Aug 20, 2020; Ashburn, Virginia, USA; The helmet of Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (not pictured) rests on a cooler next to a trashcan with the retired Washington Redskins logo on day twenty-three of training camp at Inova Sports Performance Center in Ashburn, Virginia. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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Exec: ‘Washington Football Team’ could remain in 2021

The rebranded Washington Football Team could keep its temporary name through the 2021 season, team president Jason Wright told a Washington, D.C., TV station on Tuesday.

In an interview with WJLA, Wright said “there is a pretty good chance we will still be the Washington Football Team next season.”

“Everybody needs to take a deep breath,” Wright said, adding that the organization wants to engage the community, stakeholders and fans about the name change.

“It’s not coming tomorrow. It’s a business decision, we need to understand that market.

“I think next year is fast because of how the brand has to come together through uniforms, through approval processes through the league,” Wright said. “Next year is fast. There is a pretty good chance we will still be the Washington Football Team next season. We could get there quicker, it’s actually pretty hard to get there that quickly because of all the steps that need to happen.”

The organization dropped the 87-year-old “Redskins” on July 13.

Wright also told WJLA that the team won’t allow fans in for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, hinting that Week 9 against the New York Giants on Nov. 8 is the target date.

“It’s too quick of a turnaround for us to feel like we can do it safely,” Wright said. “This week, we will continue to expand the family, friends and staff approach this week for the Cowboys game. Especially something like this, I like to move fast, but I don’t like to rush.

“If you want to pencil something on the calendar, I would look at the Giants week. That gives us the right time to prepare,” Wright said.

–Field Level Media

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