Washington's NFL team unveils new name as Commanders
Washington has some new Commanders in town. The NFL team announced its new name on Wednesday, 18 months after fresh pressure from sponsors helped convince the once-storied franchise to drop its old moniker following decades of criticism that it was offensive to Native Americans. The organization committed to avoiding Native American imagery in its rebrand after being called the Washington Football Team the past two seasons.news.yahoo.com
Ex-Washington Football Team staffers say owner Dan Snyder used private investigators to try to stop them from cooperating with an NFL investigation into sexual misconduct claims
Former employees told the Washington Post that investigators working for Snyder showed up at their homes unannounced.news.yahoo.com
Congress urges Washington Football Team to lift NDAs
Two members of the House of Representatives are urging the NFL and the Washington Football Team to release individuals from non-disclosure agreements that would prevent them from discussing sexual harassment and workplace issues at owner Daniel Snyder’s club.
Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder to buy all minority shares for $875 million, report says
WFT owner Dan Snyder, center, before a game between the Washington Football Team and the New York Giants at FedEx Field in Landover, MD on November 8, 2020. Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder is close to buying the minority shares of his club for more than $800 million, The New York Times reported Wednesday. Snyder will seek approval from National Football League owners to take on $450 million in debt to buy the remaining 40.5% of the club's shares for $875 million, the Times said. Owners of the minority shares include FedEx CEO Frederick Smith, who pushed for the team to drop its former name last year. The team is under an independent investigation by attorney Beth Wilkinson after a report last summer in The Washington Post alleged sexual harassment and mistreatment of female employees.cnbc.com
Snyder to buy out other Washington owners, pending approval
FILE - Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder walks off the field before the start of an NFL football game against Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Md., in this Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, file photo. Dan Snyder is buying out the Washington Football Team's minority owners and will become the sole owner of the club. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)Dan Snyder will soon be the sole owner of the Washington Football Team. Fred Smith, Dwight Schar and Bob Rothman currently own 40.5% of Washington Football Inc. A new name — or making “Washington Football Team” permanent — is expected in time for the 2022 season.
Washington replacing cheerleading team with coed dance team
FILE - Washington Football Team cheerleaders perform before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., in this Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, file photo. The Washington Football Team will not have cheerleaders for the 2021 season as part of an organizational rebranding. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr., File)Washington will not have cheerleaders for the first time since the NFL’s longest-running cheerleading team was founded in 1962, with a coed dance team taking its place. Wright has said he expects “Washington Football Team” to continue for 2021 with a new, permanent name to be ready in 2022. “My goal is to create this team, reinvent this team and make it more modern.”___AdMore AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Ex-Washington employees ask NFL to release report findings
Owner Dan Snyder hired lawyer Beth Wilkinson to conduct an independent investigation in July after several female former employees made allegations of workplace sexual harassment. The NFL in July took over control of the investigation. “There must be accountability for the actions we believe are detailed in this report,” the employees wrote in their letter to Goodell. AdSeventeen former employees signed the letter to Goodell by name and three others anonymously. “For its own credibility, it is crucial that the NFL release the investigative report, while also protecting from disclosure any witnesses who requested confidentiality.
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___2:30 p.m.Commissioner Roger Goodell says he wishes he knew the answer to what the 2021 season will look like. Ad___2:30 p.m.Commissioner Roger Goodell says former quarterback Colin Kaepernick deserves recognition and appreciation for bringing up issues of social justice and racism. ___2:30 p.m.Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL will look into what changes from the pandemic season are worth keeping in a post-COVID-19 world. ___2:25 p.m.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league is not satisfied with only two minorities hired for seven head coach openings. ___2:20 p.m.Commissioner Roger Goodell says an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment in the Washington Football Team’s organization will be finished soon.
Washington hires Martin Mayhew as general manager
FILE - In this March 11, 2015, file photo, then-Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew speaks during a news conference in Allen Park, Mich. Washington has hired Martin Mayhew to be its new general manager. The hiring of Mayhew makes Washington the only team in the NFL with a Black team president and GM. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)Washington hired Martin Mayhew as general manager Friday, giving coach Ron Rivera a seasoned NFL executive to work with going into his second season. “Martin is a proven general manager who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization,” Rivera said in a statement. Washington has been linked to former Carolina Panthers GM Marty Hurney, who hired Rivera for his first head-coaching job in 2011.
