The question was asked by the kids at 'This Is Paintball Canada' (thisispaintball.ca) over on the VFTD-FB page--and answered there--but was "hidden" so that it wasn't readily apparent I had responded. (And no, I didn't know how to change that or even if it's possible.) So here it is:
What are your thoughts on the PBNation trademarks being up for sale? Can we assume that this is going to end up in the hands of some ppl who shouldn't have this type of control over the industry or will VFTD just buy it to redirect PBNation.com visitors to your website? Haaa
It is a pig in a poke and I doubt anyone will buy it. As I read the offering it does not convey ownership of the URL (or domain name) only the trademarks--which the Crowdgather/PBN peeps would simply change. (Though I'm kinda surprised it wasn't part of the original sale agreement, but hey.) Trademark is largely about how the words, letters and/or image is designed and any established associations with specific products and/or services. They could go ahead and continue to use PBNation in a different design form in all likelihood and their right (or lack of a right) to do so would have to be litigated if they did. There might also be a case to be made claiming PBNation and the website are indivisibly linked but that seems a long shot and hardly worthwhile--but then I'm not a lawyer.
Regardless, without the website you'd have to sell a lot of T-shirts or jerseys to get your money back and I suspect everybody would continue to use the "real" PBN whatever it ended up being called.
UPDATE: A statement from Sanjay at Crowdgather. More interesting is that the ebay offering appears to have been initiated by Ed Reiker, former owner of PBNation. I asked a PBN rep about that but haven't received a response. Yet?