The Washington Redskins informed Monday that they will be retiring their nickname and logo after completing a thorough review that started on July 3.
“Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review,” the team said in a statement.
It had been widely expected that Washington would change its name, and one source said Saturday night that an announcement of a new name would come soon.
Sports Business Daily reported that the announcement of a new name has been delayed because trademark issues are pending.
Last week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the franchise would not use any Native American imagery. Washington’s logo of an American Indian chief was designed by a Native American in 1971.
Another source told ESPN that the plan, as of now, is for the franchise to keep its use of burgundy and gold colors. Rivera had said the team wanted to include the military in its new name.
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Carla Fredericks, the director of the American Indian Law Clinic and director of First Peoples Worldwide, said she did not want to see the team pivot to a name such as the Warriors. She said it would be considered a tie-in to Native Americans.
The franchise said on July 3 that it would undergo a thorough review of its 87-year-old name, which is viewed as derogatory.
By that point, multiple sources said, team owner Snyder already was engaged in talks with the league about a possible new name. Several sources said the name would change, but there was nothing official from the team.
On July 2, FedEx issued a statement saying it had informed the team it wanted the name changed. The other sponsors later released statements saying the same. Amazon said it would stop selling the team’s merchandise.
Walmart and Target said they would stop selling their gear in stores. And, according to The Washington Post, FedEx said it would remove its signage from the stadium unless the name was changed for the 2021 campaign.
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