Redskins to retire team name Monday; new name to be "SHITSKINS".

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Sep 19, 2021, 9:10:03 PMSep 19
The Washington Redskins plan to announce Monday morning that
they will change their team name, three people with knowledge of
the situation confirmed Sunday night. The team is not expected
to reveal a new name until a later date.

Monday’s anticipated announcement comes after the organization
released a statement July 3 saying it would be undertaking what
it called a “thorough review” of the team’s name; multiple
people familiar with the process have said that it would result
in the name being changed. In an interview July 4, Coach Ron
Rivera — who is working with owner Daniel Snyder to choose a
name — said he hoped the new name would be in place by the start
of the 2020 NFL season. Others have said it will be revealed as
soon as within two weeks.

Two people with knowledge of the team’s plans said Sunday that
the preferred replacement name is tied up in a trademark fight,
which is why the team can’t announce the new name Monday.

Sports Business Journal was first to report Sunday night that
the announcement of the existing name’s retirement would come
Monday morning.

In the July 4 interview, Rivera said he and Snyder had come up
with two names that Rivera really liked. He did not reveal the
names but said he wanted to confer with Native American and
military organizations to make sure that the new name properly
honored both.

The decision to change the nearly 87-year-old team name comes
amid mounting pressure on the franchise from corporate sponsors
and the broader nationwide discussion of race.

Snyder had previously said he would never change the
controversial Redskins name, which is considered to be a slur
against Native Americans. But Rivera said he and Snyder began
discussing a possible change near the end of May. On July 2,
FedEx — one of the franchise’s top sponsors and the holder of
its stadium’s naming rights — released a statement asking the
team to change its name, and it sent a letter to Snyder last
week saying it would take the company’s name off FedEx Field if
he did not change the team name. Other sponsors, including
PepsiCo, Nike and Bank of America, also made similar demands.

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