Washington releases 2019 1st-round pick Dwayne Haskins
Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) walking on the field before the start of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Landover, Md. Haskins started in place of injured quarterback Alex Smith despite being disciplined for breaking COVID-19 rules by partying with several people without a mask. “My time with the WFT has unfortunately come to an end,” Haskins tweeted. “I thank the team & fans for the opportunity to play for the team I grew up rooting for. The team's last first-round QB bust, Robert Griffin III, tweeted Monday: “Wishing the best for (Haskins).
Odd became normal: sports’ masked road trip to the unknown
FILE - Cardboard cutouts rest in seats at Oracle Park as the San Francisco Giants play the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, in this Wednesday, July 29, 2020, file photo. What wasn’t odd in 2020, when the coronavirus was the commissioner of all sports? And, before long, the odd became the new normal. Masked coaches patrolled the sidelines looking as if they had been lifted from the set of a cheesy cops-and-robbers movie. But with no fans in the park -- in Oakland and San Francisco -- and plenty of balls landing in the seats, AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley had an idea.
Rivera misses Washington practice to begin cancer treatments
As planned, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio stepped in and ran practice ahead of Washington's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)Ron Rivera missed Washington's first game week practice to begin treatment for a form of skin cancer, so Jack Del Rio stepped in as planned. Del Rio didn't have an update on how Rivera was feeling, but expects him back at the team's practice facility Wednesday. I really dont hear Coach (Rivera) when he's here doing, cornerback Ronald Darby said. But to be honest, it did feel a little weird because whats going on and what he's going through, but we've got to keep pushing.
NFL takes over investigation of Washington Football Team
The NFL has taken over the independent investigation into workplace conduct within the Washington Football Team, owner Dan Snyder confirmed Monday. Last month, after The Washington Post reported 15 female former employees saying they were sexually harassed during their time with the team, Snyder hired Washington law firm Wilkinson Walsh LLP to review the teams culture, policies and allegations of workplace misconduct. Lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent more than 15 former team employees, met with NFL senior vice president and special counsel for investigations Lisa Friel on Monday. We are pleased and encouraged that the league is taking this matter seriously and we expect that it will take appropriate action against Daniel Snyder and the Washington Football Team upon conclusion of the investigation," they said. Snyder vowed to change the culture inside the organization amid 42 women speaking out about their experiences working for Washington.
Post: Snyder involved in harassment, Washington owner denies
WASHINGTON The Washington Post on Wednesday reported additional examples of workplace sexual harassment inside the Washington Football Team organization, and allegations that owner Dan Snyder was personally involved. The Post reported a former cheerleader saying Snyder invited her to a hotel room with one of his friends, and that longtime team executive Larry Michael made extra cheerleading videos for the owner showing sensitive material that wasnt made public. Snyder released a statement denying those specific allegations and saying he was unaware of the incidents until now. The latest story cites 25 more women who said they experienced sexual harassment while working for the team. I take full responsibility for the culture of our organization, Snyder said.
Washington Football Team gets hitting at 'fresh start' camp
Everywhere else around the Washington Football Team's practice facility has been scrubbed of the Native American logo that was synonymous with the storied franchise and its three Super Bowl titles. There's a new coach in Ron Rivera running the show, and his custom-made staff ensuring practice goes his way. It was football practice during a pandemic, even if it had a different feel than Redskins training camp that was held in Richmond, Virginia, the past seven years. The team would like to see Haskins take another step forward in the wake of rookie growing pains. But this is also a transitional year for the team that should have a new, permanent name in 2021, when the expectations will also rise.
Washington hires Wright as NFL's 1st Black team president
The Washington Football Team has hired Jason Wright as team president. Hes the first Black person to hold this job in NFL history and at 38 becomes the youngest team president in the league. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)The Washington Football Team on Monday hired Jason Wright as team president, making him the first Black person to hold that position in NFL history. It will be called the Washington Football Team for at least the 2020 season, with Terry Bateman spearheading the process to determine a new full-time name. Wright is the fourth former player to become a team president and does so after several years in business.
