Washington’s NFL squad will soon be the team formerly known as the Redskins.
An announcement regarding the team’s nickname and logo is expected Monday morning, Sports Business Journal and USA Today reported Sunday night. Washington namagement will “retire” the Redskins name, the reports said. It was not immediately known what the new nickname will be or when it will be announced, but speculation last week centered on Warriors, Redtails and Red Hawks.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last week that a new name would contain no Native American imagery.
The planned announcement marks a rapid change of position by team owner Daniel Snyder, who has been adamant about keeping the nickname that has been a part of the franchise since 1933, when the played in Boston and was renamed from Braves.
The push to change the name gained momentum when major corporations including FedEx, which was founded by Redskins minority owner Fred Smith, pledged not to invest with the Redskins. FedEx has naming rights to the Redskins’ stadium in Landover, Md. The team announced soon after that it would conduct a “thorough review” of the nickname.
Washington coach Ron Rivera said recently that he has been speaking with Snyder about a new name for the team. Rivera expressed his preference for the team to have a military tie-in of some kind. Redtails would honor the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-Black aviator unit that fought in World War II.
This article has been updated with additional information about the timeframe for an announcement.
Published at Mon, 13 Jul 2020 03:56:54 +0000