In a move that could end the expensive fight for the Colts name, Baltimore CFLs owner Jim Speros has initiated talks with the NFL aimed at producing an out-of-court settlement before the case goes to trial.
Speros made some offers to the rival league last week, and his attorneys are in communication with the NFL, he said. He declined to discuss his offers in detail, but acknowledged a settlement may leave his team unable to use the Colts name.
"I am not looking forward to going to court again, and do not think it would come out favorably," Speros said.
Speros named his expansion franchise the Baltimore CFL Colts earlier this year. The NFL and its Indianapolis Colts sued, claiming ownership of the name. The NFL won a temporary court order barring Speros from using it until the matter can be settled at trial, now set for Dec. 5 in Indianapolis.
A series of court rulings has gone against him, leaving Speros with one legal avenue: a costly trial against the wealthier NFL on its home turf and before a judge who previously sided with the Indianapolis team.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said: "Yes, the attorneys are talking, but we don't have anything to say about it now."