It was a very different team that took the court in the 1998/99 season. The team had been involved in a dispute with the NBA's Phoenix Suns, who held the "Suns" trademark in Australia. Faced with the prospect of paying Phoenix royalties on merchandise sales, the team changed its name to the Townsville Crocodiles
Possibly because they're not a basketball team - trademarks can be a wonderfully grey area of law.If the Townsville Suns had to change their name how come the footy team won't?
Fair point, and I suppose no basketball team was going to take on the NBA - much easier to just roll over and change everything. Who knows, they might not even own the rights now anyway.Possibly because they're not a basketball team - trademarks can be a wonderfully grey area of law.
(And if anyone thinks it should be ignored, just take a look at how much merchandise the Fremantle Football Club has with the word 'Dockers' on it...)