Edmonton Football Team annual general meeting will not include new name announcement

The Edmonton Football Team’s annual general meeting is slated for Tuesday, May 11.

There has been speculation that the franchise could unveil its new name at the event, but 3DownNation has confirmed the topics will be focused on the year of 2020.

Edmonton released a statement on July 3, 2020 claiming they would not change their name, though a report two weeks later indicated that an internal decision had been made to discontinue the use of the word ‘Eskimo.’ On July 21, the team announced that it would be changing its name.

“Our team has a long history of winning – both on and off the field – and we will continue to do so going forward,” Janice Agrios, chair of the board of directors, said in a statement at the time.

“We feel it is important to make this change in response to the findings of our recent engagement and research. Going forward, we want the focus to be on the work we do in the community and our team’s excellence on the field as the CFL’s most successful franchise.”

Edmonton solicited names from the public in November 2020 and received 14,833 submissions with 2,047 unique name entries from all over the world. It resulted in a list of ten top name submissions from fans, which were unveiled the following month.

The final seven options were released in February 2021, including Elk, Evergreens, Evergolds, Eclipse, Elkhounds, Eagles, and Elements.

Edmonton initially stated that it would release its new name in spring 2021, though no formal update has been provided regarding the timeline.

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