The Washington Redskins have confirmed they’re planning to “review” their name after increased pressure from anti-racism groups.
The formal review, announced by the NFL franchise on Friday, “formalizes the initial discussion the team has been having with the league in recent weeks” according to a team statement.
It follows FedEx, the chief naming rights partner for the team’s home stadium, urged them to change the controversial name.
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Nike also dropped Redskins apparel from the website in recent days.
Native American groups have long campaigned for a change arguing that both the name and the logo are racist.
“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” team owner Dan Snyder said.
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