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Fri Jul 3, 2020, 04:03 AM

Nike Pulls Redskins Online Merchandise, Hours After FedEx Demands a Name Change

Source: Newsweek

The Washington Redskins have avoided changing the team's nickname for more than 50 years of political pressure. Politicians and human rights advocacy groups could not find a way to make it happen. But in a span of a few hours on Thursday, two major corporate sponsors may have sacked the team's ability to keep moving forward with its name.

First, FedEx demanded the team change its name from Redskins. Why is that significant? FedEx holds the naming rights to the team's stadium, and the company could pull it sponsorship worth many millions of dollars if the team doesn't comply.

And on Thursday night, Nike no longer carries any Washington Redskins merchandise on its website—although all other 31 teams in the NFL are represented.

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/nike-pulls-redskins-merchandise-online-store-after-fedex-demands-name-change-1515210

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Reply Nike Pulls Redskins Online Merchandise, Hours After FedEx Demands a Name Change (Original post)
greyl Jul 3 OP
Budi Jul 3 #1
elleng Jul 3 #3
lagomorph777 Jul 8 #50
obamanut2012 Jul 3 #9
Dennis Donovan Jul 3 #10
lagomorph777 Jul 8 #51
B Stieg Jul 3 #2
rpannier Jul 3 #6
olddad65 Jul 4 #46
B Stieg Jul 4 #47
Sherman A1 Jul 3 #4
Grokenstein Jul 3 #5
rpannier Jul 3 #7
getagrip_already Jul 3 #33
truthisfreedom Jul 3 #8
Wednesdays Jul 3 #11
Lowell Jul 3 #13
Wednesdays Jul 8 #49
BumRushDaShow Jul 3 #14
Clash City Rocker Jul 3 #18
BumRushDaShow Jul 3 #19
Clash City Rocker Jul 3 #24
BumRushDaShow Jul 3 #25
thesquanderer Jul 3 #15
catbyte Jul 3 #16
Wednesdays Jul 8 #48
Auggie Jul 3 #17
Clash City Rocker Jul 3 #23
thesquanderer Jul 3 #31
obamanut2012 Jul 3 #21
thesquanderer Jul 3 #22
Clash City Rocker Jul 3 #12
paleotn Jul 3 #20
BarbD Jul 3 #32
qwlauren35 Jul 3 #36
paleotn Jul 3 #43
patphil Jul 3 #26
qwlauren35 Jul 3 #35
patphil Jul 3 #37
qwlauren35 Jul 3 #38
patphil Jul 3 #41
qwlauren35 Jul 9 #55
patphil Jul 9 #58
LanternWaste Jul 3 #42
qwlauren35 Jul 9 #57
ChubbyStar Jul 3 #44
qwlauren35 Jul 9 #56
jcgoldie Jul 3 #27
geralmar Jul 3 #28
TryLogic Jul 3 #29
LudwigPastorius Jul 3 #30
qwlauren35 Jul 3 #34
ChubbyStar Jul 3 #45
qwlauren35 Jul 8 #53
obamanut2012 Jul 8 #52
qwlauren35 Jul 8 #54
Marcuse Jul 3 #39
dalton99a Jul 3 #40

Response to greyl (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 04:10 AM

1. Whoa! That's a swift power play there.

It's time to retire that team identity. Finally.

Maybe they can get their Statehood & a new name their Team.
Perfect timing.

What is DC going to name it's State, anyway?
State of Washington DC?
We already have a Washington.



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Response to Budi (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 04:43 AM

3. 'For most of the modern (1980-present) statehood movement, the new state's name

would have been "New Columbia", although the Washington, D.C. Admission Act of 2020 refers to the proposed state as "Washington, Douglass Commonwealth."[1][2]'

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statehood_movement_in_the_District_of_Columbia

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:57 AM

50. "Washington, Douglass Commonwealth" - LOVE IT!

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Response to Budi (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:09 AM

9. Probably Columbia

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #9)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:17 AM

10. But still named after Cristoforo Colombo?

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:02 AM

51. An African American city named after the first slaveholder in America, and a slaveholder who ran the

war to enable continuation of slavery as Britain threatened to abolish it.

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Response to greyl (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 04:35 AM

2. What is Snyder going to say now?

Grabbed by the merch!

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Response to B Stieg (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 06:25 AM

6. He'll notice because it's mow about money

He was one of the first, if not the first, owner to monetize every play on the radio
Crap like, "And that three yard run was brought to you by Mc Donald's."
and "We're in the Fedex red zone."

