The long overdue Washington football team name change is finally happening.
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Redskins name and logo will finally, mercifully, be a thing of the past as soon as the 2020 season.
After decades of activism from Native American groups, the Washington football team announced Monday the team name and logo will be changing after 87 years.
Make no mistake about it: Washington owner Daniel Snyder is only changing the name because sponsors and shareholders threatened him with what matters most in the NFL — money.
The name change is certainly better late than never, especially in these times of heightened racial sensitivity and awareness.
From a business standpoint, Washington should still make a ton of money from merchandise and TV rights. When it comes to strictly football, Washington made a great head coaching hire in Ron Rivera, but Snyder’s two decade track record of consistent underachieving (two playoff wins, no title game appearances) will be hard to overcome.
As of press time, no new team name/logo has been officially revealed. Official Statement from Washington:
On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward.
Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review.
Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.
Washington Head Coach Ron Rivera on working with Daniel Snyder, Dwayne Haskins, and his Carolina Panthers career: