Edmonton CFL franchise making ‘major’ announcement today

The Edmonton Canadian Football League franchise is set to make a ‘major’ announcement at 3:15 p.m. eastern time, 1:15 p.m. local.

Edmonton board chair Janice Agrios along president and chief operating office Chris Presson will be present.

It’s all but official the Eskimos will be known by another nickname. TSN’s Ryan Rishaug reported on Thursday, July 16: Sources tell TSN an internal decision has been made, the Edmonton Eskimos will be changing their name. 

It wasn’t long ago, Friday, July 3, to be exact, the Eskimos stated the team would not be changing its moniker. Siting the fact the club has spent time up north consulting with members of the Inuit community and found there was “no consensus” among Inuit regarding their name.

After Belairdirect stated concrete action in the near future was needed, including a name change, the Esks shifted their stance. The Eskimos followed by announcing the franchise was accelerating its ongoing internal review of their team name.

Edmonton has 12 current premier corporate partners. Belairdirect delivered a pointed message to the franchise and Sports Interaction joined them.

Edmonton’s CFL franchise won’t be known as the Eskimos anymore. Remember: the team trademarked the name “Edmonton Empire” in 2018.

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