Washington might have an issue when coming up with a new nickname to replace the Redskins, which had been the team’s name since 1933.
While fans have clamored for the team to call itself the Washington Red Wolves, Washington RedTails, or even the Washington Generals, CBS Sports noted that someone owns the trademarks for several possible iterations of the new Washington name.
A realtor in Alexandria, Va., reportedly holds the trademarks for the Washington Red Wolves, Washington Tribe, Washington RedTails, Washington Monuments, Washington Veterans, Washington Renegades Gridiron Football, Washington Braves Professional Football Team, Washington Freedom Fighters, Washington War Hogs, Washington Radskins, Washington Red-Tailed Hawks and Washington Potomacs.
The organization announced Monday it will retire the name and the logo.
“On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward,” the team said.
“Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review.
“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 move comes amid corporate and public pressure about the name’s racial connotations.