Washington Redskins Name Change Gains Momentum

By Chris Hoenig


There’s a disagreement in Washington, D.C., that’s making headlines across the country, and it has nothing to do with the budget or the deficit. Instead, it’s a battle between the owner of D.C.’s pro football team, the Washington Redskins, and millions of Americans who think it’s time for the franchise to change its name.

The Redskins haven’t always played in Washington. They haven’t always been the Redskins. But they have always been named after the American Indian. The franchise was founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves, playing in the baseball stadium of the then Boston, now Atlanta Braves. A year later, they moved in with the crosstown baseball rivals, playing their home games at the Red Sox’s Fenway Park, and changed their name to the Redskins. In 1937, the team moved to Washington, D.C., and the Washington Redskins were officially born.

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