Reports: Redskins name now likely to change

Ben Krimmel
July 03, 2020 - 12:42 pm

The Washington Redskins have announced "a thorough review of the team's name" and reports from multiple media reports indicate the review will end in a new name.

The statement from owner Daniel Snyder, which came hours after FedEx requested the team to change the name and Nike appeared to remove Redskins gear from its site and days after investors and shareholders pushed brands to cut ties with the team, and politicians said the team would not be able to return to playing football in D.C. at the RFK Stadium site without changing the team's name.

Later on Friday, PepsiCo, another of the team's sponsors, released a statement in support of a change: "We have been in conversations with NFL and Washington management for a few weeks about this issue. We believe it is time for a change. We are pleased to see the steps the team announced today and we look forward to continued partnership." 

On Monday, head coach Ron Rivera told a 670 the Score in Chicago, the name change was "a discussion for another time." The conversation evidently had been going on for weeks between the team and the NFL with a review announced Friday. 

And judging from reports from people who cover the NFL, the sentiment is near universal that a name change is not an if, but a when.

And the change could potentially happen before the 2020 NFL season starts.

Of course, the debate has begun for what the new name should be with many tossing out Washington Redtails. However, whatever name is chosen it will take fans a long time to get used to this, especially after the debate had fans so entrenched.

The Sports Junkies producer Matt Cahill had this idea for the interval: Go with no nickname and a generic: Washington Football Club. 

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