Washington to unveil new team name in February, rules out fan favorite

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The Washington Football Team will have a new identity come February. 

Team president Jason Wright announced Tuesday that Washington will unveil its new name on Feb. 2, more than a year after retiring their previous one over mounting pressure that the team name – established in the 1930s – was racist toward Native Americans. 

Washington Football Team logo on display at FedExField in Landover, Maryland, on Oct. 25, 2020. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Team president Jason Wright confirmed that the name will not be Wolves or RedWolves, names popular among fans.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

“Early on we understood Wolves – or some variation of it – was one of our fan favorites. As I’ve said all along, we take feedback from our fans seriously, and because of your interest in this name, we put Wolves on a list of options to explore fully,” Wright said. “Once we began looking into Wolves, however, we became aware of a notable challenge: trademarks held by other teams would limit our ability to make the name our own. And without Wolves, variations like RedWolves wouldn’t have been viable either for these and other reasons.”

He continued: “The prospect of years of litigation wasn’t something that we wanted you, our fans, to have to bear as you begin to embrace a new brand.”

Washington Football Team linebacker David Mayo (51) sets the play with defensive tackles Jonathan Allen (93) and Daron Payne (94) against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Dec. 27, 2021.
(Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports)

Wright said in July that Washington eliminated “Warriors” as a potential name because, while “it does not necessarily or specifically carry a negative connotation, …  ‘context matters’ and that makes it a ‘slippery slope.’”

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