Despite a significant amount of ridicule from fans around the league, the National Football League's Washington-based team formerly known as the Redskins will be keeping their bland "Washington Football Team" moniker for one more full season. The team announced Tuesday that the team's new nickname will not be chosen until the start of the 2022 season.
While many critics had argued the franchise erred in not having a new name already picked out when they made the decision to drop the "Redskins" due to cultural sensitivity concerns, the team ownership is hoping that by taking the re-naming slowly, it can avoid making a hasty, unpopular decision.
The Washington Football Team established a website that will allow fans to make suggestions on the new name, submit a vision for new uniform and logo designs, and offer up other helpful thoughts on executing the transition to a new team identity.
The site does display some of the suggested nicknames, which to this point include things like "Washington Memorials," "Washington Rhinos," and "Washington Justice." The "Justice" suggestion also included artwork and uniform mock-ups.
After the initial announcement that the team was dropping its historic "Redskins" name, owner Dan Snyder signaled that a new name had already been chosen but that there was a trademark negotiation underway. Either that was not an accurate assessment or the deal ultimately fell through. Whatever the case, the Washington Football Team will be around for one more season.