Washington Officially Retires Team Name and Logo

John Healy
July 13, 2020 - 9:13 am
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Washington D.C. will soon officially have a new name for its football team.

The team released a statement on Monday morning that the current nickname and logo is being officially retired and that Dan Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design.

According to the Sports Business Journal, a new team nickname may have to wait for an announcement due to pending trademark issues.

Over the weekend, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports said that an announcement could come in the next few days and that teams were informed to scrub Washington's current team logo off of their platforms as a new name could be revealed in the next few days.

Washington announced it would undergo a thorough review of the team name on July 3, just one day after FedEx, which pays for the naming rights to the stadium, put pressure on the team to make a change.

Owner Daniel Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera have been discussing different possibilities, none of which will include Native American imagery, but will still retain the burgundy and gold colors, per multiple reports.

Rivera acknowledged there were two possibilities that he liked, but the options being discussed have not been disclosed.

Some suggestions have been circulating on social media, with quarterback Dwayne Haskins recommending the Washington Red Tails, which was the nickname of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II.

Former Washington defensive back Fred Smoot endorsed renaming the team the Washington Red Wolves, which got support from Haskins, defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and others.

Warriors and Redhawks have also been discussed on social media as alternatives.

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