This morning the Washington Redskins announced via a press release that they would be changing the team’s name as well as their logo.
“Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review,” read the release. “[Team owner] 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 statement was clear to point out these changes would occur *after* their review process is complete. We’re not sure if that means they’ll still be the Redskins and still use that logo during the upcoming 2020 season or not.
Nevertheless, an announcement of the new team name and logo is still expected soon, though the former is reportedly tied up in a trademark issue at the moment.
Rivera has previously said the new name will honour both Native Americans and the United States Military, while it’s widely expected for the team will retain its burgundy and gold colour scheme.
The Redskins adopted their name while playing in Boston back in 1933. The team switched from Boston Braves to Boston Redskins as the team switched stadiums from Braves Field to Fenway Park (home of baseball’s *Red* Sox). The team took the name with them to Washington when relocating there in 1937.
Over the past four decades, the club has been subject to numerous objections to the team name from Native American leaders and groups but the team had long refused to make any change. It wasn’t until several team sponsors put pressure on the club to drop the name over these past few weeks.