FedEx, the sponsor of the stadium during which the Washington Redskins play, requested that the workforce change its identify.
“We've got communicated to the staff in Washington our request that they modify the group identify,” FedEx stated in a statement on Thursday. Native American teams have argued that the workforce identify is racist.
On Friday, the workforce responded by saying that a assessment will probably be carried out to formalize “the preliminary discussion the staff has been having with the league in current weeks.”
“This process permits the staff to bear in mind not solely the proud tradition and history of the franchise but in addition input from our alumni, the group, sponsors, the National Football League, and the area people it's proud to characterize on and off the sector,” staff owner Dan Snyder stated in a statement after renewed calls to vary the identify and emblem.
The assertion famous that the dialogue is being held “in mild of current occasions around our nation and feedback from our group.”
Ron Rivera, the top coach of the workforce, stated that the “concern is of private significance to me, and I look ahead to working intently” with group leaders to help “Native People and our army,” with out elaborating.
FedEx paid $205 million to the workforce in 1998 in a deal that runs until 2025 for naming rights on the stadium, which is situated in Landover, Maryland. Frederick Smith, the CEO of FedEx, owns a stake in the workforce.
Native American leaders have tried to pressure Snyder to vary the identify of the workforce, which was established in 1933. Teams have protested the identify and attempted to win in courtroom, all of which have failed.
In 2013, Snyder informed USA Today that he would “by no means change the identify” of the staff. “As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I feel that the Redskins fans perceive the good custom and what it’s all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be simply working on subsequent season,” he stated.
“It’s that straightforward. NEVER—you need to use caps,” Snyder stated.
Former Redskins participant Brian Mitchell advised Sky Sports activities on Thursday that it appears “inevitable” that the group will change its identify because of corporate strain from FedEx and Nike.
“But right now, this factor appears to be snowballing, and it’s going to be something that you simply really, really have to consider,” Mitchell said. “Whenever you take a look at a whole lot of different things which are occurring and transpired, right now, it seems to be probably the most recent I’ve ever seen.”