The Washington NFL team says they will retire the name Redskins, and the logo

The Washington NFL team says they will retire the name Redskins, and the logo
Washington Redskins announced on Monday that it will withdraw its title and slogan after completing a comprehensive review that started on July 3.

"We will announce today that we will suspend the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review," the team said in a statement.

"Dan Snyder and Coach [Ron] Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will strengthen our tradition-rich excellence and inspire our sponsors, fans and society over the next hundred years."

It was widely expected that Washington would change its name, and a source said on Saturday night that the announcement of a new name would come soon.

The Sports Business Daily reported that the announcement of the new name was delayed due to outstanding branding problems.

"The National Football Association and Dan Snyder have finally made the right call and change them praises them because of this," Ray Halperter, Oneida Nation's representative and head of the "Amulet Change" campaign, said in a statement on Monday. "This is a good decision for the country - and not just the natives - because it closes a painful chapter of contempt and disrespect toward Native Americans and other people of color. Future generations of Native Youth will not be exposed to this harmful mud attack every Sunday during the football season.

“We have made it clear from the start that this movement has never been related to political health, but seeks to prevent unnecessary harm to our youth, because we know from sociologists the many harmful effects of this amulet on the self-image of Native Americans. Today marks the beginning of a new chapter for the NFL and the Washington franchise, It begins a new heritage that could be more inclusive for fans of all backgrounds. "

Last week, ESPN Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the franchise would not use any Native American images. The Washington emblem of an American Indian president was designed by a native American in 1971.

Another ESPN source said the plan, so far, is that the franchise will retain its use of burgundy and golden colors. Rivera said the team wanted to include the army in its new name.

The franchise said on July 3 that it would undergo a comprehensive revision of its 87-year-old name, which some consider offensive. At the time, multiple sources said, the team's owner, Snyder, had already entered into talks with the league about a possible new name. Multiple sources said the name would change, but there was nothing official from the team.

Snyder has for years resisted any consideration of a name change - he told USA Today in 2013 to "put it in all cases" that he would never take that step. Some of those who worked for Snyder said they thought it was better to sell the team rather than use a new name. While it is uncertain what the next name will be, a source close to the situation said Snyder of his enthusiasm.

Snyder had the rights in the Washington area for any possible expansion by Arena Arena League, and this team was expected to name Warriors, until his attempt to register the trade name - a task he abandoned.

Snyder and the franchise were under greater pressure to change Washington's title after protests against social injustice began after George Floyd's death in May in Minnesota. Within a few weeks of Floyd's death, multiple sources said Snyder had been discussing the name for several weeks with the league.

During that time, a signed letter from 87 investors and shareholders with a total value of $ 620 billion was sent to FedEx, PepsiCo and Nike sponsors, asking them to stop working with the team unless the name was changed. When this was reported in the Adweek.com story on July 1, many people - including current and former employees - echoed the same idea: It ended. Most, if not all, of them were unaware of a potential change in action already.

On July 2, FedEx issued a statement saying it had informed the team that it wanted to change the name. Other sponsors later published statements saying the same thing. Amazon has said it will stop selling Redskins merchandise. Walmart and Target said they would stop selling their equipment in stores. According to The Washington Post, FedEx said it would remove its banners from the stadium unless the name was changed for the 2021 season.

FedEx signed a 27-year deal for $ 205 million in 1998. The company’s owner and CEO, Fred Smith, has been a minority shareholder of the franchise since 2003. However, according to multiple reports, he and other minority investors, Dwight Schar and Bob Rothman wants to sell their stakes.

Snyder, his sister Michelle and his mother Arlit own 60% of the franchise.

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