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FedEx asks Redskins to change name as eyes turn to Daniel Snyder

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

For Daniel Snyder, the pressure and calls for change are now coming internally. Well, maybe those are letters for change.

The infamously stubborn owner of the Washington Redskins, for years resolute that the name, which is a slur, should not be changed, will have to decide what to do after a major partner of the team publicly requested a name change.

FedEx, which has owned the naming rights for the Redskins’ stadium since 1999, apparently has been moved by the reckoning overtaking the country, confederate statues and symbols of racism being torn down all over.

“We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name,” FedEx said in a statement.

Fred Smith, the chairman and CEO of FedEx, is a part of Snyder’s ownership group. It has never made sense to Snyder to cave to demands the name be changed, but maybe it will make financial sense.

The Cleveland Indians have already rid themselve of Chief Wahoo, the Native American mascot who is no longer seen on the field, in their logo or on stadium signs. At least one DC athlete was quick to endorse the added heat on Snyder.


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