The ‘Harry Potter’-inspired sport is totally on-going.
US Quidditch and Major League Quidditch said in a joint press release that they are changing their names, citing writer J.K. Rowling’s candid views on transgender issues.
Tournaments hope the name change will help it continue to distance itself from the work of J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter A series of books, which have come under increasing scrutiny for their anti-trans stances in recent years.
Rowling has been involved in the trans rights controversy several times, Including a comment posted on Twitter last week He criticizes the Scottish police for allowing those accused of rape to identify themselves as female.
“Our sport has earned a reputation as one of the most progressive sports in the world in terms of gender equality and inclusivity, thanks in part to the gender cap rule, which states that a team may have no more than four players of the same gender in a team,” a statement said. The Leagues “Both organizations feel it is essential to live up to this reputation in all aspects of their operations and believe this is a step in that direction.”
No new name announced. “They will conduct a series of surveys over the next few months to guide a decision on the new name,” the statement said.
The surveys are expected to be conducted by the end of January and include an online version for fans to submit. However, the leagues said they will keep their “USQ” and “MLQ” acronyms, indicating that the new name will begin with the letter “Q”.
The move, which has been under discussion for a year, is also a business decision.
The leagues also noted that the sport’s name, which is similar to field hockey but uses broomsticks, is also a trademark of Warner Bros. , which “limited the expansion of sports, including but not limited to sponsorship and broadcasting opportunities.”
“Both leagues anticipate that the name change will allow for exciting new developments for our players, fans and volunteers as the sport continues to grow,” a league statement read.
“I believe Quidditch is at a tipping point,” University of Southern Queensland executive director Mary Kimball said in the statement. “We can continue with the status quo and stay relatively young, or we can make big moves and really push the sport to its next stage. Renaming the sport opens up many revenue opportunities for both organizations, which is critical for expansion.”
She said co-ownership of the new brand will enable unions to pursue sponsorship deals and broadcast deals across the major network television “and other projects that will address some of the biggest barriers to doing sports, such as access to equipment.”