Although the team is expected to announce the name change, the new name will not be released until later due to branding issues, according to Sports Business Daily. Head coach Ron Rivera told the Washington Post in an interview that he was working with team owner Daniel Snyder on a name that would honor both the military and Native Americans.
On July 3, the Washington Redskins announced that a “thorough review” of the team’s nickname would be carried out. The name has long been denounced by Indian groups as an ethnic arch.
The decision to recheck the name was also under increasing pressure from several corporate sponsors, including FedEx, who own the team’s stadium rights.
Other brands, including Nike and Amazon, have removed the team’s merchandise from their online stores.