Washington Redskins Say Team Name Will Undergo A 'Thorough Review'

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"This review formalises initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks".

Snyder admitted that the move was triggered by the "recent events around [the US]", after defending the team's name for years.

A former player who has stayed friendly with Snyder and also spoke on the condition of anonymity said, "The name is offensive to Native Americans and should be changed".

At the turn of the millennium, FedEx paid $205m (£165m) for the naming rights to the Redskins' 82,000-seat stadium in Maryland. FedEx founder, chairman and CEO Frederick Smith also is a team minority owner.

In the letters, the firms urged each sponsor to pressure Washington officials to change the name and sever business ties if they refused to comply. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league has been in touch with owner Dan Snyder and supports this step.

Finally, if anyone expected sympathy for incoming Washington head coach Mark Rivera, who's faces the daunting task of turning around a franchise that's been headed in the wrong direction nearly since the day arrogant owner Daniel Snyder bought the team in 1999, think again.

For years, Snyder has vocally opposed any suggestion of changing the team name, even telling USA Today in 2013, "We'll never change the name".

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Nike did not immediately make a public statement, but the sporting goods giant removed Redskins merchandise from its online store on Thursday.

The third sponsor, PepsiCo, added its own statement on Friday morning, saying the company "believe (s) it is time for a change".

In 2014, NCAI produced a commercial it hoped to air during the Super Bowl that called out the Washington team for its use of a racial slur.

But what should the new team name be?

Ron Rivera, in his first season as Washington's head coach, said he will take part in the review.

Engagement on the subject of the Redskins' team name and its associated imagery requires a recognition of where concerns about them come from as well as the franchise's legitimately checkered racial history...

The team has already responded to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement by removing a monument to former owner George Preston Marshall, the last National Football League team owner to resist signing black players.

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