The Arkansas State Red Wolves have hired legal counsel after a pro soccer team in Chattanooga also took the name Red Wolves.
As of Nov. 19, there is no pending legal action by Arkansas State University against the Chattanooga Red Wolves SC for copyright infringement, officials said.
Arkansas State has been known as the Red Wolves since 2008, when they officially changed
their name from the “Indians.”
The Chattanooga Red Wolves were formally announced in August 2018.
Brad Phelps, general counsel for the Arkansas State University System, had the following
response when asked about possible litigation against the Chattanooga-based soccer team:
“I can confirm that the Chattanooga Red Wolves matter was brought to our attention. Since
that time, we have hired the Tennessee law firm of Bass, Berry and Sims to assist us in this
matter. In response to your question, there is no pending litigation at this time. I cannot
comment further on what actions we may take.”
According to the Bass, Berry, Sims website, the firm has been in operation since 1922. They are
primary outside counsel to more than 35 public companies, and have more than 75 practice
The Chattanooga Red Wolves play in the USL (United Soccer League) League One. The team
went 10-10-8 in their inaugural season, missing the playoffs and finishing fifth in the table.