What’s going on Sports Wars and year after year we hear this call for the Washington Redskins to change their name and year after year team owner Dan Snyder answers with the same thing never we will never change the Washington Redskins name. But this time it’s going to be interesting to see what happens because with everything going on in the world right now, we know corporations are bending over backward for anyone that complaints about anything that could potentially be insensitive.
You see, right the stadium sponsor Fed Ex asks Redskins to change nickname. Now this story comes after this morning, where we had this report investors reportedly call on corporations to cut ties with Washington Redskins. You can see, according to ad week 37, investment firms and shareholders sent three separate letters to Nike PepsiCo and FedEx last week pressuring each of the companies to cut ties with the NFL franchise.
The investors argue that the Redskins name perpetuated racism against Native Americans, and a partnership with the team conflicted with each company’s commitment to inclusion diversity and racial equality. Of course, the letter mentions black lives matter movement and everything going on, but FedEx actually took that step FedEx which has naming rights to the stadium which the Washington Redskins play made a request Thursday that the team changed the nickname and of course it’s not a nickname that is the name of the team, it is the Washington Redskins we have come.
We have connected to the team in Washington. Our appeal that they changed the team name FedEx said in a statement obtained by ESPN FedEx paid twenty-two hundred and five million dollars to the Redskins for naming rights to the stadium.
In 1998 a deal that runs through 2025 that seems like actually a pretty darn good deal a 27 year deal for 200 million dollars. Frederick Smith, the chairman CEO and president of FedEx Corp, also keeps a minority stake in the Redskins that is essential as well. The CEO of FedEx also owns part of the Redskins team owner Dan Snyder has been under pressure to change its nickname with protesters targeting the sponsors.
According to ad week and, of course, the Statue of the Washington Redskins founder, the original person who created the team was taken down at the airport just a few weeks ago. FedEx Nike and PepsiCo each received letters just like we said in 2014 the Onita tribe of Indians of Wisconsin as FedEx Gerald’s to reconsider the naming rights, but Cheryl’s voted to stick with the company officials. And of course, six years have passed since 2014 now everything’s different.
Now they really care about this thing right FedEx really cares evidently Native American leaders want Schneider to change the name. When the franchise has used since 1933 in the past groups disputed the name and tried to win in court, those efforts unsuccessful the Washington Post reported that the District of Columbia.
So DC’s delegate to the House of Representatives made it clear that the nickname needed to change if the team wanted to return to the district that stance there’s a potential roadblock. If the franchise wants to move back to DC instead of where they currently are in Landover Maryland after the 2027 season, it’s going to be tough to see.
I would have completely said you know a year ago that there’s no way Dan Steiner will ever change the name to this because it is often a very small minority of people that are calling for this team name to be changed. But today we know that the minority is very loud. So what’s going to happen this time, you’re not going to have a huge vocal support group because people will be afraid to be canceled that is what is going on in society right now.
Championships will be held in Mississippi because you have the Confederate flag on your Mississippi state flag, and what happened the universities pressured Mississippi, and they changed their state flag that is what’s going on right now ladies and gentlemen, so we’ll see if Dan Snyder what he’s going to do is he going to submit to the request from FedEx from their sponsor to change the team name. I honestly think they will, and I think this is finally the time which they will change the name due to this pressure bolt.