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WFT co-CEO Tanya Snyder discusses role with team, new stadium plans

Tanya Snyder sees the NFL evolving as more and more women are coming into prominent leadership positions in the leagueGETTY IMAGES

Washington Football Team co-CEO Tanya Snyder recently appeared on “The Adam Schefter Podcast” and publicly talked about her new role for the first time. Snyder said she “knew I would have my own business” at some point in her life and “I definitely wanted it to be in the fashion world.” But to “be where I am today it’s pretty surreal but I’m ready. I’ve been on the sidelines for a while.” Snyder: “I realized that as much as I cherish my privacy on behalf of me, my family and our kids, if I want someone to know about anything I’m doing and our initiatives then I need to speak up." She said this past year for the organization has been “very difficult,” but “being on the other side of where we are," she is "learning just a tremendous amount." Snyder said when thinking of the recent issues the organization has dealt with, “I get a lump in my throat and it’s a cross between a crime show and a nightmare movie, but I’m here to tell you that today I know we are doing everything possible.” Snyder said she is "involved day-to-day and I’m involved in all the different areas.” She also said the NFL is “evolving” as more and more women are coming into prominent leadership positions and she hopes "the NFL will continue” to improve in that area. Snyder said she plans to “do everything that I possibly can to promote more women.”

STADIUM PLANS: Snyder said of the team’s efforts to build a new stadium, “We’ve looked at all types of venues … and we’re learning from each and every one of them.” But the team has “plenty of time” because “we’ve got six years." Snyder: "We’re way ahead of the game right now and right now we have an opportunity to have quite a few locations, and that’s a blessing. We’re working our way through that process right now and working with all the different precincts and areas and states.” Snyder said she wants the new stadium to be “state-of-the-art” and to be “part of the urban development” ("The Adam Schefter Podcast," 9/7).

NEW NAME FINALISTS: In DC, Matthew Paras notes Snyder on the podcast “seemed to confirm the eight finalists for the team’s new name.” The list “has since been narrowed down to three names, though she didn’t reveal which ones.” The eight names she confirmed were Armada, Brigade, Commanders, Defenders, Presidents, RedHogs, Redwolves and Washington Football Team. She said of the rebrand, “It has been handled extremely professional. I’ve looked at each and every name, just making sure we did not miss a great one. There’s were so many different reasons that so many names fell out, too. You know, legal (conflicts). And we vetted everything, the organization, the agency did. We are looking at the rollout date, relatively soon. We just have to do the timing with the merchandise … and so many other things that are important.” Paras notes WFT "plans to unveil the name in early 2022" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 9/8).

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