Redskins announce they will conduct ‘thorough review’ of team name
The Washington Redskins have been pressured for years to change the name of their franchise, and owner Daniel Snyder appears to be giving strong consideration to doing just that.
On Friday, the Redskins announced in a press release that they are undergoing “a thorough review of the team’s name.”
Potentially big news: The #Redskins have been having internal discussions about their team name and now will conduct a formal, thorough review. Full statement, including quotes from owner Dan Snyder, on a possible name change: pic.twitter.com/49mpesZGs9
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 3, 2020
Snyder said the review will allow the team to “take into account not only the proud tradition 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 both on and off the field.” Head coach Ron Rivera added that he considers the issue one of personal importance to him and is looking forward to working with Snyder on the topic.
Snyder is looking to build a new stadium in the District of Columbia, and there has been talk that key government figures will not sign off on the project unless the name of the franchise is changed. Nike also removed gear with the word “Redskins” on it from the team’s official online store this week, and FedEx, which currently holds the naming rights to the team’s stadium, released a statement this week saying they have asked Snyder to change the name.