Washington’s NFL team has decided to drop the name Redskins, which is generally considered offensive to Indians.
Washington announced the move in a statement released Monday after a review started on July 3.
The team will also drop its logo, with majority owner Dan Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera working on a new name and design approach for the franchise.
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“On July 3, we announced the start of a thorough team name review,” the statement said. “This review has started seriously. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans, and the community informed about our thinking.
“Today we announce that we will withdraw the Redskins name and logo after this review is completed.
“Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera work closely together to develop a new name and design approach that strengthens the reputation of our proud, traditional franchise and inspires our sponsors, fans and the community for the next 100 years.”
The franchise started in 1932 as Boston Braves, but took the name Redskins a year later and retained it for the move to Washington in 1937.
Snyder has long been unaffected by the ongoing public pressure to change the name. However, the team announced the review after widespread protests following the death of African American George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis in May. The franchise received calls from major sponsors asking them to rethink this.
FedEx, which has sponsorship rights for the Washington stadium, informed the franchise on July 2 that the company’s name should be removed from the facility by the end of the 2020 season if the Redskins name does not retire goes.
Nike also stopped selling Washington’s official clothing, while Walmart, Target, and Amazon said they would get the team’s goods from their online stores.
Washington may not be the only major American sports franchise to change its name this year. MLB’s Cleveland Indians announced a review of their team name this month, though the Atlanta Braves won’t.