On Monday, after years of resistance, Washington owner Dan Snyder has announced that the team he owns will be retiring their name and logo. There is no word yet on what the new name will be or when the change will officially happen.
The franchise began its history as the Boston Braves in 1932 and adopted their other nickname the next year. The team moved from Boston to Washington before the 1937 season and had kept the name ever since. The team nickname had been the subject of a great deal of controversy, more so in recent years, and there were protests outside of U.S. Bank Stadium this past year when the Vikings hosted Washington for Thursday night football.
The Vikings aren’t scheduled to play Washington in 2020, so the next time the two teams take the field against one another the other team will definitely have a new nickname. Over the course of the Vikings’ franchise history, they’ve played the artists formerly known as the Redskins 27 times. Of those games, they’ve met 22 times in the regular season with the Vikings holding a 12-10 advantage. They’ve also met five times in the postseason, with the Vikings winning just two of those contests and losing three.
What do you think of the Washington NFL club changing their name? What do you think they should change it to going forward?