The Commanders are the new name for the Washington football team.
After two years of speculation, the Washington Football Team finally unveiled its new name and appearance as the Washington Commanders on Wednesday.
“There is only one legacy. One common future. We’re the Washington Commanders, and we’re here to help. ” The professional football club from Washington, D.C., made the announcement on Twitter.
After years of backlash over its racial implications against Native Americans, the team changed its name in July 2020.
“We announced the start of a comprehensive examination of the team’s name on July 3rd… We’re announcing today that, after this study is completed, the Redskins name and logo will be retired. On July 3, 2020, the club released a statement.
Two weeks later, the squad changed its name to “Washington Football Team,” despite the fact that it was only scheduled to be in existence for the 2020–21 season. The squad chose to preserve the name for another season while they worked out a new name and copyright issues.
Tanya Snyder, the wife of Washington co-CEO Daniel Snyder, told ESPN in September that the final eight contenders had been cut down to the Armada, Brigade, Commanders, Defenders, Presidents, Redhawks, RedWolves, and the existing football team.
However, owing to copyright difficulties, club President Jason Wright said last month that RedWolves, one of the most popular suggestions on social media, would not be the team name.
Wright stated on the team’s website, “Early on, we knew Wolves—or some variant of it—was one of our fan favourites.” “As I’ve mentioned before, we value input from our fans, and due to your enthusiasm for this name, we’ve added Wolves to our list of possibilities to investigate further. When we started researching Wolves, though, we discovered a significant stumbling block: trademarks owned by other clubs would restrict our capacity to make the name our own. For these and other reasons, varieties like RedWolves would not have been possible without wolves.
Despite protests from activists and several Native American organisations, Daniel Snyder has long said that he would “never” alter the team’s name. Following racist demonstrations in the summer of 2020 in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing at the hands of numerous Minneapolis police officers, as well as a petition from hundreds of shareholders to team sponsors, Snyder declared the team would begin a reconsideration of the name.
Last month, Wright said that the squad name had already been determined, albeit it had not yet been revealed. In an interview with CBS Sports Radio this week, Washington icon Joe Theismann, who led the team to a Super Bowl 17 victory, seemed to hint that the new moniker would be the Commanders. “I believe the Commanders is a term that will hopefully grow in popularity in the future.” There were so many possibilities.
He then admitted to The Washington Times that he had no idea it would be the Commanders.
Wright expressed his optimism that the new team name would please the supporters.
And while we’ve always understood that selecting a name that all of our fans would identify with as their first choice would be a near-impossible task,” Wright wrote in January, “we are very excited about our final selection, which aligns with our values, carries forth our rich history, represents the region, and, most importantly, is inspired and informed by you, our fans.”