Redskins Revise Team Name, Change Coming

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The Washington Redskins announced Friday that they will “undergo a thorough review of the team’s name,” and sources told the Washington Post that the team will likely change their name and mascot.The change could “potentially” happen in time for the 2020 season, one source told The Post, while another said “the trend is in that direction.”

“It’s not a question of whether the name changes but when,” a source told The Post.

Owner Dan Snyder, who bought the team in 1999 for $ 800 million, long resisted calls to change the name. But following the upsurge in the fight for social justice, it seems that Snyder is ready to listen.

In a statement, the team said the organization had recently had “initial discussions” with the league over the name.

“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise, but also the contributions of our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community that it is proud to represent on and off the field. Said Snyder in the statement.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that he appreciates Snyder’s efforts.

“Over the past few weeks, we have had ongoing discussions with Dan and we support this important step,” said Goodell’s statement.

Corporate pressure could force Snyder’s cooperation.

The Redskins play at FedEx Field, and the Memphis-based delivery giant wrote in a statement Thursday, as reported by several media reports, “We have communicated to the Washington team our request to change the name of the team. ”

The company holds the naming rights for Landover, Maryland Stadium under a $ 205 million, 27-year agreement that came into effect in November 1999.

FedEx has another major connection to the Redskins as its founder / president / CEO Frederick Smith is a minority owner of the team.

PepsiCo tweeted its support for a name change on Friday.

“We have had conversations with the leadership of the NFL and Washington for a few weeks about this problem,” the company said. “We think it’s time to change. We are delighted to see the steps announced today by the team and look forward to continuing our partnership. ”

Later Friday, Nike said in a statement, according to the NFL Network, “We spoke to the NFL and shared our concerns about the name of the Washington team. We are delighted to see the team take the first step towards change. ”

Nike’s website removed all Redskins merchandise on Thursday and Washington was the only one of the 32 NFL teams to drop from the index.

Ron Rivera, in his first season as Washington’s head coach, said he would participate in the exam.

“This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to ensure that we continue with the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our military,” he said. declared.

“We believe this review can and will be conducted in the best interest of all,” said the team’s statement.

Calls for the club to remove the nickname have been out for decades, but a 2016 Washington Post poll of 504 Native Americans found that 90% were not offended by the Redskins’ nickname. The survey included people in all 50 states and in Washington, DC

In 2013, Snyder made his position clear by stating: “We will never change the name, it’s that simple. NEVER – you can use caps. ”

The franchise began using the Redskins nickname in 1933, when it was based in Boston and was previously called the Braves. Team owner George Preston Marshall moved the club to Washington in 1937.

On June 19, a statue of Marshall was removed from the former Redskins site in Washington, RFK Stadium, following protests for racial equality after the death of George Floyd. Under Marshall’s leadership, the Redskins were the last NFL team to join, adding their first black players in 1962.

The name of the Washington football team may still be pending. But in 2009, Washington City Paper reported that Snyder had previously purchased franchise rights to an Arena Football League team and trademarks for the name Washington Warriors with a logo and helmet with an arrow and a feather. .

Washington is set to open the home season against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 13.

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