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Washington Redskins will retire their team name, according to report, amid heightened discussions about race

Added 07-13-20 01:14:02am EST - “The NFL team's name, which it instituted in 1933, has received a resurgence of criticism in recent weeks.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Washington Redskins will retire their team name, according to report, amid heightened discussions about race”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Washington Redskins will retire their team name, The Washington Post reported on Sunday, following intensified discussions about race sparked by recent Black Lives Matter protests.

Sources told The Post that the NFL team plans to announce the changes on Monday, adding that the team is not expected to reveal its new name until a later date due to trademark issues. 

Discussions surrounding the team's controversial name and logo were reignited this month after sponsors threatened to distance themselves from the team. FedEx, which lends its name to the team's home field, reportedly issued a statement on July 2 urging the team to change its name.

In response, the team said in a statement that it would conduct a "thorough review" of its moniker, which it instated in 1933.

Walmart and Target have pulled Washington Redskins products from its shelves in response to the controversy. Nike has also removed Redskins merchandise from its site. 

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