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Pepsi, Walmart, and Nike Add Pressure to Washington Redskins

by | Jul 10, 2020 | Sports

The Washington Redskins franchise name has been a topic of controversy since the late 1960’s. In 2013, then and current owner Daniel Snyder asserted that “we’ll never change the name.” 

Now, seven years later major brands such as Walmart, Nike and Fedex are adding corporate pressure to the franchise to halt financial support until the racial etymology of the team’s name is changed. 

FedEx which sponsors the team’s Landover, Maryland Stadium formally asked Redskins management to change its name on July 2nd. Walmart and Target have announced plans to drop Redskins Merchandise from their stores. 

On Friday, Nike issued a statement claiming it had “been talking to the NFL and sharing our concerns regarding the name of the Washington team. We are pleased to see the team taking a first step towards change.” 

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Washington government are challenging Redskin owners’ efforts to create a new stadium in the district in light of the resistance to a name change. 

The Kansas City Chiefs franchise is another team questioned for its name. 

 

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