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Commanders new owners won't return to old name: That ship has sailed

Sep 7, 2023

The Washington Commanders have been under new ownership for a few months now, and there are likely many changes in store for the franchise over the next year. One thing that won't be changing, though, is the name.

At a dinner at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. on Wednesday night, Commanders managing partner Josh Harris and top limited partner Mitchell Rales told the media and the assembled crowd of almost 700 people that they will not be changing the Commanders back to the Redskins, the name the team ditched in 2020.

The team shed the Redskins name in 2020 amidst a summer of racial protests following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. Native American rights groups had protested and campaigned for a new name for years, only for now-former owner Dan Snyder to dig in and state confidently that the name would never, ever be changed.

When Snyder finally caved, it was almost certainly about money. The decision was announced shortly after FedEx, which owns the naming rights to the Commanders' stadium, reportedly threatened to end their sponsor agreement with the team six years early if the name was not changed. That would have cost Snyder and the team nearly $50 million a year.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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