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The Money Might Make Daniel Snyder Change the Name

We are, rapidly, seeing things I never thought I’d see during what can only be described as a tidal wave of social justice crusading. One example of this came when Ron Johnson, a staunch Republican senator from Wisconsin, lobbied to replace Columbus Day as a national holiday with Juneteenth. Another is that massively influential figures and business relationships are circling around Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and pressuring him to change the team name.

People have been shouting at the top of their lungs for this to happen for years now, but three things in particular stood out in the last several days:

1) Tony Dungy, whom is very popular in conservative football circles for his faith, leadership, and ability to temper his emotions, said that he would not utter the team name on NBC studio telecasts. “It’s not hard to change the name,” Dungy told William C. Rhoden of ESPN. “When I’m on the air, I try to just refer to them as Washington. I think it’s appropriate.”

2) 87 investors, worth a combined $620 billion, urged the team’s three biggest sponsors — Nike, FedEx, and PepsiCo — to cease their relationships unless there was a name change.

3) FedEx, which has the naming rights to the team’s stadium worth a total of $205 million, urged them to change the name. With the way these things work, that’s pretty close to checkmate.

Start making bets now amongst your inner circle whether the team will still be called the Redskins the next time they play football. As much as it will kill Daniel Snyder inside to succumb to what he believes is the outrage mob, I’d bet he does it. The more significant question might be what the team is called next.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. Hey Ryan,
    Why would it “kill Daniel Snyder inside to succumb to what he believes is the outrage mob”?
    I mean, Snyder bought the team before the 1999 season, so he’s owned it for 20 years, but he’s known about the name controversy forever. Why should he be dying inside if he has to change the name? It’s not like he founded the team and his oldest daughter got to name them, right?
    Back before the wheel was invented there was the Boston Braves baseball team and the Boston Braves football team; no controversy there. So why not revert to the Washington Braves? Just sayin.
    Cheers,
    Rick

  2. Native Americans have been polled on this issue and find it overwhelmingly non offensive. I have have indigenous heritage as well and do not find it offensive.

    https://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/washington-post-poll-of-native-americans-on-redskins-team-name/2032/

    This is all division caused by left wing activists deceiving well meaning white people and fearful corporations into bending the knee.

    The Redskin imagery is regal and is no different than Viking or Fighting Irish. We romanticize these symbols for their fierce bravery and strength. Its an honor. Its not racist.

  3. The name will be changed and Snyder will make money from it. He may as well lean into it. Washington Warriors, or Washington Gridlocks are my suggestions. At this point it doesn’t matter if they should be required to change, once the NFL endorsed the Marxist overlords, the Washington football team was on the clock for a name change.

  4. I’m offended by the N word.

    Being half Armenian and half black Irish, I’ve been called Sand N ****r. An old friend once referred to me as your people’ during the Gulf War. Yep – ‘you people’. I laughed in each case.

    Where do I go to get that word removed from the English language?

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