Frederick Smith is both the CEO of FedEx and part-owner of the NFL team “Washington Redskin”
FedEx is the top of the main patrons of the Washington Redskins. Currently, FedEx is approaching the NFL group to change its questionable name in light of the nation’s progressing discussions about the racial disparity.
We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team nameThe shipping company FedEx told ESPN in a statement Thursday
The delivery organization possesses naming rights to the stadium, which now is the stadium Washington Redskin participates in. According to ESPN, FedEx Field is ensured by a 1998 arrangement wherein the organization paid $205 million for the title through 2025. The CEO of FedEx, Frederick Smith, is likewise part-owner of the NFL team.
According to ESPN, on Thursday, FedEx told them in an announcement that they have imparted to the group in Washington their inquiry that they change the team name.
According to Adweek, FedEx’s inquiry comes a day after reports that 87 investment firms worth an aggregate $620 million gave letters to FedEx, Nike, and PepsiCo mentioning that they cancel their business with the Washington Redskins until the team changes its questionable name.
Nike has just made a significant move in apparently sharing their position on the inquiry by expelling the entirety of its Redskins attire from its online store.
The famous athletic equipment site records every one of the 31 NFL teams yet when searching for “Redskins,” on the website, the site does not and will not yield any outcomes.
The NFL football team name “Washington Redskin”, which has been utilized since 1933, has been a longstanding issue of contention and discussion. Many activists protest the use of the word “redskin” as the terminology can be interpreted as a racial slur towards the Native American people and their community.
In the past, numerous gatherings have attempted to fight and protest the use of the name yet it is demonstrated fruitless in court.
According to NBC News, the “Washington Redskin” team once again ensure that they retain the Redskins trademark in 2018 after the Supreme Court struck down a piece of a law restricting hostile trademarks in 2017.
In recent weeks, team owner Dan Snyder has been facing pressure from sponsors, protesters, and some players on the changing team name issue as of late after the passing of George Floyd, a black man who was murdered while in police custody.
According to the CBS Sports report, in 2013, Snyder disclosed to USA Today that he would “never change the name.” However, Snyder permits to drop the name of George Preston Marshall, who established the team in 1933 and was an adversary of desegregation of people of color, from all team material and its Ring of Honor.
Snyder made his choice to remove Marshall’s statue outside of RFK stadium, the city of Washington, D.C., and the choice came seven days afterward. The RFK stadium is where the Redskins played through 1996.
(Featured Image Source: PHOTO by DOUG PENSINGER/GETTY IMAGES with the description “LANDOVER, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: An aerial view of FedEx Field taken during NFL week one between the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field on September 12, 2004 in Landover, Maryland. Redskins defeated the Buccaneers 16-10.“)