According to a press release by the team, the Washington Redskins will undergo a thorough review of their team name.
BREAKING: Washington Redskins say they will review team name.
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) July 3, 2020
This news comes a day after major sponsor FedEx asks the team to change their name. Last night Nike took all of their Redskins apparel off of their website in protest of the team’s name. PepsiCo has also felt pressure to take action against the Redskins until they change their name.
Team owner Dan Snyder’s goal is to do right by the history of the franchise, team alumni, and the city of Washington D.C. In the past Snyder’s biggest reason for not changing the name is because of the team’s rich history, so his intentions are not surprising.
Head coach Ron Rivera has close ties to the U.S. Military so he wants to not only honor Native Americans that the team represents now, but the U.S. military with the new team name.
When asked about the matter NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said “In the last few weeks we have had ongoing discussions with Dan and we are supportive of this important step.” according to NFL Networks Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport also reports that according to his sources a name change is “likely”
My understanding of the #Redskins situation, based on conversations with several sources: A name change is likely.
It would truly be a monumental decision. It is time. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s statement was supportive, as well.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 3, 2020