The Washington Redskins are being pressured from all sides to change their name.
For years now, the Washington Redskins have been asked and goaded into altering the team name. And on Friday, July 3, the team announced that it will be undergoing a "thorough review" of the name.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport has reported, based on various sources, that a "name change is likely."
Dan Snyder, owner of the Redskins, said in a statement, "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."
And head coach Ron Rivera has been in talks with Snyder for more than a month and remains hopeful that a new name will be announced before the 2020 season begins.
"If we get it done in time for the season, it would be awesome," said Rivera.
These requests all follow the name-change request from FedEx, which owns the naming rights to the team's stadium. Reports say that if they wish to evacuate FedEx Field to the new RFK Stadium in D.C., they must get a new name. Until then, they are stuck there unless they decide to give people and government officials what they want.
"We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name," said FedEx in a statement.
Washington has played at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, for years now. Looking to move to a new place, the team wished to jump to the RFK Stadium, according to The Washington Post. They've had their eyes on the place ever since a bill allowing the federal government to sell the stadium land to the city occurred in 2019. However, the bill itself won't be official until the team chooses a different name.
There have been some whispers on potential replacement names, including Warriors, Redtails, and Renegades, among others.
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