For the 2020 season, the NFL's Redskins were renamed the Washington Football Team. The move was made to honor the team's Native American heritage and is part of a league-wide initiative called "Redskins Nation."
The team announced on August 4, 2019 that they had signed a contract with the OneAmerica Foundation to become the national ambassadors for the organization's new campaign called "Change the Name." The goal is for the team to play one home game each year at a different American Indian Reservation across the country. Beginning with its debut season in 2020, all proceeds from ticket sales will go toward supporting these games and education programs on tribal nations.
In November 2018, it was reported that the team was considering changing their name if negotiations with the trademark holders failed to result in a new deal. At the time, team owner Dan Snyder said he wasn't willing to give up the name yet. But later in January 2019, after the trademark trial ended in favor of the trademark holders, it was reported that Snyder was open to changing the name if a new marketing deal could be reached with them.
The team said Thursday that it would be known as the "Washington Football Team" for the remainder of the season as it works to secure a new name and logo for the "Redskins," which will be permanently retired once the games begin.
The team announced in March that it was considering changing the name of its football operation after more than 70 years on the field with that name. The NFL approved the request to retire the nickname and logo last year during its meeting in Phoenix.
The move comes less than two months after owner Daniel Snyder said he was willing to pay any amount not to have his team's name changed. The team has been called the Redskins since it moved to Washington D.C. in 1937.
Snyder has come under fire from many groups who say the name is derogatory toward Native Americans. He has defended the name as a tribute to Indian players who helped build the franchise before him.
In June, three students who are leaders of an effort to get the team to change its name were arrested and charged with felony rioting after they allegedly threw rocks at police during protests outside FedExField. The protesters were demonstrating against what they described as a "racist" nickname that insults Native Americans.
The case is pending.
Football Club For over 90 years, the team was known as the Redskins before changing its name to the Washington Football Team before the start of the 2020 NFL season. The team is owned by Steven R. Reed who also owns NBA's Washington Wizards and MLS' Washington DC United.
The team had been calling itself the "Redskins" since it entered the NFL in 1937. African Americans were not allowed to play in the NFL at that time, so they used an acronym for "National Football League." Although there is no evidence that any of them self-identified as such at the time, many of them began calling themselves Indians later in their careers after the 1968 season when some members of the team protested by wearing feathers on their helmets during games (this was before most teams wore any type of uniform). After several players on the team accused owner Daniel Snyder of racism for renaming the team, he defended his decision by saying that the new name would bring in more fans than if the team remained the "Redskins."
You'll have to wait until after the game to find out the outcome.
The Washington Football Team will maintain its current moniker through 2021 before unveiling a new look in 2022. Washington earned their first NFC East title in six years in 2020, while also launching a new moniker, kicking off the franchise's new era as the Washington Football Team. The team will wear orange and black colors during home games, with blue serving as an alternate.
The "Hogs" nickname originated with fans of the team who would dress up in costume and attend games wearing masks of wild hogs. The team never officially adopted the nickname, but it is said to have been used by at least one player during a game vs. Boston College in 1969.
The "Redskins" nickname was originally used by fans as a derogatory term for Native Americans. It has since become associated with racial slurs, particularly among African-Americans. The NFL banned the use of racist names in sports teams or players in 1970, but "Redskins" had already become popular with other teams including the original Baltimore Redskins and Dallas Cowboys (who switched to the "Roys").
The current Washington Redskins began playing in 1947 when they were known as the Boston Braves. They moved to Washington DC the next year after the completion of their only season in Boston. The team went 0-10-1 that year, but improved to 7-5-1 in 1948.
Washington Redskins Football Team/Former Names: Boston Braves, Bronx Rangers, New York Indians (1946-48), Washington Senators (1948-60), and Nationally Televised by NBC Stars and Stripes (1960-64).
The original Washington Redskins played in the National Football League from 1936 to 1972. The team was founded as a member of the American Football League in 1937 and joined the NFL that same year. They went undefeated that season and earned the right to play for the AFL championship against the Chicago Bears. The game was canceled due to war conditions during World War II, so both teams went into hibernation until 1946. When football returned in 1946, the Redskins were renamed twice: first to the Boston Braves (1946-49) then back to the Washington Redskins (1950-72).
During their time as the Boston Braves, the team adopted a controversial logo featuring an Indian with feathers instead of hair. This logo is considered racist by many people today. After one season as the Bronx Rangers, the team's name and logo were changed again to match those of the new television network by which they were being televised.
Despite being the only organization in the four major American sports without a nickname, the Washington Football Team moniker is beginning to grow on fans in the DMV region. The Washington Football Team's moniker will be retained in 2021, with the organization deciding on a permanent name in 2022.