Politicians can banter back and forth about the name of the Washington Redskins all they want.
Daniel Snyder owns the franchise and he is saying “we will never change the name of the team,” according to Erik Brady of USA Today.
D.C. politicians have kicked around the issue in the last few months but the fact is they carry little to no weight in a matter right now involving a team that has a headquarters in Virginia and plays home games in Maryland.
“As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it's all about and what it means,” Snyder said. “So we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season.”
A group of Native Americans has brought a lawsuit claiming that federal trademark protection for the Redskins should be overturned as the law prohibits registering names that are disparaging.
Snyder is unswayed.
“We'll never change the name,” he said. “It's that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”
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