When Washington decided to adopt Football Team as its nickname in 2020, most people expected it to be a short-term solution. Well, bad news Washington fans; Football Team is here to stay.
In a chat with WJLA on Tuesday, Washington’s team president Jason Wright said that the organization will keep the current name for the 2021 NFL season as well.
“There’s a pretty good chance we will be the Washington Football Team next season,” said Wright.
According to Wright, Washington is still behind in the process of developing the team’s new identity. This makes the use of a placeholder more likely.
“I think next year is fast because of how the brand has to come together through uniforms, through approval processes through the league,” he added. “We could get there quicker, it’s actually pretty hard to get there that quickly because of all the steps that need to happen.”
Washington used the nickname Redskins for the past 87 years, but the team often faced criticism as the name is considered derogatory. The team’s owner Dan Snyder refused to make a change on previous occasions but an overwhelming pressure from the public and the possibility of losing sponsors made him reconsider his stance earlier this year.
The franchise officially announced the retirement of the name „Redskins“ on July 13th. The Football Team nickname was adopted 10 days later as a placeholder until the new name is determined.