The NHL’s Washington Capitals could share the same space as the NFL’s Washington Capitols, according to oddsmakers. This ridiculous possibility was spawned by developing news with the Washington Redskins.
Thursday night, ABC 7 News reported that FedEx asked the Washington Football team to change its racist nickname. FedEx, of course, owns the naming rights of Dan Snyder’s Landover football field. FedEx CEO Frederik Smith is a minority owner of the team.
“We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name,” FedEx said in a statement.
“We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“
— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) July 2, 2020
Later in the night, Nike removed all “Washington Redskins” gear on its website.
Nike has removed all Redskins merch from its website. 😲 pic.twitter.com/9jXovvMarD
— theScore (@theScore) July 3, 2020
From Nike’s website:
31 teams in its NFL section.
Washington’s the only one missing. pic.twitter.com/p0UWJBgnUf
— Randy Scott (@RandyScottESPN) July 3, 2020
According to AdWeek, 87 investment firms and shareholders worth $620 billion total asked Nike, FedEx, and Pepsi to terminate their relationships with Dan Snyder unless they have a new nickname.
87 investment firms and shareholders worth a collective $620 billion have asked Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo to terminate their business relationships with the NFL's Washington Redskins unless the team agrees to change its controversial name. https://t.co/TLwhKBBWjt
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 2, 2020
The city of Washington DC will also forbid Dan Snyder from building a new stadium on the RFK Stadium site unless the name is changed. Weeks earlier, Events DC removed a statue of George Preston Marshall outside RFK.
“This symbol of a person who didn’t believe all men and women were created equal and who actually worked against integration is counter to all that we as people, a city, and nation represent,” a statement from Events DC read. “We believe that injustice and inequality of all forms is reprehensible and we are firmly committed to confronting unequal treatment and working together toward healing our city and country.”
With all that pressure mounting, the Redskins announced in a statement Friday morning that they will be undergoing a “thorough review” of the team name, which is either a way to buy time and let the criticism die down or actually begin a process to re-brand itself.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) July 3, 2020
The full statement reads:
In light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community, the Washington Redskins are announcing the team will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name. This review formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks.
Dan Snyder, Owner of the Washington Redskins, stated, “This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League, and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field.”
Ron Rivera, Head Coach of the Washington Redskins remarked, “This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our Military.”
We believe this review can and will be conducted with the best interest of all in mind.
According to the Washington Post’s Mark Maske, the Redskins’ review process “will end with a new name” and that Snyder, long resistant and defiant of change, has “been listening to different people” over the last month.
From our story, source familiar with the discussions between Daniel Snyder and the NFL: “You know where this leads. They’re working on that process [of changing the name]. It will end with a new name. Dan has been listening to different people over the last number of weeks.”
— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) July 3, 2020
Oddsmakers began taking bets on a possible new name for the Redskins and here were some of the favorites from Bet Online and via the Odds Shark Twitter account.
Odds to be the new name of Washington's NFL team (BetOnline):
— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) July 3, 2020
The Washington Capitols are plus-600 (meaning if you bet $100 on that name, you’d win $600 and come away with $700 total). Oddsmakers believe that Capitols is more likely to be the team name than the Jeffersons, Roosevelts, Monuments, and Arlingtons. This result comes despite the fact that the 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals are already a team in the NHL and Dan Snyder kinda hates them.
Other actually decent ideas being spread around social media include the Washington Red Tails and the Washington Red Pandas.
I still think the Washington Red Tails would be a great name (in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen). pic.twitter.com/toOCKdaX1w
— Max Wendkos (@maxwendkos) June 18, 2014
just a reminder washington
these ideas are free
there is no charge pic.twitter.com/4Vjt906TWu
— darth™ (@darth) July 2, 2020
If you want my two cents, I’d say call the team the DC Statehood to honor the House’s recent bill that named DC the 51st state this year. The team’s slang nickname could be The 51. Whatever you think of that idea, it’s better than calling the football team the Capitols in the same town as the Capitals.
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