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Washington's name change talks have reportedly been going on for 'several months'

Washington's name change talks have reportedly been going on for 'several months'

Washington announced it would be retiring the "Redskins" name 10 days after a statement declaring they'd conduct a "thorough review" of its controversial moniker. The review was seemingly in response to key sponsors putting significant pressure on the organization to change its name. 

Around the time of FedEx's formal request for a name change and Nike removing team merchandise from their website was the time reporters started to dig for information regarding a possible name change including NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Dan Snyder and the league had been talking about the team's name for months, according to Rapoport. 

"This has actually been going on for a long time," Rapoport told The Sports Junkies Tuesday. "One thing I know about Dan Snyder, and this was maybe in more so when Bruce Allen was in charge, [he] loves secrecy. He loves to do everything kind of behind closed doors, so these talks were going on for, really months before we knew what was happening.

"On one hand, it's good because it really does show that this is not necessarily something that FedEx and Nike just forced [Washington] to do," he said. These were going on several months before and I'm kind of glad they went in this direction, I think it's the right one."

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Based on commissioner Roger Goodell's statement on July 3, the league had been in contact with Snyder and the organization for a 'few weeks' prior to Washington's "thorough review" announcement. But several months? Yeah, Goodell and Washington definitely left that part out. 

The fact that both the team and the league had a nice head-start on the situation could bode well for those hoping for a new name before the start of the 2020 season. Rapoport even revealed his understanding that a new name would go along with the old name's retirement as sort of a package deal. As we know, this was not the case. 

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"That's what I was told for probably more than a week," Rapoport said. "When I was kind of tracking this and seeing what's going on it was, 'Alright there's gonna be a name change soon' and then it was 'Alright there's gonna be a name change in 24 hours' and then 'Actually we're just going to retire the name.'"

So for now, the old name getting retired will have to do. 

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Report: Native American groups send letter to Roger Goodell asking NFL to force Redskins name change

Report: Native American groups send letter to Roger Goodell asking NFL to force Redskins name change

The push for the Washington Redskins' name to change continued on Monday, as more than a dozen Native American groups sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell calling for the league to force the franchise to change its name immediately, according to Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press.

Demands from the letter were for the NFL to end the use of all Native American names, imagery and logos, specifically citing Washington's franchise. The Redskins' primary logo, which has been the same since 1972, features a modernized Native American with burgundy and gold feathers.

The Native American groups "expect the NFL to engage in a robust, meaningful reconciliation process with Native American movement leaders, tribes, and organizations to repair the decades of emotional violence and other serious harms this racist team name has caused to Native Peoples," the letter read.

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Last Friday, the Redskins released a team statement that the franchise was undergoing a "thorough review" of its name after public pressure from FedEx, PepsiCo, Bank of America, Nike and other major corporate sponsors called for a change.

Monday's letter comes on a day where many voices commented on a potential name change, including President Donald Trump. Additionally, D.C. Mayor Murial Bowser said Monday that she's pleased with the organization's choice to review its name. Others, such as FS1's Skip Bayless, don't believe the franchise will change its name until it has to.

Outside of coronavirus and the social justice movement in America, the Redskins' name controversy might be the biggest storyline in the United States right now. These comments on Monday are just the latest proof of that.

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Roger Goodell 'supportive' of Redskins' name review after weeks of ongoing discussions

Roger Goodell 'supportive' of Redskins' name review after weeks of ongoing discussions

Shortly after the Redskins announced they would conduct a "thorough review" of their team name Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a short statement in support of the move. 

In his statement, Goodell revealed the NFL had been talking with Dan Snyder and the organization about the name change for weeks. 

"In the last few weeks we have had ongoing discussions with Dan [Snyder] and we are supportive of this important step," Goodell said

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FedEx, who has naming rights to Washington's stadium, formally requested the team change their name on Thursday while Nike, the official uniform supplier of the NFL, removed all Redskins merchandise from their website.

"This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field," Snyder said in the team's statement.

Calls for the franchise's name change come in the midst of a worldwide movement against racial injustice. While a "review" of the team name doesn't mean a change is guaranteed, the league's involvement is undoubtedly significant. 

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