Redskins announce decision to retire name, logo

The Washington Redskins on Monday announced that the team would retire its controversial 87-year-old name and logo.

The decision came after mounting pressure from corporate sponsors, including FedEx and Nike, and activists who consider the name a slur against Native Americans.

In a statement, the team said owner Daniel Snyder and Coach Ron Rivera will work together to “develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise.”

On July 4, Rivera said there were two names he and Snyder both liked, and they planned to discuss the possible replacements with Native American and military organizations.

The name Snyder and Rivera prefer reportedly is involved in a trademark battle.

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