WASHINGTON – After waiting over a year to replace their previous team, fans should be excited that the Washington Football Team will have a new identity in the future. Team President Jason Wright announced on Jan. 4 that Washington will reveal its new name on Feb. 2.
“We are confident that this identity is one that our team and our fans across D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and beyond can rally behind for another 90 years and more than we continue to cheer on the Burgundy & Gold in this next chapter,” Wright said in a statement on the team’s website.
However, the name will not involve one early fan-favorite name: the wolves or red wolves. But why not the wolves?
One of the major issues that the team found after exploring the names was trademarking. Other teams have trademarked the name “wolves.” This limits their ability to make the name tailor-made for the team. This same concept applies to the name red wolves as well.
But, the team hopes that fans keep an open mind to other team names and the possibilities they can bring.
“Understanding the weight and importance of our team name, and excitement around other name options — both internally and within our fan base,” Wright said. “We didn’t want to risk going down a route that could be dotted with legal hurdles. The prospect of years of litigation wasn’t something that we wanted you, our fans, to have to bear as you begin to embrace a new brand.”
Washington was the first team in the four major North American professional sports to drop Native American imagery after discussions of a described negative impact.
After trying to avoid more harsh criticism, and picking a temporarily bland team name, everyone will see if they can successfully make another change on Feb. 2, when they unveil their new team name.
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