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Esports • Aug 21, 2019

Did the Dallas XFL team "steal" Renegades' name and logo?

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Did the Dallas XFL team "steal" Renegades' name and logo?
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The XFL unveiled the names and logos of its eight franchises on August 21, but one of the teams strikingly resembles and shares a name with the Renegades esports organization.

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While the XFL is still launching in 2020, the Renegades esports organization has been around since 2015. Its logo is of a cowboy looking to the right with a bandana over his face to hide his identity.

The Dallas Renegades is extremely similar, not just in terms of the name, which is identical, but the logo too. Once again, a bandana-wearing cowboy stares to the right, only this time the colors go from brown and yellow to blue and red.

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Christopher 'MonteCristo' Mykles was not impressed with the new football team. “What the actual fuck. The Dallas XFL team just straight up stole the @Renegades name and logo. That was my creative vision,” the former Renegades owner tweeted.

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“Yo for real contact an attorney. If you need a firm I work for an entertainment and ip firm and can get you a referral,” Laurie Thomas commented.

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While Mykles sold the team to NBA player Jonas Jerebko, the Overwatch commentator implied a lawsuit could be brewing. “I sold the brand to @JonasJerebko, but he can sue them. Enjoy your big settlement, Jonas,” he said.

In a statement to Dexerto, MonteCristo said, "The branding for Renegades was created according to my vision and direction and I worked with the graphic designers on that final logo. I, however, no longer own the brand since I sold it to Jonas Jerebko in 2016, so any action will be taken by him if he chooses to respond."

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This isn’t the first football team to be called the Renegades either. In 2002, a Canadian Football League team called the Ottawa Renegades entered the league and they too share a similar looking logo of a cowboy with a bandana, although this character faces the left. 

The XFL is the creation of WWE CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon. Originally, the XFL debuted in 2001, but only lasted a single season. Some of the issues pertained to the league's emphasis on violence and sex content – something more inline with pro-wrestling and not American football. McMahon admitted the original league had been a “colossal failure”.

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The Ottawa Renegades were yet another team with a similar logo.

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Now, the league is making a comeback in 2020 with eight teams. Games will be broadcast on ESPN, Fox Sports and ABC as part of a three-year deal.

The league plans to have a 10-game regular season and then a two-week playoff with the top two teams in each division.

Dexerto has reached out to the Dallas Renegades and esports' Detroit Renegades for comment.

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