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Native Americans Take Surprising Stance on 'Redskins'

Poll shows 90% don't find name offensive

(Newser) - Thousands of Native Americans who turned out to protest the Washington Redskins back in 2014 were apparently in the minority. A Washington Post poll of 504 Native Americans across every state finds that nine in 10 aren't bothered by the moniker labeled offensive by others. What's more, eight... More »

Much of Team's Defense of 'Redskins' Isn't Printable

Lawyers cite other dicey trademarks

(Newser) - The Washington Redskins are trying to overturn a court ruling and preserve the trademark of their name, and team lawyers filed a remarkable court briefing last week. In it, they reel off a list of other names that have won trademark protection, with the basic argument of, wait, you let... More »

Judge: Cancel Trademark Registrations for Redskins

Says NFL team name is offensive to Native Americans

(Newser) - Matthew McConaughey doesn't think there's anything wrong with the Washington Redskins' name or logo, but many others, including a federal judge, disagree. Judge Gerald Bruce Lee put out a 70-page ruling today that orders the US Patent and Trademark Office to cancel all registrations for the NFL team'... More »

'Not Your Mascot:' Native Americans Protest Redskins

As team bus is involved in an accident on way to Minneapolis

(Newser) - The Washington Redskins are having a rough time of it today: Things started with a crash this morning involving two of the team's buses, which were en route to play the Vikings in Minneapolis, reports the AP . A police escort in Minnesota crashed into a guardrail around 8:30am;... More »

McConaughey: Redskins' Logo Shouldn't Change

Plus, he says, he knows Native Americans who don't mind the name

(Newser) - In case you were waiting to choose a side in the battle over the Washington Redskins' name until Matthew McConaughey made his opinion known, well, he has. In a new interview with GQ , McConaughey—a Redskins fan from the age of 4, despite having grown up in Texas—notes, "... More »

CBS Sports: Use of 'Redskins' Up to Announcers

Well, probably

(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... More »

Why Keeping 'Redskins' Is Awful Business Strategy

2 marketing professors look beyond the morality to make their case

(Newser) - Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is still adamant about keeping the team name, despite the loss of its trademark status and a growing chorus of critics who say it's offensive to Native Americans. But two marketing professors at Emory University say Snyder is making a boneheaded business decision. Forget... More »

Redskins Lose Trademark Over 'Disparaging' Name

Plaintiff applauds 'victory for Native Americans and all Americans'

(Newser) - Under federal law, trademarks can't "disparage" individuals—and on those grounds, the US Patent and Trademark Office has withdrawn the Washington Redskins' trademark registration, the Washington Post reports. The office says the six trademarks that included the name "were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times... More »

Lawmakers to NFL: Change Redskins' Name, or Else

League faces threat to tax-exempt status

(Newser) - The Washington Redskins' name is facing a new attack, this time from two members of Congress. Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell, who heads the Indian Affairs Committee, tells the New York Times that if the NFL doesn't take action, legislators will "definitely" review the league's tax-exempt status. "... More »

DC to Redskins: Lose the Racist Name

'Enough is enough,' council member says

(Newser) - More pressure on the Redskins: The NFL team needs to change its "racist and derogatory" name, a resolution passed overwhelmingly by the DC Council says. The team's argument that the name is part of its heritage "is akin to saying to the Native American people ... your pain... More »

Krauthammer: Here's Why Redskins Should Change Name

Charles Krauthammer: You wouldn't use 'Negro,' so why Redskins?

(Newser) - Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer weighs in today on the Washington Redskins name controversy: Yes, let's change it, he writes for the Washington Post . But he's quick to point out that he's no fan of the "language police," or "being lectured by sportscasters about ethnic... More »

Obama: I'd Think About Changing Redskins Name

President says team should consider objections of Native Americans

(Newser) - President Obama thinks the Washington Redskins should think about changing their name. In an interview with the AP , the president touched for the first time on the controversy , in which Native American groups have called for a change but team owner Dan Snyder has adamantly refused. “If I were... More »

Redskins Name Change 'Kind of Like a Reservation'

Not everyone a fan of Rick Reilly's argument

(Newser) - Slate will never again write the word Redskins in reference to DC's football team out of sensitivity to Native Americans—but what if Native Americans aren't actually insulted by it? asks Rick Reilly at ESPN . In Reilly's telling, they're not, and his column arguing for the... More »

Slate: Why We're Ditching Use of 'Redskins'

Website joins critics boycotting NFL name

(Newser) - After today, you'll still see the occasional article about Washington's NFL team at Slate , but that article will no longer use the word "Redskins." As David Plotz explains, the site is joining those who avoid the term out of sensitivity to Native Americans. Plotz runs through... More »

Redskins Recruit GOP Spin Doc to Shop New Name

Frank Luntz asks focus group whether name is offensive

(Newser) - GOP strategist Frank Luntz—the guy who got the party to stop saying "estate tax" and "healthcare reform" and start using "death tax" and "government takeover of healthcare"—is tackling a different kind of linguistic problem at the moment. His strategy group is holding a... More »

Redskins Blew It on RGIII

Team endangers star QB and pays the price. Bad karma, maybe?

(Newser) - The Washington Redskins star quarterback had reconstructive surgery on his injured knee today, and ESPN's sources think Robert Griffin III might, might, be back for the start of next season. It's way too early to know for sure, however, along with whether he'll ever be the same... More »

5 Rookie QBs to Watch Today

Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III among NFL's 5 rookie starters

(Newser) - Peyton who? Rookie quarterbacks are looking to rule on any given Sunday this year. And as the NFL kicks off its first Sunday of the 2012 season, five teams are placing their fates in the hands of rookie starters—up from the previous record of three in 1960. The Christian ... More »

Colts Make Andrew Luck No. 1 Pick

Stanford quarterback will head to Peyton Manning's old team

(Newser) - The Indianapolis Colts stuck to the plan tonight in the NFL draft and made Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck this year's No. 1 pick, reports the Indianapolis Star . ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that he will get a four-year deal for $22 million. That's relatively modest by NFL standards,... More »

NFL Teams Paid Bounties to Injure Opponents

Gregg Williams apologizes; ran systems for Saints, Redskins

(Newser) - NFL coach Gregg Williams is known for his tough defenses, and now we know one of his secrets: He paid his players extra if they injured an opposing player. After the league announced today that about 25 members of the New Orleans Saints took part in such a bounty program... More »

Pats Sink Bills 49-21, Clinch Top AFC Seed

Patriots top Bills, Saints crush Panthers, 49ers thump Rams

(Newser) - The New England Patriots overcame a 21-point deficit today with 49 unanswered points to rock the Buffalo Bills 49-21, the AP reports. The win earned the Pats home-field advantage and the AFC's top seed. Tom Brady threw for 338 yards and finished with the second-most passing yards in NFL... More »

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