Tuesday, July 14, 2020

MY STORY: Washington NFL Name Change Puts Focus On Other Teams

Law360 (July 14, 2020, 12:08 AM EDT) -- The Washington, D.C., NFL team is dropping its controversial nickname and logo after years of resistance to pressure from Native Americans and others who say they are racist, a move that experts say signals a growing societal push to remove Native American names and imagery from sports even as legal efforts to do so have fallen short. 

The team confirmed Monday that it will abandon its controversial name and logo after FedEx, which has naming rights to the team's Maryland stadium, FedExField, threatened to pull it out of that deal if the name was not changed. Retailers Amazon, Walmart and Target have also said in recent days that they will stop carrying the team's merchandise with the name and logo.

The move puts additional pressure on other professional sports teams that continue to use Native American-based names or imagery, including the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, MLB's Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves, the NBA's Golden State Warriors, and the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks.

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