Redskins name change - here we go again...!!!
As if there wasn't enough drama in DC, now the Mayor wants to stir things up a little bit more. I know there was a thread about this in the past (but are you shocked that I can't find it...?)
Anywho....can someone tell the Mayor to keep his NOSE out of the NFL...???
[quote:96b8645b27]The Washington Redskins could be on the verge of being pressured to change their name.
NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal reports that "Washington D.C. mayor Vincent C. Gray suggested Wednesday that he'd like to discuss a possible name change with the Washington Redskins franchise."
The mayor's stance is not surprising. After all, the team name is terribly politically incorrect, and politics are always front and center in the nation's capital. This is a favorable position for the mayor to take as he tries to make his voting base happy, and the negative backlash is minimal.
As it is now, the Redskins don't even play in the District of Columbia, but their home, FedEx Field, is outdated and this historic franchise could use a new stadium.
To that end, there have been discussions to build them a new stadium in D.C.; that process will be a lot easier on the Redskins' end if the mayor is on board with the process, and that means the Redskins would be wise to heed the mayor's wishes.
This won't be an easy decision for the Redskins, and owner Daniel Snyder hasn't been the type to cave in to the demands of others.
Since 1932, the franchise has been building tremendous value in its brand under the Redskins name.
However, there is reason to believe that the pressure to change their name will only increase and it will likely come to a point where maintaining the name becomes bad business for the organization.
While there will be a period of disconnect while they work under a new name, at some point, this switch will need to be made. They might as well do that now and get it over with.