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Report: FedEx will remove signage from stadium after 2020 NFL season if Redskins don't change name

Report: FedEx will remove signage from stadium after 2020 NFL season if Redskins don't change name

In addition to the public statement FedEx shared on July 2 formally asking the Redskins to change their name, the company also sent a letter to the team saying that if the name was not changed all signage from FedExField will be removed following the 2020 NFL season, The Washington Post's Liz Clarke reported.

FedEx currently holds the naming rights to the stadium and has a deal in place that carries through the 2025 season. Frederick Smith, CEO of FedEx is a minority owner in the Redskins, though he has been reportedly looking to sell his share.

According to Clarke, who spoke with a person familiar with the letter, FedEx stated that the current name would harm the image and reputation of its brand. Additionally, the moniker goes against the company's ideals of being all-inclusive and diverse. Staying with the Redskins would only harm FedEx's reputation and relationship with customers in the future.

Therefore, unless the name is changed, FedEx will no longer have any involvement at Washington's current stadium.

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The news is the latest major domino to fall since major requests to change the name came from the likes of FedEx as well as investors in PepsiCo and Nike last week. Since then, PepsiCo has made a statement requesting a name change while Nike has removed all Redskins merchandise from their website.

They are not alone, as AmazonTarget and Walmart, are among the others that have eliminated Washington gear from their online retail shops. 

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Washington is currently conducting an internal review of the name, but a change is expected. However, switching a team name is something that generally takes time, meaning there's no guarantee it happens before the 2020 season begins.

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Washington linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is opting out of the 2020 NFL season

Washington linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is opting out of the 2020 NFL season

The linebacker position is one of the more crowded spots on the Washington Football Team. That crowd decreased by one on Monday, though.

Josh Harvey-Clemons has opted out of the 2020 season, the team announced. The 26-year-old was set to enter his fourth year with the franchise and figured to compete for a depth spot for Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio.

He is the second player on the Burgundy and Gold to make that choice this offseason. Lineman Caleb Brantley opted out last week, too.

A seventh-round draft pick in 2017, Harvey-Clemons has appeared in 35 regular season contests for Washington. He's mostly been a special teamer and reserve option since coming out of Louisville and wasn't a lock by any means to make the 2020 roster. 

The Harvey-Clemons news wasn't the only personnel move that came down on Monday.

The organization also waived three guys — defensive end Cameron Malveaux, defensive back Maurice Smith and tight end Caleb Wilson — and released running back Josh Ferguson. 

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This Washington Football fan created the ultimate design for the name ‘Scouts’

This Washington Football fan created the ultimate design for the name ‘Scouts’

One Washington Football fan took the hypothetical designs to the next level in his complete rebranding of the team under the name ‘Washington Scouts.’

Michigan-based graphic designer Zack Rueger proposed Scouts to replace Washington’s previous mascot in hopes of honoring Native Americans. In describing his inspiration, he wrote, “Scouts celebrates the proud tradition of Native American culture and the inclusion of scouts into the military.”

He went on to reference the impacts Native Americans had on the military such as the 29 Native American soldiers who were awarded the Medal of Honor or the Alamo Scouts during World War II who ran 108 missions without losing a single person. Rather than removing the team's previous connection to Native American culture, Rueger believed Washington could honor them in its new name.

In addition to coining a name, he created a plethora of logos, jerseys and branded designs that the team could use. First, he designed three separate logos: a word mark logo, a primary logo and a throwback logo. The word mark logo features the team’s name in a box below the city name. The primary logo is a ‘W’ with a feather in the middle. The throwback logo is a scout riding a horse on top of a football. 

Next, Rueger designed four different uniforms: home, away, throwback and color rush. The home uniforms feature the traditional burgundy jersey with gold pants and a gold helmet. The away combination is a white jersey, gold helmet and burgundy pants. The throwbacks are a burgundy and white combo, similar to the away jerseys but with a white helmet that showcases the throwback logo. Finally, the color rush jerseys are predominately gold with accents of burgundy. 

However, Rueger didn’t stop with logos and uniforms. He also created advertisements, mock tickets, hypothetical social media posts for game day, fan merchandise like branded hoodies and hats and even a website layout for the team. 

While Scouts is new to the team name discussion and hasn’t been considered a frontrunner, Rueger made it especially easy to visualize the change happening with this detailed rebranding.

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