Washington Football Team set to finally reveal new team name

The team dropped their former nickname following allegations of racism.

The Washington Football Team will unveil its new team name on Wednesday after two years of speculation.

Washington dropped its former name, the Redskins, in July 2020 after years of complaints about its racist connotations toward Native Americans.

“On July 3, we announced the start of a comprehensive team name review…Today, we are announcing that we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of that review.” the team said in a July 3 statement. 2020.

The team adopted the generic “Washington Football Team” two weeks later, although it was only supposed to be in place for the 2020-21 season. The team decided to keep the name for another season as they worked out a new name and copyright complications.

Washington co-CEO Tanya Snyder, wife of owner Daniel Snyder, told ESPN in September that she narrowed down the final eight nominees to Armada, Brigade, Commanders, Defenders, Presidents, Redhawks, RedWolves and Team current football.

However, team president Jason Wright announced last month that RedWolves, one of the most popular names on social media, would not be the name of the team due to copyright issues. author.

“Early on, we understood that Wolves – or some variation thereof – was one of our fan favorites,” Wright wrote in a publication on the team’s website. “As I’ve always said, we take feedback from our fans seriously, and due to your interest in this name, we’ve put Wolves on a list of options to fully explore. Once we get started In reviewing Wolves, however, we became aware of a notable challenge: trademarks held by other teams would limit our ability to appropriate the name. And without Wolves, variants like RedWolves would not have been viable for these and other reasons.

Daniel Snyder had long said he would “never” change the team’s name despite outcry from activists and many Native American groups. However, following the summer 2020 racial protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of multiple Minneapolis police officers and a letter to team sponsors from dozens of stockholders, Snyder announced that the team would initiate its review of the name.

Wright said last month that the name of the team had already been decided, although it was not disclosed. Washington legend Joe Theismann, who led the team to a Super Bowl 17 win, appeared to reveal the new name would be the Commanders in an interview this week with CBS Sports Radio, when he said, “I think commanders is a name i hope people like going forward there were so many different options.

he later told the Washington Timeshowever, that he didn’t know it would be the commanders for sure.

Wright said he hopes the new team name will satisfy fans.

“And while we’ve always understood that it would be nearly impossible to select a name that all of our fans would identify with as their first choice, we are very pleased with our final selection, which aligns with our values, carries our rich history, represents the region and, most importantly, is inspired and informed by you, our fans,” Wright wrote in January.

ABC News’ Rosa Sanchez contributed to this report.

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