Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has for years refused to change the team's name. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN's Adam Schefter: Redskins will change name before 2020 season

The Washington Redskins may finally be changing their name after years of criticism that it is offensive.

The Washington team owned by Dan Snyder announced Friday it plans to do a thorough review of the term "Redskins," and ESPN's Adam Schefter believes the team name will be changed before the 2020 campaign. 

"You don't make that announcement unless you intend to make a change," Schefter said. "Change is coming to Washington and I do not expect that team to be called the Redskins this season. Now the only question that remains is what will they change the name to because it won't be Washington Redskins in 2020." 

Many people already are taking their guesses as to what Washington will call themselves if they change the name, and quarterback Dwayne Haskins supported the idea of calling the team the "Redtails," which has been widely popular among fans. 

While "Redtails" is popular, it isn't included on the list of odds released by BetOnline.ag to be Washington's new team name ... but some other interesting choices were on there like the "Jeffersons" and "Roosevelts."

Washington changed its name from the Braves to Redskins in 1933 and has been the subject of protests by Native-American groups and others for the past 40 years. Snyder has for years refused a name change despite several different court battles.

A 2019 poll of Native Americans showed that a majority found the team name offensive, according to USA Today, but Snyder originally claimed he'd "never" change the name.

Before announcing a thorough review of the team name, Washington recently removed a statue dedicated to its former owner, George Preston Marshall, at RFK Stadium and cited his racist policies of not signing black players for decades.

The team played at RFK Stadium from 1961 to 1996.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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