The Washington Redskins are facing increasing pressure to change their name, with several politicians saying that the team will not be able to play in DC without ditching it.
"I call on Dan Snyder once again to face that reality, since he does still desperately want to be in the nation's capital," D.C.’s nonvoting House Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton said, via the Washington Post. "He has got a problem he can't get around, and he particularly can't get around it today, after the George Floyd killing."
The team currently plays at FedEx Field in Maryland but is hoping to relocate to RFK Stadium in DC. However, the real estate is owned by the federal government and several prominent officials are voicing their desire for Washington to change their team name or stay in Maryland.
"There is no viable path, locally or federally, for the Washington football team to return to Washington, D.C., without first changing the team name," said D.C. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio.
Dan Snyder, who is the owner of the team, has previously said that he will not be changing the name, despite an increase in criticism of the name as offensive to Native Americans.
"I think it's past time for the team to deal with what offends so many people," said Mayor Muriel E. Bowser. "And this is a great franchise with a great history that's beloved in Washington. And it deserves a name that reflects the affection that we've built for the team."