Washington’s NFL team to retire controversial name

Washington’s NFL team said Monday morning it plans to retire its controversial nickname, a moniker many consider racist to Native Americans.

The move comes 11 days after stadium naming-rights sponsor FedEx Corp.’s public statement asking for a change to the controversial moniker.

The new nickname was not announced Monday because trademark issues are pending, according to two sources, but insiders were told Sunday 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.

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 stadium after the end of the season if the name was not changed. PepsiCo, Bank of America Corp. and Nike Inc. later joined with their own public statements, and NFL Commissioner Roger…

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