The Washington football team released a statement on Wednesday regarding the promotion of Jeff Scott to assistant director of pro scouting and advance coordinator. However, beyond the transaction, the release itself was interesting.
After the franchise announced on Monday that it was retiring the former name of the team, the release on Wednesday was the first in which there was no mention of the old moniker. In addition, the former logo that was traditionally used at the top of announcements was absent as well.
The choice to just refer to the team as "Washington" and eliminate the logo is a quick departure from the language and imagery that was used just two days prior. Despite the initial release acting as the announcement that the name was going to be retired, the former team moniker was still used several times in the statement, and the logo was present at the top.
In announcing they will no longer use the name and logo, Washington’s NFL team issues statement on letterhead that includes the “R word” 7 times and logo once. @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/SWHv4qmOmL— Mark Segraves (@SegravesNBC4) July 13, 2020
The inclusion of the old name and logo was something that frustrated many. ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio stated that the release was "one final act of defiance" by team owner Dan Snyder. ESPN's Michael Wilbon called it "annoying" and "tone-deaf" and The Washington Post columnist and ESPN panelist Kevin Blackistone found numerous issues with the way it was presented and written.
With the style of Wednesday's press release, it appears the franchise will no longer be referring to the team by its old name, even as the search for a new brand continues on.
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