2020 has been a crazy year. First the Coronavirus, then the social justice protest around the country. Now after 87 years of being called the Washington Redskins the team in our nation’s capital, the franchise are retiring the team name and logo.
The team released this statement making the move official
The Battle to Change The Name
The battle for changing the name has lasted for several decades. For the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) sees the name as a racial slur. The Dictionary of American English has the definition of it as “usually offensive, disparaging, and taboo.”
Supporters of the Washington football team has stated several times that it was referring only to the football team and its history. As long as Dan Snyder has been part of the Washington franchise, he originally had no plans to change the name. That was back in 2015. But before those statements went public, let’s go back to 2013.
Back in 2013 owner Dan Snyder said that while respecting those that say they’re offended, the Annenberg Public Center poll found that in 2004 90 percent of Native Americans are not offended. Then the same poll was completed in 2016 this time by the Washington Post. That poll showed identical results from the one done in 2004. However, when polling the public has deemed scientifically questionable by academic researchers.
Social scientists at the University of Michigan and University of California at Berkeley performed a study this year that measured Native American opinion in detail. It found that 49 percent said that they are offended by the name. It increased to 67 percent for those who have a stronger involvement in Native American culture.
For the first time, significant shareholders informed major sponsors like Nike, FedEx, and PepsiCo that the team should be terminated unless the name is changed.
The Timeline of Change
On July 2, 2020, FedEx tells the team they should change the name. Meanwhile, Nike removes all the team’s merchandise from the site. The following day, the team says it will go through a review process of the name.
On July 13, 2020, the team announced the review had “begun in earnest” and the Redskins name and logo would be retired once the review was completed.
Naming the Team
There are several names out there that Washington can choose from but a realtor in Virginia has taken all the names that were available. So, now it’s.a fight for naming rights. Here are the most popular names.
- Washington Redtails
- Washington Redwolves
- The Washington Warriors
- Washington Redhawks.
As you can see, three out of the four names either have the letter “R” or the word “red.” That is most likely because of the team’s hashtag #HTTR. If they want to keep it, then Warriors is most likely eliminated from contention.
Who’s the Favorite?
As of right now, there are two favorites for the Washington football team to choose team. Those names are Warriors and Redhawks. No name has been officially announced. There are some trademark roadblocks as a relator in Virginia bought all of the trademark choices. The franchise owner and head coach Ron Rivera are working together on the new name, logo, and branding.
This is the third name change in the teams 88 years in the NFL.