Washington is finally set to rid itself of its ‘Redskins’ nickname.
According to Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily, Washington intends to retire its nickname in an announcement on Monday, though the team has yet to decide what it’s next name will be.
The Redskins intend to announce on Monday that the team will retire its nickname, two sources said, 11 days after naming-rights sponsor FedEx’s public statement asking for a change to the controversial moniker. The new nickname will not be announced immediately because trademark issues are pending, the sources said, but insiders were told today that the “thorough review” announced July 3 has concluded. The team felt it was important to remove any doubts as to the future of the name, one source said.
The Washington Redskins came into existence back in 1932, originally as the Boston Braves. However, the name would be changed in 1933 to avoid confusion with the baseball team to the Boston Redskins. In 1937, the team moved to Washington and have kept that name ever since.
The Redskins name has been controversial for a long time with many protests for the name to be removed, especially within the Native American community. You can read more about that here.
This was long overdue, but it’s good to see it’s finally happening.
Now, what should Washington’s next name be?