The Edmonton-based CFL team will no longer be called “Eskimos.”
It was earlier this month when Edmonton was put on blast because of its offensive team name. On Tuesday, the team officially announced that it would retire the “Eskimos” name.
The decision comes after a review by the team and after it twice said this year that it was keeping the name, which has been associated with Edmonton sports teams since the 19th century.
“Our team has a long history of winning — both on and off the field — and we will continue to do so going forward,” board chair Janice Agrios said in a statement. “We feel it is important to make this change in response to the findings of our recent engagement and research. Going forward, we want the focus to be on the work we do in the community and our team’s excellence on the field as the CFL’s most successful franchise.”
The statement adds that the club will “undertake a comprehensive engagement process” to find a new name which will include “research and engagement with season seat holders, casual ticket purchasers and partners.”
Similar to Washington’s football team, Edmonton made the right call and has decided to move on from its original name.
Aside from the name change, the CFL is still trying to figure out how it’ll handle the 2020 season. There are health concerns and financial issues plaguing the league right now because of COVID-19.
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