The Washington football team announced on Tuesday that they would reveal the club’s new name next month, ending a guessing game that began after the franchise dropped its controversial Redskins nickname in 2020.
Washington team president Jason Wright said in a statement that the new name will be announced on February 2.
The team became known simply as the Washington football team in 2020 after pressure from sponsors amid a nationwide soul-searching over racial justice issues in the United States following the murder by George Floyd.
The former name of the Washington Redskins has long been criticized as derogatory to Native Americans, with the Navajo nation calling it “racist and disparaging.”
Wright said on Tuesday that the new team name “aligns with our values and continues our rich history” following extensive consultation with fans.
Wright, however, has ruled out two popular suggested names for the team – the Washington Wolves or the Washington RedWolves.
Wright said that while Wolves had become an early fan favorite, branding and legal considerations made him a non-starter.
“Once we started studying Wolves, we realized a notable challenge: Trademarks by other teams would limit our ability to make the name our own,” said Wright.
“We didn’t want to risk going down a path that might be strewn with legal hurdles.”
Other favorites reported for the new name include Admirals, Red Pigs, Sentries, Defenders, Presidents and Commanders.