Redskins name change expected soon

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Washington is expected to have a new team name at the start of the season. After years of tough stance against the passing of the controversial nickname “Redskins”, Daniel Snyder is “determined” to change the name by the start of the season, reports Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.A new name could arrive in a few days, with Charles Robinson of Yahoo indicating during an appearance on Saturday sports brunch with Clarence Hill of Fort Worth Star-Telegram and DJ Ringgenberg of ESPN 103.3 that a change is “imminent” (Twitter link). It was the plan of action, but Washington will almost certainly not have a farewell season for this often-reviewed team identity.

This comes after FedEx and other sponsors lobbied the franchise to change the name of the team it has been using for 87 years. The Redskins play at FedEx Field. The company sent a letter to the franchise on July 2, threatening to withdraw signage from the stadium after the 2020 season if the name is not changed, reports Liz Clarke of the Washington Post. The parties agreed to a naming rights agreement in 1999; this pact runs until 2027.

The Boston Braves became the Boston Redskins in 1933, the second year of the franchise. If Washington releases a new team name, it will mark the first NFL mascot change since the Tennessee Oilers became the Titans in 1999 in the franchise’s third season after moving from Houston.

The new Washington team, for now, is on track to keep the same color scheme, notes John Keim of ESPN.com. The new name will not include Native American imagery, Adam Schefter from ESPN.com tweets. The latest Las Vegas odds favor “Redtails”, “Generals” and “Presidents” to become the new name.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.



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