The Washington NFL team has been known as the “Redskins” since 1933, but that very well could change. There have long been critiques of the name as a racist insult of Native Americans. Polls have been used by supports of the name to keep it, but support for a name change has grown considerably in recent years.
Now, we might be seeing real movement. A day after FedEx — naming rights-holder of the team’s stadium — communicated a request that the team change its name, the organization is going to have an internal review of the team name.
The team issued a press release talking about “recent events in our country.” That has resulted in extensive change, but this announcement did not come until sponsors like FedEx and Nike started to make threats. Add in the city of Washington, D.C. saying the team could not consider the RFK stadium site without a name change, and it’s safe to say money is influencing this decision.