Well in light of recent events, major sponsors have challenged the NFL about the name of the Washington Redskins. FedEx called out the NFL and demanded that the team’s name be changed because it is a slur. FedEx has naming rights to the stadium under a $205 million deal that runs until 2025.
Nike has removed all Washington products from their website. ESPN reported that the team name will go under a thorough review. PepsiCo is also under a lot of pressure to cut ties with the team unless they change their name.
We believe this review can and will be conducted with the best interest of all in mind.
Team owner Dan Snyder says he has been under a lot of pressure in the last few weeks to change the name given the recent events following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.
This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history 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 on and off the field, Snyder said in a statement Friday.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement also that the league has been having ongoing discussions about the name change, and that Snyder has been very supportive.
This is not the first time that the name and logo have been in question. In 2014, The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin asked FedEx shareholders to reconsider the naming rights agreement, but shareholders voted to stick with company officials and continue the business relationship per usual.
Native American leaders wanted Snyder to change the name, which the franchise has used since 1933. In the past, groups protested against the name and tried to win in court, but the case was dismissed.
This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our Military, coach Ron Rivera said.
A high school in Ohio who was named the Redskins have already made the decision to change their name. The school board voted 4-1 to change the name and mascot for the team.
In a poll done by the Washington Post, it asked Native Americans do they find the name offensive. 9% said it was offensive, 90% said it does not bother them, and 1% has no opinion.
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