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Response to B Stieg (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 4, 2020, 10:06 AM

46. Why not rename the team in honor of the owner...

How about the Washington Racists?

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Response to olddad65 (Reply #46)

Sat Jul 4, 2020, 11:17 AM

47. I like it!

What about "Washington Whiteskins"?

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Response to greyl (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 05:50 AM

4. Long overdue

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Response to greyl (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 05:51 AM

5. Turns out "financial pressure" was the solution all along!

Wow, who'da thunk it? /s

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Response to Grokenstein (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 06:28 AM

7. With most owners it is

In the mid-90's Bruins ownership did nothing to actually improve the team until people stopped coming to the game
The owner of the Bengals sat on his mounds of cash while it was the worst team of the 90's until the threatened civil suit by the city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

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Response to rpannier (Reply #7)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 03:21 PM

33. not all though.....

there are some who are so red they would rather die than give in. Especially if trump makes a point of ridiculing them.

Believe it or not, some of the owners are so rich the team is just a hobby.

Not saying they will dig in their heels, but it wouldn't shock me.

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Response to Grokenstein (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 06:55 AM

8. Heh.

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Response to greyl (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:26 AM

11. It's a good start.

Among a multitude of others, we need to work on the Cleveland Indians and the Florida State Seminoles along with their racist war chants.

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Response to Wednesdays (Reply #11)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 08:15 AM

13. The Florida State Seminoles

have an agreement with the Seminole tribe. The tribe approves of the team name.

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Response to Lowell (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:49 AM

49. It makes the game chants no less despicable.

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Response to Wednesdays (Reply #11)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 08:20 AM

14. And don't forget






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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #14)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 09:25 AM

18. That racist chant bothers me more than anything else

Native Americans music is primarily sung for religious reasons, so when you mock it, you’re mocking someone’s religion. It’s despicable.

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Response to Clash City Rocker (Reply #18)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 09:32 AM

19. The Kansas City Chiefs fans apparently do that nonsense too

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #19)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 11:12 AM

24. Every team with a Native American name does it

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Response to Clash City Rocker (Reply #24)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 11:13 AM

25. Pretty much

they copy each other's bad habits.

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Response to Wednesdays (Reply #11)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 08:32 AM

15. Maybe Cleveland Indians could change their logo to an image of Gandhi and promote peace!

Although Native Americans were named Indians by accident, the word was not used as a slur like Redskin. So I don't find it as bothersome... but I'm not NA. I wonder what percentage of NAs find it offensive, compared to those who find Redskin offensive? To me it's kind of like the difference between Negro (a word not intended as an insult, whose political acceptability changed over time) and the N word (which was always offensive).

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Response to thesquanderer (Reply #15)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 09:04 AM

16. As an Ojibwe, the name Indians isn't as offensive as the NFL team, but the logo, tomahawk

chop, drumming, etc. reduce our images to caricatures, stereotypes, and mocks our traditions and ceremonies. It's time to retire them all. The Seminoles have an agreement so I'm not getting into that, but the others have to go.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #16)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:47 AM

48. What would be the odds

That the "agreement" with the Seminoles involved some measure of back-room strong-arm tactics?

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Response to thesquanderer (Reply #15)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 09:08 AM

17. Chief Wahoo is no longer the official logo of the Cleveland Indians

It was retired after the 2018 season

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Response to Clash City Rocker (Reply #23)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 02:48 PM

31. Man. At some point I think we are just going to have to let go of all "revered" history...

...and just try to be better going forward.

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Response to Wednesdays (Reply #11)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 10:04 AM

21. Epic FAIL re: the Seminoles

You might want to read up about that, and the tribe's approval, as well as their training of Osceola and Renegade.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osceola_and_Renegade



The Washington football team owners, however, can go to hell.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #21)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 10:28 AM

22. The bar for "Epic FAIL" seems to be getting low. I'd have just said "mistake."

Trump's response to the virus though is an Epoch Fail.

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Response to greyl (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 08:00 AM

12. There's also political pressure in them to change the name

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Response to greyl (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 09:58 AM

20. A modest proposal....

Change the name to the Washington Rednecks. Their mascot can be some middle aged guy, tattered shirt, Confederate flag, overalls, hasn't seen the inside of a dentist office since the 90's, entire family strung out on meth and pills. Give the other side a taste of stereotypes and slurs. There would be screaming and caterwauling the like of which we've rarely heard, but I doubt they'd actually learn anything from the experience.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #20)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 03:00 PM

32. Go Rednecks!

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Response to paleotn (Reply #20)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 03:55 PM

36. You are a hater.

Probably a Cowboys fan. Don't hate my team. Show some respect. I have been a fan for 50 years. My team deserves a fearless, kick-ass name.

