NFL’s Washington franchise announced that they will change the Redskins name and logo, said CNN.
However, they did not reveal the new name yet.
The NFL team made the announcement days after the team said they will make a “thorough review” of the name.
Moreover, Native American groups had long described the name as an ethnic slur.
The team’s issued statement said:
“That review has begun in earnest.
As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward.
Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review.”
Hard At Work
The report said team owner Daniel Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera are hard at work on the matter.
The statement added:
“(We) are working closely to develop a new name.
Design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud
…tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans, and community for the next 100 years.”
Coach Rivera in an interview The Washington Post gave a hint on what he is and Snyder is working on.
He said the new name would honor both the military and Native Americans.
Other Teams Considering A Name Change
NFL’s Washington franchise is not the only sports team considering a name-change.
Protests denouncing racism had swayed the recent changing of names.
The Redskins are the first NFL team to announce a name change, said the report.
LIkewise, Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians are also currently reexamining their name.
The team’s manager believed it is time to change the name and “it’s time to move forward.”
Sports teams are now changing their names due to corporate pressure.
Native Americans and advocates had long asked for sports teams to consider changing the names, but fall on deaf ears.
The decision to re-examine the Washington name also came amid mounting pressure from several corporate sponsors, said the report.
For instance, the delivery giant FedEx, who have the naming rights to the team’s stadium.
The report added, other brands, including Nike and Amazon, have removed the team’s merchandise from their online stores.