The Washington Redskins change name
The NFL team Washington Redskins has for a long time been under pressure from several sponsors to change their name. This is after the Black Lives Matter protests shook the United States. “Redskins” are, according to sponsors and many others, demeaning to the Native American population. The NFL team’s sponsors have threatened to withdraw from sponsorship agreements with the team worth several hundred million dollars.
FedEx has put pressure on Washington Redskin’s owner
The company that put the most pressure on Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is FedEx. FedEx sponsors the NFL team’s arena FedEx Field, and has paid $ 205 million for the arena’s name until 2026.
FedEx, together with Pepsi and Nike, among others, has in turn had pressure from 87 investment companies to suspend their collaborations with the franchise. Otherwise, investments of about $ 620 billion in the companies will be withdrawn.
The name and logo retires
Today, the Washington Redskins confirmed in a press release that the name Redskins “retires”. The logo will also be replaced. So far, it is unclear what the new name will be. A new name has been developed but has not been able to be presented due to a conflict of trademark protection.
Name change not applicable for Chicago Blackhawks
The NHL team Chicago Blackhawks announced last week that the team has no plans to make any changes to its name and logo. They claim that their name and logo symbolize an important historical figure, “the Black Hawk of Illinois’ Sac & Fox Nation,” whose leadership and life have inspired many Native Americans for generations.