Well-known sponsors, as well as leaders of Native American organizations, have called for the name to be changed.
ASHBURN, VA. – A Washington team in the National Football League will drop the name Redskins on Monday, several media outlets reported.
It is unknown whether the new name of one of the oldest NFL teams will be announced.
USA Today, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Sports Business Journal, and ESPN reported Sunday evening that team owner Dan Snyder intends to retire the name. Yahoo said on Saturday that a name change is imminent.
The team began a “thorough analysis” of the name on July 3, which was supported by the NFL. This happened after well-known sponsors such as FedEx, Nike, PepsiCo, and Bank of America asked the team to change its name.
The team’s stadium in Landover, Maryland, is named after FedEx, and its chief executive, Frederic Smith, is a minority owner. Nike and other companies have removed clothing with the team’s logos from their online stores.
More than a dozen Native American leaders and organizations have written to NFL chief Roger Goodell, demanding that the Washington team immediately stop using the name.
The authors of the letter, seen by the Associated Press, said they expect “the NFL to engage in a full, serious reconciliation process with Native American movement leaders, tribes, and organizations to address the consequences of decades of emotional abuse and other serious harm caused by the use of this racist name to indigenous peoples.”