Redskins to Drop Name, Yielding to Pressure From
Sponsors and Activists
FedEx, which pays about $8 million a year for the naming rights to the Washington team’s stadium in Landover, Md., said this month that it might back out of the deal if the team’s name wasn’t changed.Credit…Mark Tenally/Associated Press
Ken BelsonKevin Draper
By Ken Belson and Kevin Draper
July 13, 2020
Updated 9:18 a.m. ET
The N.F.L. team in Washington announced Monday that it’d drop Redskins from its name, yielding to sponsors and Native American activists who have long criticized it a racist slur.
The move was first reported by Sports Business Journal on Sunday and followed by other news organizations.
The team, one amongst the oldest within the N.F.L., wasn’t expected to announce a brand new name on Monday because it continues to guage possibilities.
The decision to abandon the name after nearly 90 years came just 10 days after the team said it’d review the name. The team’s owner, Daniel Snyder, had stridently defended the name for years.
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