Washington’s NFL team retires Redskins name, logo after major sponsor backlash

Washington’s National Football League team will have a new name.

Just 10 days ago, owner Dan Snyder announced a thorough review of the Redskins nickname. That followed withdrawals of prominent sponsors, including Nike removing all team apparel from its websites and stores, and, FedEx, the title sponsor of Washington’s home field, requested a name change.

The Washington NFL franchise released a statement on Monday, July 13:

“On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward.

Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review.

Dan Snyder and Coach [Ron] Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.”

It’s a complete change from Snyder who said in 2013 the Redskins would never change the name: “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.” Washington’s football team had used the name Redskins since 1932.

The Edmonton Eskimos have been under scrutiny for its team name after it became inevitable Washington was changing theirs.