The Washington football team rebranded itself Thursday by settling on "Washington Football Team" as its name for the 2020 season. While it wasn't the sweeping name change some fans were hoping for, it gave the franchise some much needed time to elect a permanent name everyone will be happy with.
It's unclear how much fan input Washington is planning on taking, but if they do, the answer is almost certainly going to be "Red Wolves." The name has been a fan favorite ever since former Washington cornerback Fred Smoot became the face of the movement.
"Red Wolves" earned 1,242 out of a possible 1,476 votes (84.7%) with "Redtails" (6.7%) and "Warriors" (3.5%) not so closely behind.
It's important to note the trademark issues that come with "Red Wolves," which is owned by Arkansas State University. Washington would have to go through an extended and likely expensive process to get the rights to use the name for football games and in selling merchandise. Arkansas State is also a public university, which would mean these negotiations would likely be held in public sessions.
However, this is why the temporary name change is good for those pushing so hard for "Red Wolves." Washington has a full year to go through complicated trademark disputes and secure a name they want vs. settling on something they aren't crazy about because of time constraints.
Much is still to play out in the franchise's name change saga, though it appears at least one thing is certain. The fans want "Red Wolves."
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