NFL Commissioner: No Name Change to Washington Redskins

Roger Goodell says owner Dan Snyder has remained firm in his decision to keep the name.

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Redskins helmets on display during a Washington Redskins Mini-Camp workout session at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia in 2016. (Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that he does not foresee anything changing with the Washington Redskins nickname. This comes one day after the Cleveland Indians announced they would no longer use Chief Wahoo as a symbol after this season. Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has remained firm in his desire to keep the nickname, and Goodell told the Golic & Wingo show, “I don’t see him changing that perspective.” Synder once told USA Today that he’ll never change the nickname and that “you can use caps.” Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred was supportive of the Indians’ decision to drop the logo and has reportedly been urging the team to go in that direction. But Goodell does not seem to be inclined to do the same. In 2016, The Washington Post polled 504 Native Americans and found that 10 percent deemed the name as offensive. The Change the Mascot campaign issued a statement by Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter after the Indians announced their decision Monday, urging Washington to do the same. Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that a trademark law barring disparaging teams infringes on free speech rights.

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