The 'Washington Football Team' will be playing this season — until a permanent name is picked

With the NFL season less than two months away, Daniel Snyder's club will go generic for now.
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A Washington Football Team helmet during a game against the Cleveland Browns at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Oct. 2, 2016.Daniel Kucin Jr. / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images file

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By David K. Li

The Washington, DC-based NFL franchise will use the moniker "Washington Football Team" until it settles on a new name, the club said Thursday.

With pro football's regular season scheduled to begin in less than two months, it's become clear the team won't be able to immediately select a mascot, logo and moniker, making this generic title necessary.

"For updated brand clarity and consistency purposes, we will call ourselves the 'Washington Football Team' pending adoption of our new name," according to a team statement.

"The Redskins name and logo will officially be retired by the start of the 2020 season. We encourage fans, media and all other parties to use 'Washington Football Team' immediately."

The NFC East club, owned by Daniel Snyder, stunned fans earlier this month when it announced that its longtime name would be retired.

For years, Snyder insisted he would never back away from the offensive name, — a slur against Native Americans — most famously telling USA Today in 2013: "It's that simple. NEVER — you can use caps."

The death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died in police custody, prompted worldwide protests against systemic racism, and Snyder's team — and its problematic name — was suddenly in the spotlight.

FedEx, which sponsors the team's stadium in Landover, Maryland, asked for the name to be changed and major retailers stopped carrying the team's gear.

The team statement released Thursday notes that fans will soon be able to purchase "Washington Football Team" merchandise from the NFL shop.

If the 2020 slate is played on schedule, Washington's first regular season game would be on Sept. 13 against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles.

"Starting tomorrow and over the next 50 days, we will begin the process of retiring all" branding from that old name at the team's stadium, headquarters and digital spaces, according to the club statement.

"We hope to complete this process in full by the team's home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 13."