Washington NFL staff to retire nickname on Monday: stories

The Washington Redskins plan to announce Monday that they may retire their controversial staff nickname, a number of retailers reported Sunday night time.

One supply advised Sports Business Journal that the staff “felt it was important to remove any doubts as to the future of the name.” The report indicated {that a} new nickname wouldn’t be instantly introduced as a result of pending trademark points.

Sunday night time’s story additional backed Saturday reporting from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio and Yahoo’s Charles Robinson, who every talked about an “imminent” identify change. Robinson mentioned Saturday the change would come “in the next 24-48 hours,” including “the NFL is starting to take steps to tell everybody who has Washington’s nickname on its platform to start scrubbing it, start taking it off, which means something’s coming.”

Team proprietor Daniel Snyder has been beneath mounting stress to alter the staff nickname, brand and mascot, with many Native American teams calling the identify racist. Pressure ramped up this month, with firms reminiscent of Nike, PepsiCo, Bank of America and FedEx threatening to chop promoting ties with the staff.

WATCH | Pro sports activities groups reconsidering Indigenous nicknames:

CBC News’ Raffy Boudjikanian stories on the Washington Redskins’ plans to overview their nickname, adopted carefully by the Cleveland Indians’ choice to rethink their staff nickname. 2:30

FedEx requested staff to alter identify

On July 2, FedEx requested the staff to alter the identify. FedEx signed a 27-year, $205 million US deal in 1999 for the naming rights to FedEx Field in Landover, Md., the place the membership performs its residence video games. A day later, the staff introduced it was conducting a “thorough review” of the staff’s identify.

Sports Business Journal reported Sunday that the membership has completed that overview.

Nike pulled all Redskins merchandise off its web site, making Washington the one NFL franchise not listed on the location’s NFL index.

Last Wednesday, Amazon pulled Redskins merchandise from its web site. Two days earlier, The Washington Post reported that three minority homeowners of the staff employed an funding banking agency to seek out patrons for his or her shares of the membership.

Snyder, in 2013, mentioned he would “never” change the identify.

The franchise started utilizing the Redskins nickname in 1933, when it was primarily based in Boston and beforehand known as the Braves. Team proprietor George Preston Marshall moved the membership to Washington in 1937.

A statue of Marshall was faraway from the Redskins’ former Washington venue, RFK Stadium, on June 19 within the wake of protests searching for racial equality following the demise of George Floyd. Under Marshall’s management, the Redskins had been the final NFL staff to combine, including their first Black gamers in 1962.

Washington is scheduled to open the season at residence towards the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 13.

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