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Washington Football Team to announce new name next month

By Ben Fischer

The Washington Football Team will announce its new name on Feb. 2, the team said today, committing to an end of its two-season interregnum since the team discarded its original moniker. The final choice remains a closely guarded secret, but in a team-created video and essay from team President Jason Wright, some details emerged: It will not be “RedWolves” or “Wolves,” and the new brand will keep the classic burgundy and gold color scheme. RedWolves/Wolves could not be cleared for trademark conflicts. “Once we began looking into Wolves, however, we became aware of a notable challenge: trademarks held by other teams would limit our ability to make the name our own,” Wright said. “And without Wolves, variations like RedWolves wouldn't have been viable either for these and other reasons.”

THE BACKSTORY: Washington has been without a traditional nickname since July 2020, when the team announced it would be abandoning the controversial name “Redskins” after years of criticism. The team has collected about 40,000 fan suggestions and convened several focus groups as it worked toward a new name. Along with ruling out Wolves and RedWolves, Wright has said before the name would not be anything related to Native American imagery. The Feb. 2 announcement will be three days after the conference championship games and 11 days before Super Bowl LVI.

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