For quite some time the Washington Redskins have been under fire because of its team name. Recent public outcry has led the owner Dan Snyder to announce the team will review its name. This comes after sponsors like Nike and Fedex also put pressure on the team to change its name.
The name Red Tails would fit perfectly with the city and the branding of the current team. The name Red Tails comes from black fighter pilots during World War II who had the tails of their planes painted red. The team would be using the military aspect of the city while honoring the pilots and still keeping half of the original name. This change would most likely be the most widely accepted of all the other possible names.
The Warriors is already a common name in sports from Pop Warner football all the way to the NBA. The name Warriors would fit with the W in Washington and give it an alliterative flow. The branding change could be minimal as Warriors isn’t too far off from its original name. Warriors isn’t a very unique name but its a safe bet to rebrand the team.
The Red Hawks name would the easiest to rebrand to because of the feathers already used on some of the team’s logos. It would also fit in with the many bird team names in the league. Miami University in Ohio changed its team name from Redskins to the RedHawks in 1997 and the change was welcomed. It seems like a simple fix that can be done very quickly.
This name might not fly over well with classic football fans who think soccer is weak and boring. The MLS team D.C. United does not use FC (football club) in its name so it’s free for the taking
This would pair well with the D.C. area and pay homage to the fake basketball team the Washington Generals. It’s also fitting because both teams have similar records.
The name Hogs would stem from the famous offensive line of the Redskins from the early 1980s to the early 1990s. The Hogs powered the Redskins to their first Super Bowl in 1983.