Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder told USA Today that the team will not change its name, despite increased calls to do so.
“We will never change the name of the team,” Snyder said. “As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it’s all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season.”
Lawmakers have recently called on the NFL franchise to change its name, including Washington’s city council, its congressional delegate, and its mayor. A recent Associated Press/GfK poll found that 79 percent of Americans support the “Redskins” name, while 11 percent oppose it and think it should be changed.