (I fear unlikely anyway) subsequent investigation on the ‘they suffered enough and are no longer here anyway’ principle of SFA/MSM/public interpretation.



    That aside the blog is a bit bitter this lunchtime. If you suspect you’re in any way responsible take a wee walk in the sunshine. Or let me do so by finishing this planning doc I’m working on!



    HH jamesgang

  10. Neganon2,


    That’s no what I asked is it.


    Maybe I should just wait for Auldheid eh


    The reason is that we want to control our information and dealings with the SFA, that way we can report to the shareholders who supported the resolution, everyone else including the board are secondary. Our duty is to those who supported the resolution with more than just lip service.


    Updates have been few and far between, hopefully being in possession of the facts first will go a little way to reward their patience.

  11. taurangabhoy



    Get me schooner of Swan lager and let’s toast Richie Benuad!



    HH jamesgang

  12. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Taurangabhoy. Fella there is no need to swear in your posts please remember children read CQN. H.H.

  13. Our CEO has became a very rich man delivering easy peasy Financial results.



    A thousand others could have done the same.



    Its not a Billion pound International company he is running.



    Selling employees at a profit, big wow eee.



    Its no Rocket science

  14. Memo to Shortie…………..



    Please, please please……….get Gordon The Big-Wig


    to “explain” Intellectual Property Rights.



    He’s guid at that sort o’ thing.




  15. Joe fillip is yes plenty of children posting tonight, but point taken. No more from me. I am sure the children get lots of other things from reading these posts. Slante.

  16. Jamesgang number one news article today which kinda puzzled me , oz giving him a state funeral and all, my daughter and her friend working soup kitchens are more worthy than a cricket commentator, it’s a strange World we live in . Hail hail.





    I’m sure you’ll do this anyway:



    Stick to your guns and do things at whatever speed you lads know is best.



    Find it amazing that some who did little bar sniping are now training their peashooters on you and Auldheid’s for tremendous efforts on our behalf.

  18. .



    In the history of business miscalculations this is up there with the guy at Pye who rejected The Beatles..



    I might be Hypothesising here.. Or Maybe I’m Not..






    I’m the History of Calculations this is Up there with the Guy Pythagoras when his Intellectual Power was Laughed at by his Opposites..Much in the Same Way people Laughed..that Sammi’s Debut Goal against Kilmarnock was Not the Result of His knowledge of Trigonometry and His Friendship with The Ole Indian Soh Cah Toa



    Oh I’m going off on a Tangent here but I suppose it’s a Sine..



    Strange But True..



    Ecosse in Greek is Twenty..



    SyntomoPsomme is a Derogatory term for a Sugary Scottish ‘Bread’..or Radio Station..



    Think I Might have Took this Too Far..



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  19. Canamalar for the avoidance of doubt I am in no way criticising you or Auldheid or indeed anyone else involved in bringing forward res 12 (and BCW it is rather naughty of you to suggest it). What I find staggering is that celtic now clearly see there is a case to answer but do not appear willing to pursue the matter themselves. If however the requisitioners refuse to hand the case to celtic then that’s a different matter. Is that the case.



    Pauloantony dearie dearie me…….

  20. Summa thank you , I can go to my scratcher laughing now. Night all. No offence. In my opinion that us . Have a great weekend , now that daylight saving is gone I can sit up for the Livvy game. Three more points Celtic. Anyone know when the split draw is oot ?

  21. I shoulda gone to bed. Agent green only you can know if you are missing something. Inverness Caleyfradulistic it is then. Doesn’t matter who we are playing so long as we are playing.

  22. From the BBC website :


    “A UKIP candidate is to be questioned over allegations he tried to influence voters by giving away sausage rolls at a party event”



    This party will stop at nothing to win votes! Despicable.


    Sleekit Sally no doubt wishes he was in Brighton at the time.

  23. Def out now, I miss pablos Friday night sessions, what attracted me here in the first place , hope your lookin in Pablo. Far too serious now amigos.

  24. .



    Just read back..



    Not even Half a Page..



    Strange But True..



    It’s ‘Do the Math’ Time..



    As I have Mentioned before.. CQN probably makes Up 0.003% of the Celtic Support..



    That Could Possibly mean that any Individual CQN Poster makes Up 0.00000.5% of the Celtic Support..



    Some Posters Calculations of this May Slightly Differ.. And that is Where the Problem ‘Lies’..【ツ】



    Don’t take Yirsell Too Serious or Celtic for that Matter.. Unless it’s During a Hame when they Actually need Your Support..



    Ps.. Who at Ibrox own the Intellectual Property of ‘ Legund ‘ ?



    Make Him the ManaJer..



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  25. Was it Pye or Decca?



    I won’t be able to sleep tonight.



    Fascinating. :-)

  26. Someone asked for something funny to take away from the heavy stuff that was going the rounds on here earlier. Don’t know if this will do the trick? Got this from a friend in England.



    The British Medical Association has weighed in on Prime Minister David Cameron’s health care proposals.



    The allergists voted to scratch it, but the dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.



    The gastro-enterologists had a sort of a gut feeling about it, but the neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.



    The obstetricians felt they were all labouring under a misconception. Ophthalmologists considered the idea short-sighted.



    Pathologists yelled, “Over my dead body!” while the paediatricians said, “Oh, Grow up!”



    The psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the radiologists could see right through it.



    The surgeons were fed up with the cuts and decided to wash their hands of the whole thing.



    The ENT specialists didn’t swallow it, and just wouldn’t hear of it.



    The pharmacologists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and the plastic surgeons said, “This puts a whole new face on the matter….”



    The podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the urologists were pi**ed off at the whole idea.



    The anaesthetists thought the whole idea was a gas, but the cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no.



    In the end, the proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the a***holes in London !!

  27. While I was working my notice in Australia, last May, prior to my permanent return to Scotland, I went online and ordered 3 season tickets for myself and my 2 sons.



    When I picked our seats and navigated to payment, I was taken aback by the price. 3 adult season tickets for prime pitch-side seats for less than £1400. 3 tickets for the price of 1 season ticket for the Emirates or Stamford Bridge.



    I snapped them up without a moment’s hesitation.



    I also find it strange that people, when complaining about the cost of a match day experience, include the cost of food and drink as well as transport. Buying food inside the ground is not compulsory. As for its quality, of course you will only have fast food at football grounds, just as you do at cinemas and most other forms of mass entertainment. What do you want, a la carte?



    When I go to the theatre, a concert or the Opera, I go to a restaurant before or after the event. I don’t expect the theatre to feed me free of charge or as part of the entry ticket.



    Also, it’s hardly Celtic’s fault that transport costs have increased.



    A £50 increase on a previous £100 discount is more than reasonable and my sons and I will happily be renewing.



    Finally, the new season ticket has extras too. Each holder will be entitled to 2 free match tickets for friends or relatives. That alone covers the extra £50 if you want to look at it that way. It also covers the first CL qualifier, which is again an additional bonus.

  28. Paul,



    With these revelations of who owns what, and MA seems to own most of the commercial end, I can’t help but think it’s going to be in his own interests to keep them afloat, as to squeeze every penny out of the gullible.



    The hun will be hamstrung, but in every likelihood, their bile will resound around Celtic Park once more next season.



    I won’t be watching.

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