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Washington's NFL team will retire team name, announce new mascot at later date

EJ Smith, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Football

The Washington NFL team's controversial name is one step closer to being put to bed.

The team announced Monday a name change is imminent, ousting the polarizing name and mascot that dates back almost 87 years. On July 3, the team started a "thorough review" of the name "Redskins," which is widely considered a derogatory slur against Native Americans.

After 10 days, Washington's owner, Dan Snyder, is ready to listen to the public calls for a change. According to a release, Snyder will involve newly hired Washington coach Ron Rivera, a Latino man, while coming up with a new name and uniform design.

"Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise, and inspire our sponsors, fans, and community for the next 100 years," the statement read.

Rivera, who was hired last December, hasn't been shy about his opinion of the former name, telling The Washington Post on July 4 he hoped the name would be changed before the start of the 2020 season.

Washington has 12 days to make Rivera's wish come true. If coronavirus doesn't postpone the start of NFL training camp, Washington will return to the practice field on July 25 and possibly in some new digs. The team hasn't laid out a timetable for a name change, but a rebranding of uniforms, team apparel and logos could take some time once a new name is announced.

 

According to an ESPN report, there's a chance Washington already has a new name in mind and an announcement could come as soon as this week.

There has been some speculation and lobbying for the new team name. According to odds released Monday by Bovada, a popular offshore betting site, the Red Tails and Red Clouds are the leaders in the clubhouse at +275 each. "Red Tails" was originally the nickname for the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black men to fly planes for the U.S. military.

Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins gave the name an early endorsement on Twitter, saying he liked it if the team had to change the name.

The Warriors are next at +300 and the Presidents, Monuments, Americans, Hogs, Generals, and Federals are all less than +1000 odds.

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