Washington Redskins, the Washington NFL team has faced a lot of fire in the past for controversial nomenclature. The “Redskins” label is considered offensive by indigenous Americans.
However, the team has resisted any efforts to change the name.
Now, amidst all that’s happening in the country, the demand for a name change has been reignited. FedEx, which owns the rights to the Maryland stadium, has requested the team for a name change. Notably, FedEx chief executive Fred Smith also owns a minority stake in the team.
WILL WASHINGTON REDSKINS CHANGE ITS NAME?
The chances aren’t very good. However, with Mayor Muriel Bowser also stepping up the charge, anything is possible right now.
“I think it’s past time for the team to deal with what offends so many people,” Bowser said. “And this is a great franchise with a great history that’s beloved in Washington, and it deserves a name that reflects the affection that we’ve built for the team.”
It was reported that shareholders worth $620 billion had urged FedEx, Nike, and Pepsico. to stop business with the team until the name is changed. However, FedEx becomes the first company to take action. This can lead to some major repercussions.
However, the team’s majority owner has previously expressed his firm views against renaming the team.
While speaking to USA Today in 2013, Dan Snyder said that he would “never change the name.”
“It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”
NFL teams depend a lot on corporate funding for various aspects of their planning. That means that pressure by their financiers can actually lead to tangible change. It will be interesting to see if the team decides to respond to the move made by FedEx.