Mansfield are currently second from bottom in the Football League
A man bidding to buy Mansfield Town is planning to rename the club Harchester United after the former Sky series The Dream Team, the BBC has learnt.
John Batchelor, former owner of York City, submitted a bid to majority shareholder Keith Haslam on Wednesday.
Producers of the Sky series confirmed Mr Batchelor had made an approach to use the name.
However a Football League spokesman told BBC Radio Nottingham they would have to approve any change in name.
Mr Batchelor said: "Football supporters in general have to understand that if they want professional football in their town, they have to accept it has to be done on a commercial basis.
"Harchester is more promotable than Mansfield. That's not any form of insult to Mansfield at all because it's a club with a long tradition but it's just a fact of life.
"One club has been on the television for 10 years and the other one hasn't."
The businessman changed York City's name to York City Soccer Club when he was at Bootham Crescent to attract American interest.
Mansfield are currently second from bottom in the Football League.
Mr Batchelor was initially part of a consortium before deciding to bid for the struggling League Two club on his own.
The club has undergone a name change once before - from Mansfield Wesleyans to Mansfield Town in 1910.
The Stags play Notts County in a crucial local derby at Meadow Lane on Saturday.