The name is not a rebranding or rebranding for the team, but will be used in the future pending adoption of a new name in the future.
The NFL franchise is in the process of removing the Redskins name and intends to remove the name from all digital and physical space associated with the team.
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Native American groups have long argued that the team name and main logo are racist, with support for a change increasing alongside the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd.
The NFL side changed its social media handles Thursday to @WashingtonNFL, while “redskins.com” was removed from the account’s bio.
A statement from the team read, “For the sake of clarity and brand consistency, we will be called the ‘Washington Football Team’ pending adoption of our new name. The Redskins name and logo will be officially removed by the start of the 2020 season. We encourage fans, media and all other parties to immediately use “Washington Football Team”.
“The decision to use ‘Washington Football Team’ for this season allows the franchise to undertake a thorough branding process to properly include feedback from players, alumni, fans, community and sponsors. To date, we have been delighted to see so many people coming up with their take on what the new name and design should be like on their social media channels and we look forward to including their comments as we go along. process is progressing.
“Starting tomorrow and over the next 50 days, we will begin the process of removing the entire Redskins brand from team properties, be it FedExField, Redskins Park, other physical and digital spaces. We hope to complete this process in its entirety by the time the team’s opening game. against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 13. ”
Players Ryan Kerrigan, Jonathan Allen, Landon Collins, Dwayne Haskins, Ryan Kerrigan, Daron Payne and Chase Young were used to display the uniform concepts with just “Washington” on the front of the jersey.
The new helmets will not carry the old “Redskins” logo, but each player’s number will be displayed on the side.
Despite the name change, the team’s color scheme will not change, with burgundy and gold being the primary colors of the home uniform.
The new design, alongside the new name, will be featured for the first time in Week 1 against division rivals Philadelphia Eagles.
The team’s clothing will remain for the 2020 season, although continued feedback from players, alumni, fans, sponsors and the community will contribute to the name of the future team.
There are also plans to roll out official products in the coming days.