D.C. Mayor calls on Redskins to change name

Chris Lingebach
June 12, 2020 - 7:59 pm

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has called on the Redskins to change their name, saying it's an "obstacle" that's preventing the team from potentially moving back to the nation's capital.

"It is an obstacle," Mayor Bowser said during a radio interview Friday. "It's an obstacle for us locally, but it's also an obstacle for the federal government, who leases the land to us."

"I think it's past time for the team to deal with what offends so many people," Bowser said. "And this is a great franchise with a great history that's beloved in Washington, and it deserves a name that reflects the affection that we feel for the team."

The mayor said she would like to see the team move back to the city, adding, "We know we have the best location for the stadium and we'll continue to work on that."

The Redskins organization has long waged a public war to preserve its name, litigating the issue in court for over 28 years.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder famously told USA TODAY "we'll never change the name" in May 2013, adding, "It's that simple. NEVER — you can use caps."

A little more than a year later, in June 2014, the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board dealt a damaging blow to the team, canceling six of its federally protected trademarks, calling them "disparaging to Native Americans."

The Redskins went on to appeal the ruling, which was eventually vacated after a June 2017 Supreme Court decision in a separate case, which also involved a trademark deemed to be "disparaging" by the trademark office.

The Redskins earned another big win in court in June 2019, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that had banned "scandalous" and/or "immoral" trademarks. That decision gave the Redskins protection against any future claims contending their trademarks are "disparaging," "immoral," and/or "scandalous."

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