The Washington Redskins have some major changes to think about if they want to return to play within the borders of D.C.
The team will are reportedly stuck at FedEx Field in Prince Georges County, Maryland unless the organization changes its name.
The team is looking to move to a new stadium in the city in the near future. However, their relocation from Maryland to the RFK Stadium in D.C. now hinges on the organization’s willingness to change its name, according to The Washington Post.
“I call on Dan Snyder once again to face that reality, since he does still desperately want to be in the nation’s capital,” D.C.’s nonvoting House Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton said.
“He has got a problem he can’t get around — and he particularly can’t get around it today, after the George Floyd killing.”
D.C. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio agreed with Norton.
“There is no viable path, locally or federally, for the Washington football team to return to Washington, D.C., without first changing the team name,” he said.
On Friday, three separate letters were signed by 87 investment firms and shareholders worth a collective $620 billion.
They asked Nike, FedEx, and PepsiCo to terminate their business relationships with the NFL’s Washington Redskins unless the team agrees to change its controversial name.
Native American leaders have pushed for the team to change its name for decades, including through two high-profile lawsuits.
Washington currently plays at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The stadium opened in 1997.
The Redskins expressed interest in playing at RFK Stadium after a bill was introduced in 2019 urging the federal government to sell the land to the city.
However, the bill won’t pass unless the land is used for the team under a different name.
The Redskins nickname has come under even more scrutiny since the police-involved death of Floyd in May.
The name is a historically “racist” trope about indigenous people, however, the organization has refused to change it. The racist slur also stems from bounties paid to white settlers; in exchange for the skins of Native American adults and children as proof of their murders.
Owner Dan Snyder has said he’s not open to change. He views it as an honor toward Native Americans.
The Washington team has been known as the Redskins since 1933. They initially changed their name from the Boston Braves to the Boston Redskins.
The team then moved to the Washington area in 1937.