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___The Big South Conference has decided to delay its fall sports seasons with the hopes of playing in the spring. ___The Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference has decided the delay the start of conference play in basketball until Jan. 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___The Division II Gulf South Conference is postponing competition in football, basketball, soccer and volleyball until at least Jan. 1. The league said it would evaluation options for spring seasons in football, soccer and volleyball. ___The Washington Football Team will at least begin the NFL season playing without fans in its stadium.
AP source: Ex-Redskins become 'Washington Football Team'
The NFL team formerly known as the Redskins will go by the Washington Football Team until a new name is chosen, a person with knowledge of the move told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because the temporary name had not yet been announced. It was not immediately clear how quickly the team would choose a new, full-time name. Washington will keep its burgundy and gold colors and replace the Indian head logo on helmets with a players jersey number. ___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Washington owner Snyder vows culture change amid allegations
FILE - This Jan. 2, 2020, file photo shows Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder listening to head coach Ron Rivera during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility, in Ashburn, Va. Snyder has hired a D.C. law firm to review the Washington NFL team's culture, policies and allegations of workplace misconduct. Beth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Walsh LLP confirmed to The Associated Press that the firm had been retained to conduct an independent review. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)Washington NFL owner Dan Snyder said Friday he's committed to improving the culture inside the team after allegations of sexual harassment, while the league will wait for a law firm's review before taking action. The Washington Post reported Thursday that 15 female former employees said they were sexually harassed during their time with the team. He hired District of Columbia law firm Wilkinson and Walsh to conduct an independent review of team policies, culture and allegations of workplace misconduct.
Washington NFL team hires law firm to review culture
Owner Dan Snyder has hired a District of Columbia law firm to review the Washington NFL teams culture, policies and allegations of workplace misconduct. Beth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Walsh LLP confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that the firm had been retained to conduct an independent review. ESPN was first to report Washington hiring the firm. Director of player personnel Alex Santos, assistant Richard Mann II and longtime broadcaster and senior vice president Larry Michael are no longer with the team. Also Wednesday, the team promoted Jeff Scott to assistant director of pro scouting and advance coordinator to replace Mann.
Post-Redskins, Washington has long road toward new nickname
Tuskegee Airmen Inc. said it would be honored and pleased to work with the organization if thats Washingtons new name. Former Washington linebacker Will Compton voiced his support for Red Wolves by saying he liked that name so much hed want to return for a day. Its going to take time to come back to the heyday of Washington winning and having full stadiums and people really supporting them, Derdenger said. Its going to take a long time for this new branded team to get to that point, but its certainly possible. And you know what helps them get to that point quicker is if they win.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
AP Source: Washington NFL team dropping 'Redskins' name
FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, the Washington Redskins logo is seen on the field before the team's NFL football preseason game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md. Washingtons NFL team will get rid of the name "Redskins" on Monday, July 13, according to multiple reports. The team launched a "thorough review" of the name July 3. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WASHINGTON The Washington Redskins are shedding that name effective immediately, a person with knowledge of the move said Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't yet announced the change.
Reports: Washington to shed 'Redskins' name Monday
FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, the Washington Redskins logo is seen on FedEx Field prior to an NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Redskins in Landover, Md. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says Seattle-based Amazon will begin pulling Redskins team merchandise from its online marketplace. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)ASHBURN, Va. Washingtons NFL team will get rid of the name Redskins on Monday, according to multiple reports. USA Today, ESPN, The Washington Post, Washington Times and Sports Business Journal reported Sunday night that owner Dan Snyder is set to retire the name. That came in the aftermath of prominent sponsors FedEx, Nike, PepsiCo and Bank of America asking the team to change the name.
Swamp Monsters? Red Tails? Gridlock? What might NFL call DC?
