Those hoping for the Washington football team to change their name to "Red Wolves" were dealt a small bit of bad news Thursday when the franchise reportedly settled on "Washington Football Team" as their new name for the 2020 season.
But all is not lost, and the leader of the "Red Wolves" movement, former Washington cornerback Fred Smoot, sees this development as a good thing.
"This is big for us RedWolf National they heard us Howling," Smoot wrote. "Let's keep working!!!"
Smoot gave the movement some serious life when he told NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux that "Red Wolves" was definitely his favorite option.
"I think the Red Wolves would be one of those things that I heard nobody say that I think would be a great one," Smoot said on July 5. "I can just see FedEx Field and the 80,000 people just howling like Wolves. That would really be something."
With a temporary name change like "Washington Football Team," the franchise can utilize the year to pick a name the fans like and settle any trademark disputes necessary to get the full rights to a new name.
"Red Wolves" is one option that will require time to secure if that's the direction the franchise wants to go. Arkansas State University holds the rights to the name, so Washington will have to come to an agreement with them before declaring it their new nickname going forward.
It's unclear which direction the franchise is going to go with the permanent name, but if they take the fans' opinion into account, "Red Wolves" would be the runaway favorite.
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