The Washington Redskins will drop the team’s nickname on Monday, according to a report from Ben Fischer of the Sports Business Journal.
Washington will not announce its new name because trademark issues are still pending, but the name’s “thorough review” is officially over because the team wanted to “remove any doubts about the name’s future,” a reported Fischer, citing sources. .
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Major retailers such as Amazon, Walmart and Target, as well as Nike and Dick’s Sporting Goods, all removed Redskins merchandise from their websites last week. And last Thursday, FedEx – which owns the naming rights for the team’s Maryland stadium – officially requested a name change. FedEx CEO Fred Smith has a stake in the team.
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Last Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the team had made the obvious decision to remove Native American imagery from its logo.
The recent national focus on race relations since the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis has brought further scrutiny on behalf of the team. It was at this point that the Redskins said they would do a “thorough review” of the team’s name, as the organization was under immense pressure to change its nickname due to racial overtones.
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The team hails from Boston before moving to DC after its 1936 season.
The team also hopes to build a new stadium and return to the city limits of DC – but local leaders say they are already looking for a name change as a condition of any potential stadium deal.
Fox News’ Dom Calicchio contributed to the report.