NFL's Washington Redskins Facing Pressure To Change Team Name
NFL's Washington Redskins team owner, Dan Snyder, has been under more pressure in recent weeks to change the name of his team, given the national focus on human rights and social justice after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.
The Washington Redskins name controversy involves the name and logo of the Washington Redskins. Native Americans have been questioning the use of the name and image since the 1960s, while the topic has received widespread public attention since the 1990s.
- FedEx, Nike, and PepsiCo publicly announced support for a change. As a result, the NFL and management has announced that a process of review of the name will begin.
- Native American leaders want Snyder to change the name, which the franchise has used since 1933. In the past, groups protested the name and tried to win in court. Those efforts failed.
- FedEx, which has naming rights to the team's stadium under a $205 million deal that runs until 2025, requested the team change its name.
- Sponsors Nike and PepsiCo also reportedly are under pressure to sever ties with the team unless it changes its name, Adweek has reported.
- On Thursday night, Nike appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store. The other 31 NFL teams were listed, and a search for "Redskins'' came up with no results.