The Washington NFL franchise continues to grab off-season headlines.
While still playing in their familiar trademark burgundy and gold colors, this organization made football history when they announced on Thursday, July 23rd that they will no longer by called the Washington Redskins. Instead, for the upcoming 2020 season, this team will be officially called the Washington Football Team.
Another upcoming change will see the trademark team logo on the helmets replaced by that player’s respective number in gold.
“The decision to use ‘Washington Football Team’ for the season allows the franchise the ability to undertake an in-depth branding process to properly include player, alumni, fan, community and sponsor input,” the team said in a statement. “To date, we have been pleased to see so many people putting forward their vision of what the new name and design should be on their social media channels and we look forward to including their feedback as this process progresses’.”
Washington football fans will very shortly be able to buy “Washington Football Team” souvenirs from Fanatics and the NFL shop.
This comes after the Washington franchise made it official back on Monday, July 13th, when they officially announced that they would be changing their team nickname “Redskins” which they have had since 1933. This controversial team name had over the years various Native Americans groups petitioning the team to change their names.
It wasn’t until recently when various sponsors such as FedEx, Nike and Amazon to name a few, threatened to pull out that Washington decided after a team review to change its team nickname.
Currently, with the regular season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles less than two months away, no announcement has been made regarding when the team will decide and unveil their new team name.