The Washington Redskins have not had to face this scrutiny surrounding their name like they have in 2020 with what is going on in the country.
On Wednesday, the Washington Redskins face renewed pressure to change their nickname, but this time protestors targeted their sponsors.
Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo each received letters signed by 87 investment firms and shareholders worth a combined $620 billion asking the companies to sever ties with the Redskins unless they change their controversial name.
Less than 24 hours later, FedEx responded:
It should be noted that naming rights for FedEx Field runs through 2027.
The team is looking to move to a new stadium in the near future, but their relocation from Maryland to the RFK Stadium in D.C. now hinges on the organization’s willingness to change its name.
“I call on Dan Snyder once again to face that reality, since he does still desperately want to be in the nation’s capital,” D.C.’s nonvoting House Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton said. “He has got a problem he can’t get around — and he particularly can’t get around it today, after the George Floyd killing.”
D.C. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio agreed with Norton.
“There is no viable path, locally or federally, for the Washington football team to return to Washington, D.C., without first changing the team name,” he said.