Posted October 28, 2013

Report: Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to meet with Roger Goodell about team name

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Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said he will never change the team's name despite opposition. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said he will never change the team’s name despite opposition. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Synder will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell this week about his team’s nickname — a meeting that will come ahead of the NFL’s meeting with a Native American group that opposes the nickname.

The Washington Post’s Mark Maske reported on the planned Snyder-Goodell meeting, adding that its intention will be to “get more of an understanding from the club as to how it plans to address the issue.” There is nothing to suggest that Snyder has changed his stance. He is a staunch defender of the nickname, as he explained in an open letter to Redskins’ season-ticket holders in early October.

The NFL is scheduled to meet on Wednesday with representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation, which opposes the team’s nickname and says it is offensive to Native Americans.

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The issue of the Redskins’ team name controversy has exploded onto the national scene this season. It has reached all the way up to President Barack Obama, who said he would “think about changing” the team’s name if he was its owner.

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23 comments
fmfrijoles
fmfrijoles

It is sad that this is getting more press than an issue which is destroying Native Americans even worse than an NFL team....the disenfranchising of tribe members due to casino profits.

BillPeterson
BillPeterson

It's amazing how much whining about PC whining goes on here. The only whiners seem to be people whining about PC whiners. Wah. The world is changing. Wah. I don't like it. Wah. 


Akagi1
Akagi1

They could change the name back to the original name (1932) the Braves as they played at Braves Field in Boston. They became the Redskins because they moved to Fenway the next year, but sure the PC Indian victim crowd would oppose that too. They have protested against the Atlanta Braves and thanks to the NCAA and their kowtowing to AIM, et al, a small local "university" changed its name from Braves to Wolfpack. The name is lame...not too many wolves in NW Georgia, but the site of the college is rich in Indian history including a stepping stone of such used by I suppose the Creeks and was the source of their motto at one time "Step Up to West Georgia."

decredico
decredico

this dude is going to cut a deal and make serious bank with a name change and all the4 licensing money that will come with it  ... don;t be fooled ... he will pocket hundreds of millions by pretending to do the right thing for the right reasons  ... its not the money ////

ITS THE MONEY

R3
R3

Crybaby Nation. The PC whiners need to be ignored.

menwindsor
menwindsor

If I were them I would drop the Washington part and just stick with the Redskins.  Who wants to be associated with the politics in DC.

osobear33
osobear33

there are more red skinned scandahuvians than there are native americans! screw P.C.!!

JacquelineT.Karel
JacquelineT.Karel

Dear Mr. Snyder,

      We need everyone rooting for us to win, even the Indians.  Why don't we change the name to:

        "BISONS"?  You wouldn't have to change the tune.  You would only have to change the logo to a bison head.

         Bisons are very American, big, tough and full of ram.  What to you thinK?


Sincerely,

Jacqueline T. Karel

jtkarel@verizon.net

P.S. I am a fan of the team.   

39thstreetg
39thstreetg

Since we're on the topic of offensive team names, I am totally offended every time I hear "Broncos", what did those poor horses ever do to deserve being remembered in the same light as Shannon Sharp?  

Jon8
Jon8

Exploded? No just a media driven assault!

mrfrogburger
mrfrogburger

Or better just mix the letters: the Washington Redinks since the budget is always in the red.

mrfrogburger
mrfrogburger

The Washington Mobsters. That'll go well with the DC elite.

nosemanwvu
nosemanwvu

Redskins forever.

Next time 10% of America votes for a presidential nominee, he should become president?  This issue is more lob-sided than any presidential race that I can remember, and yet we're still listening to this crap?  Why?

Ohhh....  because losers that control major media outlets need to continue to tell us all what to think.

RobbParker
RobbParker

Just drop the "Washington" part. THAT is the embarrassing part.

closetjaysfan
closetjaysfan

Just change the name and get the controversy behind you so we can all focus on how overrated RGIII is.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@JacquelineT.Karel Since nobody, except for less than 10% of Natives themselves (or 0.15% of the total population of the US), give a darn, why are we even talking about this? That's right, it's press for a politically motivated lobby group. If not for this issue, precisely ZERO people would be talking about Native issues. Sadly, this is the least important of the issues facing Natives. Only in Washington... Funny, the Cleveland 'Indians' don't seem to raise a comparable ire, yet it is presumeably much more offensive (caricatured logo, 'Indians' are from India, not North America)... Much worse is the hypocrisy of Natives naming their own culturally homogenous sports teams the same name or similar names, then screaming RACISM when we honour them by naming the face of a proud football team and tradition after them. Whatever, I'm sooooo done with this non-issue.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@39thstreetg His nostrils are definitely horse-sized... Elway, however, looks quite like a horse...

Akagi1
Akagi1

@Joebuckster @JacquelineT.Karel Actually when the Indians and Braves were good they both were subject to protests by the usual suspects...the American Indian Movement...the NAACP of the Indian world as about as relevant.