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Washington Redskins under pressure from city council to change name

04/30/2013 3:25 PM ET
By Matt Hughes

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The Washington Redskins are under mounting pressure to change their controversial name.

The Redskins have long-resisted the notion of changing the storied franchise's name. But with the Washington DC city council preparing a resolution calling for the team to change its name, it appears the Redskins will have no choice but to address the issue publicly. 

DC council member David Grosso is leading the charge for the name change, calling Redskins, "a derogatory, racist name." Mayor Vincent C. Gray has also said he would like the name changed.

"Washington's name has been dishonored by association with the word 'Redskins,' " the resolution states. "Because it is well known in America and in nations afar that American Indians have experienced utmost suffering and disrespect over the years."

Grosso suggests the Redskins use the name Redtails because it would allow the team to maintain its identity. He contends the team could still use a feather as part of its logo as well as insert Redtails into the team's famous fight song, 'Hail to the Redskins.' 

The Washington Post first reported on the city council's resolution

The Washington Redskins were originally founded as the Boston Braves in 1932. The team changed its name to Redskins the following year and then relocated to Washington DC in 1937. The franchise has won five NFL championships, including three Super Bowls. Forbes valued the Redskins at $1.6 billion in 2012, the third most-valuable NFL franchise behind the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots. 

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