When the Washington Redskins announce its new team name, whenever that might be, don't expect its new moniker to have any Native American ties.
During the recent internal discussions the team has had about its name, Washington is "planning to have no Native American imagery," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
In their discussions about a potential new name, Washington is planning to have no Native American imagery, per a league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 8, 2020
However, the team is planning on keeping its popular burgundy and gold color scheme, according to ESPN's John Keim.
One other thing I was told: The plan, as of now, is that the colors will remain burgundy and gold. https://t.co/hZUGw8RtVw— John Keim (@john_keim) July 8, 2020
Last Friday, Washington announced the franchise was undergoing a "thorough review" of its team name. The decision to review the name came just days after some of the team's biggest corporate sponsors -- FedEx, Nike, PepsiCo and Bank of America -- publicly pressured the team to change its name.
FedEx chairman Fred Smith, who is also a minority owner of the franchise, was the first to raise public concern about the name, calling for it to be changed last Thursday. FedEx owns the naming rights to Washington's home stadium on a deal that runs through 2027.
Last week, Nike, the NFL's official merchandise partner, removed all Redskins apparel from its website. Other online apparel stores such as Walmart, Target and Amazon have followed Nike's lead in recent days. Fanatics, however, has chosen to keep the team's merchandise on its site, along with NFL.com.
The talk of the Redskins potential name change has been one of the biggest topics of conversation over the past few days, as several prominent figures both on the inside and outside of the sports world have shared their opinion on the matter. D.C. Mayor Murial Bowser is happy to see the name change, and President Donald Trump even weighed in on the matter, too.
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