Sport: Report: Washington NFL team plans to announce it will make nickname change Monday

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There will be a name change Monday for Washington’s NFL team, per a SportsBusinessJournal report.

a large stadium with a football ball on a field: Capacity: 79,000  If Dan Snyder has his way, FedEx Field will become a thing of the past. Though it's only 23 years old, FedEx has a very antiquated feel -- especially when it's half empty on Sundays in the fall. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) © File photo Capacity: 79,000 If Dan Snyder has his way, FedEx Field will become a thing of the past. Though it's only 23 years old, FedEx has a very antiquated feel -- especially when it's half empty on Sundays in the fall. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

However, the mystery will remain as the “the new nickname will not be announced immediately because trademark issues are pending.”

The previous nickname, which has been considered racist and offensive for years, will be “retired,” according to the SBJ report. Team owner Daniel Snyder stubbornly had stuck to the belief it was a “badge of honor” and he would never change it.

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The report:

The Redskins intend to announce on Monday that the team will retire its nickname, two sources said, 11 days after naming-rights sponsor FedEx’s public statement asking for a change to the controversial moniker. The new nickname will not be announced immediately because trademark issues are pending, the sources said, but insiders were told today that the “thorough review” announced July 3 has concluded. The team felt it was important to remove any doubts as to the future of the name, one source said.

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The timeline for announcing a new name was unclear, but the sense of urgency inside the organization is clear. In a private letter on the same day as its public statement, FedEx threatened to take its name off the team’s Landover, Md., stadium after the end of the season if the name was not changed. Pepsi, Bank of America and Nike later joined with their own public statements, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also said he was supportive of the review. A Redskins spokesperson did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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