The Washington Redskins on Monday announced they will no longer go by the name "Redskins" and will drop the Indian head logo, effective immediately.
"On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team's name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward.
"Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review."
The move comes nearly two weeks after FedEx, which owns the naming rights to the stadium where the Washington NFL franchise plays, asked the team to change nickname. FedEx was joined by Nike, Pepsi and Bank of American, in asking for the team's name to be changed.
Critics have long criticized the team's name and logo as racist. The team announced on July 3rd they would conduct a 'thorough' review of the team's name at the time.
"Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years."
The 'Redskins' were named in 1993 when the franchise was still based in Boston.
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