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Response to qwlauren35 (Reply #36)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 05:27 PM

43. Sorry, no hater of the Washington franchise....

Just using them to prove a point. No harm done. They can then change their name to whatever you guys like.

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Response to greyl (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 11:42 AM

26. Any ideas for a new name and logo for the Redskins?

How about the Washington Redshirts; logo is the red shirted star trek character that can be counted to die before the episode is over.
Or possibly the Washington Foreskins; logo is...well I'll let you think on that one.
Any others?

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Response to patphil (Reply #26)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 03:53 PM

35. Screw you.

You are a hater. Probably a Cowboys fan.

The things I am thinking of saying are not printable in DU.

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Response to qwlauren35 (Reply #35)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 04:07 PM

37. Oh, come on.

I am not a hater, and not a Cowboy fan. I am a Giants fan.
This wasn't meant to malign the Redskins, just poke a little fun at the whole issue.

Just so you know, the Giants don't play any games in New York any more; all home games are in New Jersey.
So the truth is they're the Jersey Giants, not the New York Giants.
please note: a Jersey Giant is a huge chicken. I'd like to see them use that as their logo.

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Response to patphil (Reply #37)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 04:16 PM

38. I was born in Washington DC

I am a proud Redskins fan, and have been for 50+ years. Team name means a lot to me. I want a strong, fearless, aggressive, powerful name for my team. Strike fear in the hearts of our opponents.

It matters to me.

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Response to qwlauren35 (Reply #38)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 04:43 PM

41. I'm sure it matters a lot to you.

So, since Native Americans aren't happy with the reference to redskins, a term many of them consider derogatory, what would you suggest as an alternative, if any, that fits your need?

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Response to patphil (Reply #41)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 12:19 PM

55. I saw someone suggest a good alternative

RedTails, after the Tuskegee Airmen.

Not sure what other names would do. Basically every fierce animal has been used already.

I would think that turning to military mascot names might work - I don't know them. Buffalo soldiers has a lot of meaning, but "Buffalo" does not strike fear.

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Response to qwlauren35 (Reply #55)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 01:40 PM

58. Great!

The red tail was used to identify the planes the Tuskegee Airmen flew, but the red tails also suggests the red tailed hawk; a fierce bird of prey.

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Response to qwlauren35 (Reply #38)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 04:54 PM

42. Yeah... games require fear.

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #42)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 12:26 PM

57. Do you watch football?

It's a major testosterone game. Very aggressive, high contact. My husband screams and yells at nearly every play.

I enjoy good plays and feel bad at turnovers.

I think the team name is important.

Maybe it's not a sport you enjoy?

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Response to qwlauren35 (Reply #38)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:09 PM

44. The team name doesn't strike fear, a good team does

Maybe you should be concerned with that.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Reply #44)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 12:23 PM

56. Team ability

does not change my loyalty to the place of my birth.

I don't know when Washington will turn around and become a good team again. We went to the Superbowl and lost to the Dolphins when I was in 4th grade.

I think you're mocking my loyalty to my team. I don't know why.

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Response to greyl (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 12:06 PM

27. 3..2..1.. cue vids of Magats burning brand new $150 Air Jordans again...

THen they'll buy new ones each time this happens Nike seems to sell more shoes.

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Response to greyl (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 12:45 PM

29. Long overdue. Bravo FedEx & Nike.

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Response to greyl (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 12:50 PM

30. About fucking time...


Danny Snyder might just change his mind if he's getting bitten in the pocketbook.

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Response to qwlauren35 (Reply #34)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:14 PM

45. Pansy name?

Jesus what fucking decade do you think we are in?

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Response to ChubbyStar (Reply #45)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 02:27 PM

53. I apologize.

It was the only word I could think of.

I want an aggressive name for my team.

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Response to qwlauren35 (Reply #34)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:16 PM

52. "Pansy"? Really?

You are appalling.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #52)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 02:28 PM

54. I apologize

It was the only word I could think of.

I want an aggressive name for my team.

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Response to greyl (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 04:17 PM

39. Snyder could purchase a license from the Globetrotters.

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Response to greyl (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 04:19 PM

40. Just do it.



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