CBS Sports: Use of 'Redskins' Up to Announcers
Well, probably
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2014 8:12 AM CDT
Sean McManus, then-president of CBS News and Sports, speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – CBS Sports announcers will likely be able to use the term "Redskins"—or, if they'd rather, not—during the upcoming NFL season, chairman Sean McManus says. "Generally speaking, we do not tell our announcers what to say or not say," McManus tells the Hollywood Reporter. Even as the issue is "reaching a hotter level," he adds, "we probably will not end up dictating to our announcers whether they say Redskins or don't say Redskins. We leave that up to them and our production team." Still, he leaves the door open a bit, saying, "between now and the start of football season we'll decide what is the right thing to do."

One place the Washington Redskins name will not appear? That would be in one federal judge's court documents. In his ruling on a recent lawsuit brought against the team—a suit not focusing on the team's name—Maryland Senior District Judge Peter Messitte wrote the "Pro Football's team will be referred to hereafter simply as 'the Washington Team.'" During a November hearing, Messitte was also recorded as barring the name from being spoken. WUSA 9 spoke with a law professor who said that to his knowledge, Messitte "is the first federal judge to ban the use of the word."

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Chuck Roast
Jul 21, 2014 12:22 AM CDT
You may be able to change a name, but you can never change the way people think...
People_Suck
Jul 17, 2014 10:15 PM CDT
I guess they will call them the Crimson Epidermii.
Shata
Jul 17, 2014 9:39 PM CDT
Oh great, now we have the "R" word to accompany the "N" word, "C" word, "F" word..when and where does it stop? Stop using the word "Crackers" and "White bread" use the term wafers and bleached bread..... Let's see what else that really doesn't matter can make us feel righteous??