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Washington - FCC Considering Move To Ban NFL Redskins Team Name

Published on: September 30, 2014 10:31 PM
By: Reuters
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Washington Redskins playing against New York Giants as tight end Larry Donnell (L) catches a touchdown pass against inside linebacker Perry Riley (R) during an NFL football game at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland USA, 25 September 2014.  EPA/SHAWN THEWWashington Redskins playing against New York Giants as tight end Larry Donnell (L) catches a touchdown pass against inside linebacker Perry Riley (R) during an NFL football game at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland USA, 25 September 2014.  EPA/SHAWN THEW

Washington - The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, the Redskins, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency’s chairman indicated on Tuesday.

The FCC, which enforces broadcast indecency violations, has received a petition from legal activist John Banzhaf III, asking that regulators strip local radio station WWXX-FM of its broadcasting license when it comes up for renewal for using the name “Redskins.”

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Banzhaf says the word is racist, derogatory, profane and hateful, making its use “akin to broadcasting obscenity.”

“We’ll be looking at that petition, we will be dealing with that issue on the merits and we’ll be responding accordingly,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told reporters.

“There are a lot of names and descriptions that were used over time that are inappropriate today. And I think the name that is attributed to the Washington football club is one of those,” Wheeler added.

The FCC could formally deem use of the team name to be indecent, and thus impose a de facto ban on it on over-the-air television and radio.

Despite protests, vigorous lobbying and even intervention from President Barack Obama, team owner Daniel Snyder has vowed not to change the name of his National Football League team.

Some TV football analysts, including CBS’ Phil Simms and Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy, have said they will no longer use the term Redskins. On the other side, former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, a Hall of Famer, says the issue is “so stupid it’s appalling.”

Half of the U.S. Senate asked the NFL to endorse a name change and the Washington Post editorial board has also said it will stop using the team’s name, although it will still be used in the rest of the paper, including the sports section.

In June, a panel of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the team’s trademark registration because it considers its name and logo disparaging. The team has appealed the decision in federal court.



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 Sep 30, 2014 at 11:07 PM Anonymous Says:

When I think of redskin, I think of potatoes. Washington is the second largest state for growing potatoes.

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 Oct 01, 2014 at 09:44 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

They will make a ton of money when they change the name and everyone buys new team jerseys and stuff.

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 Oct 01, 2014 at 11:14 AM Bunim1 Says:

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PaulinSaudi Says:

They will make a ton of money when they change the name and everyone buys new team jerseys and stuff.

So true. Nowadays especially, if they'd call themselves the WASHINGTON LIBERALS.....

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 Oct 01, 2014 at 09:38 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Seriously, I like the "Washington Senators," but they probably should have a contest to drum up interest.

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