Redskins’ Ron Rivera hopes team name changes soon: “It would be great”

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Washington Redskins coach Ron Rivera would like to see the franchise change the name of its team as soon as possible, and as quickly as before the start of the 2020 season.

Rivera told the Washington Post in an interview on Saturday that the change could come by September.

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“If we do it in time for the season, it would be great,” he told the newspaper.

Rivera, who took over the head coach earlier this year, told the Washington Post that discussions with team owner Daniel Snyder have been going on for more than a month. He said Snyder had spoken to NFL officials more than two weeks ago about the possibility of changing the name.

As for what the new name might be, Rivera said there were two names he really likes. He did not mention what these names were but mentioned that it was important that they be respectful of Native American culture and traditions.

“It was hard to understand that this was sort of a racist thing, to be honest with you,” he told the Post. “Now, to put things in perspective, there has been a change. ”

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The team announced Friday that it will conduct a “thorough review” of the Redskins’ nickname, which has been the team’s nickname since 1933.

Rivera said in a statement Friday: “This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to ensure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our soldiers. ”

The franchise was reviewed this week as it was revealed that the team would not be allowed to request a move from FedEx Field in Maryland to RFK Stadium in Washington unless the team changes its name.

A day later, FedEx officially asked the Redskins to change their name. FedEx is a corporate sponsor of the Redskins and the NFL. Nike would later remove the Redskins gear from its online store and Pepsi would follow suit and ask the team to change its name as well.

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Snyder had previously insisted not to change the team name.

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