Washington’s NFL Team Drops ‘Redskins’ Name After 87 Years
By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's NFL team is shedding the "Redskins" name and logo after recent pressure from sponsors and decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans.
The change comes less than two weeks after team owner Dan Snyder launched an organizational review of the name.
A new name for one of football's oldest franchises must still be selected and it's unclear how soon that will happen.
Snyder said he wanted to take into account the "proud tradition and history of the franchise" but also wants to include input from others including the organization, the community and the National Football League.
Native American experts and advocates have long protested the name they call a "dictionary-defined racial slur."
The name dates to 1933 when the team was still based in Boston.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that he was "supportive of this important step."