By Associated Press
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington’s NFL team announced it will no longer be called the Redskins, the team announced on Monday.
“Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo,” the team said in a statement on July 13.
It’s unclear when a new name will be revealed for one of the league’s oldest franchises.
USA Today, ESPN, the Washington Post, the Washington Times and Sports Business Journal reported Sunday night that owner Dan Snyder was set to “retire” the name. Yahoo, on Saturday, reported a name change was imminent.
The team launched a ‘thorough review’ of the name July 3 that the NFL supported. That came in the aftermath of prominent sponsors FedEx, Nike, PepsiCo and Bank of America asking the team to change the name.
FedEx /zigman2/quotes/203047719/composite FDX +1.16% is the title sponsor of the team’s stadium in Landover, Md., and FedEx CEO Frederick Smith is a minority owner. Nike /zigman2/quotes/203439053/composite NKE -1.86% and other companies pulled team gear from their online stores.
Over a dozen Native American leaders and organizations wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week demanding an immediate end to Washington’s use of the name. In the letter that was obtained by The Associated Press, they said they “expect the NFL to engage in a robust, meaningful reconciliation process with Native American movement leaders, tribes, and organizations to repair the decades of emotional violence and other serious harms this racist team name has caused to Native Peoples.”