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The NFL’s Washington Redskins launched a formal review into their controversial team name after several of their top corporate sponsors publicly called for a change.
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Team officials said Friday that they are considering a change after weeks of discussions with the NFL and key partners. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed support for the decision.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS TO REVIEW TEAM NAME, CONSIDER CHANGE
“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,” Washington team owner Dan Snyder said in a statement announcing the review.
Companies have stepped up pressure on the franchise since earlier this week, when a group of 87 investment firms and shareholders demanded that PepsiCo, Nike and FedEx cut ties with the team unless officials agree to change the name. Critics have long argued that the Redskins name and logo is racist.
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