Why Washington soccer team won’t pick fan favorite as their new team name


WASHINGTON, DC (NEXSTAR) – It’s been almost two years since Washington’s NFL franchise abandoned a name and logo it had worn for 87 years. In less than a month, the team will unveil its new identity.

While we don’t know the new name and logo until February 2, the team has announced that a fan-favorite rebranding suggestion won’t be the final choice.

In a Tuesday announcementWashington football president Jason Wright explained that the franchise will not select either Wolves or Red Wolves. He explains that while Wolves and the associated variants were one of the main contenders among fans, it poses legal issues for the team.

According to Wright, other teams have marks that “would limit our ability to own the name.” He adds that without the Wolves, variants such as the RedWolves “would not have been viable for these reasons and others.”

Other professional sports teams with Wolves, or a variation of their name, include the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, University of Michigan Wolverines, and Arkansas State Red Wolves.

Instead, Wright says the new team name and identity “aligns with our values, continues our rich history, represents the region” and is “inspired and informed” by the fans of the team. .

Commanders, Admirals, Armada, Brigade, Sentries, Defenders, Red Pigs, Presidents and the status quo “Washington Football Team” were among the other finalists for name suggestions.

While very little has been revealed about the new uniforms, the team will continue to use the same burgundy and gold color scheme. In a series of videos posted to Twitter on Tuesday, the team offered a preview of what the new uniform will include.

In, the team showed off a fuzzy helmet, which appears to have a burgundy base color with a gold stripe down the center and a gold mark on either side. In another one, close-ups of the jersey itself are visible. Again the base color is burgundy with gold detailing including the jersey number, shoulder stripes and stitched stars.

In july 2020, the Washington team announced they were dropping the “Redskins” name and Indian Head logo, bowing to pressure from sponsors and decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans.

Washington was the first team in North America’s Big Four professional sports leagues to move away from Native American imagery amid a national reckoning on race. Cleveland in Major League Baseball followed suit, adopt the new name of Guardians which is now in effect after settle a dispute with a roller derby team of the same name.

MLB Atlanta Braves and the NHL Chicago Blackhawks have forbidden to keep their names.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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