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Washington, perhaps the nations most reviled city, needs a new nickname for its football team. Naming opportunities are rife with ridicule, partisanship and humor: Washington Gridlock, Washington Swamp Monsters, Washington Bureaucrats, Washington Subpoenas, Washington Scandals or Washington Pardons. On the traditional and of course more likely side are Red Tails, Warriors, Generals, Monuments, Senators, Cherry Blossoms, Red Wolves or even Hogs (which pays tribute to an offensive line from long ago). Since mid June, 14 different trademarks have been filed by people for a potential Washington football team, including Red Tails, Red Wolves, Monuments and a version of Hogs. Both sides hate it.So that gives the opportunity for a little fun like Swamp Monsters or Gridlock, which Davis likes.
Indians, other teams pressured after Redskins drop nickname
(AP Photo/David Dermer, File)CLEVELAND The spotlight for change is shining on the Cleveland Indians. I understand people arent willing to change or so quickly, or theyre hoping this moment is going to pass. And now that weve gotten what we needed on the Redskins side, were going to start working on the rest of them. While the debate over the Redskins' nickname waged for years, the drastic change came just two weeks after owner Dan Snyder, who once said he would never change the team's moniker, said the franchise would undergo a thorough review before its next move. Even if the Indians decide to drop the nickname, there are numerous other layers trademark contracts, new logos, Major League Baseball's approval to work through before the change could take effect.
Native American groups ask NFL to force Redskins name change
WASHINGTON Several Native American leaders and organizations sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday calling for the league to force Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the team name immediately. The letter obtained by The Associated Press is signed by 15 Native American advocates. It demands the team and the NFL cease the use of Native American names, imagery and logos with specific importance put on Washington, which last week launched a thorough review of its name. Last week, sponsors FedEx, PepsiCo, Nike and Bank of America said they requested the change, and several online stores removed the team's gear. That conversation renewed calls for Snyder to change the name called a dictionary defined racial slur by Native American advocates and experts.
Redskins undergoing 'thorough review' of team name
WASHINGTON The Washington Redskins are undergoing a thorough review of their nickname. The team said Friday it has been talking to the NFL for weeks about the subject. In a statement, the team said recent events around the U.S. and feedback from the community prompted the formal review. FedEx, the title sponsor of the Redskins' stadium in Landover, Maryland, said Thursday, We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name. On Thursday night, Nike appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store. Washington mayor Muriel Bowser said recently the name was an obstacle to the team building a stadium in the District.
Sponsor FedEx asks Redskins to change their name
WASHINGTON The title sponsor of the Washington Redskins stadium wants the NFL team to change its name. We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name, FedEx said in a statement Thursday. The company paid the team $205 million in 1999 for the naming rights to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The other 31 NFL teams were listed and a search for Redskins came up with no results. The team's lease at FedEx Field expires in 2027, and it is still talking to Washington, Virginia and Maryland about building a new stadium.
Former Redskins assistant, "Hogs" creator Bugel dies at 80
FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2007, file photo, Washington Redskins assistant head coach-offensive Joe Bugel looks on during an NFL football game in Landover, Md. Former Redskins assistant coach Bugel has died. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)Former Washington Redskins assistant coach Joe Bugel, regarded as one of the top offensive line coaches in NFL history, has died. Bugel was promoted to assistant head coach in 1983, the year the Redskins scored a then-NFL record 541 points. In his first nine years in Washington, Bugel helped the Redskins have four 1,000-yard rushers, one 4,000-yard passer and nine 1,000-yard receivers.
Redskins removing ex-owner Marshall from Ring of Fame
The Washington Redskins are removing former owner George Preston Marshall from their Ring of Fame and striking all references to him on their website. The spokesman said the Ring of Fame is removing Marshall's name from its stadium in Landover, Maryland, on Wednesday and the process to alter the website is underway. A day earlier, Events DC removed a statue of Marshall from the team's former home at RFK Stadium in Washington. Marshall owned the franchise from its inception in 1932 and moved the team from Boston to Washington several years later. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963 and died in 1969.
Washington Post calls on Skins' owner or NFL to change name
FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014 file photo, the Washington Redskins NFL football team logo is seen on the field before an NFL football preseason game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md. The recent national conversation about racism has renewed calls for the Washington Redskins to change their name. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WASHINGTON The Washington Post editorial board is calling on Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change his football club's name. Under the headline, Change the name of the Washington NFL team. Their current stadium has a section named in honor of Marshall and he is also in the teams Ring of Fame.