Washington settles on “Washington Football Team” as their name for the upcoming season, sources say

This is shockingly not satire. It’s a report from NBC Sports.

NBC Sports reports:

There will be no new name for 2020.

The Washington football team will simply compete as the Washington Football Team for the upcoming season, sources informed NBC Sports Washington on Thursday.

That decision allows the organization to continue to work towards a new name and gather input from fans, alumni as well as figure out a plan to properly honor Native Americans and the military, which is a priority for team owner Dan Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera.

The team announced earlier this month that it would retire the name Redskins. Washington played as the Redskins for nearly 90 years but faced increasing pressure to change the name since the murder of George Floyd in May.

Corporate sponsors like FedEx and Nike formally asked Washington to change its name, and despite previously saying he would “never” change the name in 2013, Snyder relented.

Fans can expect the new name process to continue to unfold for some time and this fall the team will wear new uniforms.

Per Adam Schefter:

Effective immediately, Washington will call itself the “Washington Football Team”, pending adoption of a new name, sources tell ESPN.

This is not a final renaming and rebranding for team; this is the name it wants to use until pending adoption of a new name in the future.

While the Washington Football Team uses these uniforms and helmets for the 2020 season, it will be seeking the feedback of players, alumni, fans, sponsors and the community for the new team name it will use at some point in the future, per sources.