If the Washington football team ultimately decides to change their name from the Redskins, they wouldn't be the first pro sports team to change names without changing cities.
Heck, they wouldn't even be the first DC sports team to do so.
As ESPN's Adam Schefter points out, six teams in the last 25 years have switched their name without moving to a new location, including when the Washington Bullets became the Wizards.
1997: Washington Bullets --> Washington Wizards
Bullets/Wizards owner Abe Pollin decided to change his team's name in 1995 after his team's name had become associated with violent overtones and the rising crime in Washington DC at the time.
Pollin held a contest for fans to vote on the team's new name. The options were Wizards, Express, Stallions, Sea Dogs and Dragons. Wizards eventually won out and the rest is history.
1999: Tennessee Oilers --> Tennessee Titans
When the Oilers moved to Tennessee after nearly 40 years in Houston, they kept the Oilers name going. However, they quickly changed over to the Titans after two seasons and it's been that way ever since.
2006: Mighty Ducks of Anaheim --> Anaheim Ducks
Not a huge change, but the Anaheim Ducks completely rebranded their look and won a Stanley Cup right after. Not too bad a move, even though we all miss the iconic Mighty Ducks look.
2008: Tampa Bay Devil Rays --> Tampa Bay Rays
In an attempt to reinvent themselves, the Rays dropped the "Devil" portion of their name and immediately won a pennant. The mid-to-late 2000s weren't a bad time to make a brand change.
2013: New Orleans Hornets --> New Orleans Pelicans
Under new ownership, the Hornets changed their name to the Pelicans as they embarked on a new era led by Anthony Davis. It also freed up our next franchise to reclaim its rightful name.
2014: Charlotte Bobcats --> Charlotte Hornets
When the Hornets moved to New Orleans and Charlotte started another team named the Bobcats, it just didn't feel right. So when the Pelicans rebranded themselves, the Hornets name was up for grabs and Charlotte wasted no time taking it back.
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