On Friday, the Washington Redskins announced that they’re undergoing a thorough review of the team’s name.
Here’s the full statement from the team:
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) July 3, 2020
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also issued a statement regarding the team’s name:
“In the last few weeks we have had ongoing discussions with Dan and we are supportive of this important step.”
Ian Rapoport reports that based on conversations with several sources, a name change for the Washington franchise is “likely.”
A source tells Mark Maske of the Washington Post that the team is, in fact, expected to change their team name.
“You know where this leads. They’re working on that process [of changing the name]. It will end with a new name. Dan has been listening to different people over the last number of weeks,” a source tells Maske.
When asked whether it’s 100 percent certain that the team will change their name, Maske’s source said: “I don’t want to say 100 percent. It’s very likely headed in that direction.”
FedEx, who holds the naming rights for the team’s stadium, requested the team change their name earlier in the week. This was followed by Nike pulling all of the team’s merchandise from their website last night.
Per the Washington Post, officials say that unless team owner Daniel Snyder changes the team name, Washington won’t be able to build a new stadium at the RFK site.
We’ll have more regarding a potential name change as the news is available.