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Washington NFL Name Change
News Bytes 07/7/2020 21 Comments

The Washington Redskins began a “thorough review” of the football team’s name on Friday. The move is a big step toward scrapping what some call a “dictionary-defined racial slur.”

Since buying the team in 1999, team owner Dan Snyder has shown no willingness to change the name. But the country’s recent conversation about race has renewed outside opposition to the name.

Big-money sponsors have also begun to speak up. With additional support from the National Football League, the uproar may finally lead to a new name for the formerly great franchise.

“In the last few weeks, we have had ongoing discussions with Dan, and we are supportive of this important step,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says.

“This [review] process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League, and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” Snyder says.

Native American groups have tried for decades to force a change. A study this year revealed 67% of Natives surveyed agreed or strongly agreed the name was offensive.

Asked last month about the name, a spokesperson said the team had no comment. But this week marked a possible change on the issue. Investors wrote to FedEx, PepsiCo, and other sponsors hoping they would demand change.

FedEx, whose CEO is also a minority owner of the Washington franchise, was the first to act publicly. The title sponsor of the team’s Maryland stadium, FedEx said Thursday, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that [it] change the team name.” FedEx paid $205 million for naming rights to the stadium.

On Thursday night, Nike appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store. Nike says it shared its concerns with the NFL over the name and is “pleased to see the team taking a first step towards change.”

Both PepsiCo and Bank of America say they want a name change and welcome the review.

Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter is leader of the “Change the Mascot” campaign. “Dan Snyder can stand on the right side of history and create a new, positive legacy for his team,” he says, “or instead continue embracing a bigoted slur that denigrates Native Americans and people of color.”

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up. — Ephesians 4:29

(Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera holds a helmet during a news conference at the team’s NFL football training facility in Virginia. AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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1st comment

I don’t quite understand. Can someone explain? Thank you.

2nd Comment! P.S. This is Caro

So the Redskins (the football team they are talking about) are considiring changing their name because it is offensife to native Americans. FedEx is requesting they change their name and so is Nike. I completly agree that they should change their name. I hope this helped!

P.S. I guess my description

P.S. I guess my description wasn't very detailed :)

P.P.S. I haven't been on here

P.P.S. I haven't been on here in a while, so if there are any articals that you think I should know about, will you post the link? Thanks!

5th comment P.S. This is Caro

That was Caro! Wow I have put a LOT of p.s.s !!

I wonder what the Redskins'

I wonder what the Redskins' new name will be.

@Lena P P.S. This is Caro

Me too!

This is London

I do wonder what the new name will be. I would think Oklahoma would be red skins not Washington.

Janna (Daniel's sister)

The Redskins are such a bad football team I don't really care what happens to them, but I wouldn't mind if they change their name.

This is Mylee

I do wonder what there name will be. But just because That was the name of the team doesn’t mean they are racial that is just their name. But If it is offensive I guess then it needs to be changed. My sister won lots of football cards .

@ mirela j.

i moved to italy 4 a year when i was two. you know, like how sometimes people put links on their comments that you push on and it takes you 2 their favorite article or a comment someone wrote a long time ago they liked. hope that makes sense! :)

@ janna g

i get what you mean but will you please read the 1st comment rule," as well as individuals in the news stories. Disagree politely." thanks! :)

I definitely think they

I definitely think they should change it.

@ London S

Even living in Oklahoma, I don't see many Native Americans. But I do think that the name Redskins is racist. A bit at least.

Favorite Football Team?

My favorites are the Seahawks, the Panthers, and the Chiefs. If I had to choose one I'd pick the Seahawks.

@ Caro

Thanks! I understand a lot better now!

@Belwyn

Yeah it makes sense now. Thank you :-)

This is Caro

You're welcome Mirela!

@Alaina H and everybody

My favorite teams are the Baltimore Ravens, then the New Orleans Saints, then the Kansas City Chiefs. About the article: I do not think that the "Redskins" is racist at all. They should think about it as a compliment because they have a NFL football team named after them! Plus, if there were a team called the "Whiteskins" I really wouldn't care.

I prefer soccer

Yep

Saints

I'm a Saints fan

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