Although the team is expected to announce the name change, the new name will not be released until a later date due to trademark issues, according to Sports Business Daily. Head coach Ron Rivera told The Washington Post in an interview that he was working with team owner Daniel Snyder on a name that honored both the military and Native Americans.
On July 3, the Washington Redskins announced that a “thorough review” of the team’s nickname would be conducted. Native American groups have denounced the name as ethnic purba.
The decision to re-examine the name also came amid pressure from several corporate sponsors, including FedEx, who have naming rights at the team’s stadium.
Other brands, including Nike and Amazon, have taken the team’s merchandise out of their online stores.