April 21, 2021

Around the NFL: What should Washington’s new team name be?

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Being a San Francisco 49ers site, we don’t typically report on the happenings around the rest of the NFL that don’t potentially impact the Bay Area team. This story, however, has been 87 years in the making. The NFL team representing Washington, D.C., may finally drop “Redskins” from its name, which has long been viewed as offensive.

We live in a new world where awareness and compassion seem to be on the rise, and offensive icons like the Washington team name may be on the way out. The team’s stadium sponsor, FedEx, this week requested a name change.

“We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name,” FedEx said in a statement obtained by ESPN.

Frederick Smith, the chairman, CEO, and president of FedEx Corp., owns a minority stake in the team.

Nike struck next, pulling all of Washington’s team gear from its online store. PepsiCo has also been under pressure to sever ties with the team.

Money talks, and has forced Washington to finally look into taking action. The team released the following announcement on Friday after years of pressure to change its name.

Read a statement issued by the team: “In light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community, the Washington Redskins are announcing the team will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name. This review formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks … We believe this review can and will be conducted with the best interest of all in mind.”

So, we at 49ers Webzone ask: What do you think the new name should be for Washington’s NFL team, assuming a change is made?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below or by replying to this on social media.

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