Media reports say a Native American tribe in New York has announced it will run a radio campaign pushing the team to stop call using “Redskins.”
Maybe it’s time for Washington and the NFL to give in on this issue. Changing a nickname really isn’t that big of a deal. The NBA’s Washington franchise wasn’t always known as the Wizards. They won an NBA championship as the Bullets in 1978.
Heck, even the University of Alabama wasn’t always the Crimson Tide. That nickname evolved from a pre-World War I football game against Auburn in the rain. Before that, newspaper reports often referred to Alabama as the “Thin Red Line.” The university was a military school during 1860-1903 and when the football team began in 1892, it often was referred to as the “cadets.”
So, why shouldn’t Washington’s NFL team change its name? Offer the proper apology for taking so long to do it, and then do what NFL teams do best – make money.
Host a contest. Let fans fight to name the team. Switch the colors, too. Market new hats, jerseys, T-shirts, pom-poms, etc. Sell everything you can with new colors and the new nickname.
See? A little change could be good for everyone.
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