Washington to Temporarily Call itself “Washington Football Team” and Change Uniform for 2020

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After weeks of uncertainty, the Washington NFL franchise has taken it to the next level by dropping its long-standing moniker. Washington announced Thursday that it will be called the “Washington Football Team,” effective immediately. This isn’t a definitive name change and rebranding for the team, it’s just the name they want to use until a new name is imminent in the future.

In addition to the name change, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Washington will indeed have no change in its color scheme, but the original team logo on the helmet will be replaced with the player’s number in gold. The Washington football team will continue with the process of removing their team’s name and hope to be fully cleared of them in physical and digital spaces over the next 50 days, by the time the regular season opener on the 13th. September against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Washington will be using these uniforms and helmets for the 2020 season, but will seek feedback from players, alumni, fans, sponsors and the community for the new team name it will use at some point in the future. Fans will be able to purchase “Washington Football Team” merchandise from Fanatics and NFL Shop in the coming days.

It comes after the club announced on July 13 that it had withdrawn the nickname “Redskins,” which had been associated with the franchise since 1933. The now old name has been a controversial topic for years, with Native Americans asking the team to change it from the racial insult. The straw that apparently broke the camel’s back in this endeavor was the power of corporate sponsors. FedEx, which is in the midst of a multi-million dollar stadium naming rights deal with the club, said in a private letter to the team that they would remove its signage from the site if the name were not not changed, citing against the “man-first philosophy” of the shipping giant. Along with FedEx, other major business partners such as Nike, Target, Walmart, and Amazon have all removed team gear from their websites.

Recent reports have indicated that outstanding trademark issues were the only obstacle to revealing his new identity by the team. It remains to be seen when exactly Washington would want to change its name – whether as soon as possible or at the end of the 2020 season.

Several Washington players such as defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and Ryan Kerrigan posted edited photos of themselves in the new uniforms shortly after this report was released – and they seem happy with the change.

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