Washington Redskins to undergo thorough review of team's name

Washington Redskins Can't Get New Stadium Unless Team Changes Its Name

Washington officials say Redskins won't be allowed to move into DC without changing team name and logo

The NFL is "supportive of this important step", said Roger Goodell, the league's commissioner, in a separate statement.

It said it was doing so "in light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community".

The long-running controversy over the Redskins name, which is considered by some to be offensive to Native Americans, is flaring up again as recent racial tensions in the US cause organizations to reevaluate any potential connections or references to racism. Coupled with intense strain from the cultural reckoning on race brought on by George Floyd's death under the knee of a white police officer in Minnesota proved just too much. But in 2009, the Washington City Paper said Snyder previously bought the franchise rights for an Arena Football League team and registered trademarks for the name Washington Warriors with a logo and helmet design that featured an arrow and a feather. FedEx is believed to be the first to take action. FedEx paid $205 million in 1999 for the naming rights to the stadium.

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On Thursday night, Nike appeared to remove all Washington gear from its online store. Nike did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The team has come under sustained pressure to change its name for decades. Rivera, who is of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent and now is the only Hispanic head coach in the National Football League, added that he'd work closely with Snyder during the process.

Native American leaders want Snyder to change the name, which the franchise has used since 1933.

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Washington mayor Muriel Bowser said recently the name was an "obstacle" to the team building a stadium in the District.

The Redskins are looking to build a new stadium, and in the meantime were hoping to find a more favorable and accessible location than FedEx Field in Maryland.

It's been speculated that Washington could return to RFK Stadium if Snyder decides to give its franchise a new home.

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"Therefore, it is time for Nike to meet the magnitude of this moment, to make their opposition to the racist team name clear, and to take tangible and meaningful steps to exert pressure on the team to cease using it".

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