Peter King, a longtime sportswriter who pens the Monday Morning Quarterback Column for The MMQB.com, made a bold prediction about the name of the NFL’s Washington, D.C. franchise in his column Monday.
Item No. 7 of King’s “Ten Things I Think” was a simple one-liner: “I think the Washington franchise will have a new team name by 2016.”
King didn’t elaborate on the statement, but in between writing about which craft beers he consumed on which trains, King generally drops tidbits of information that are well-sourced.
The Redskins name has come under fire in recent months and athletes, politicians, and celebrities have waged a PR battle against a name some people deem offensive. One group of Native Americans paid for a high-profile commercial protesting the name, which ran during the NBA Finals. The Redskins hired a high-profile liberal blogger for help defending the name, but he resigned less than a month into the job. Team owner Dan Synder once famously said he would “never” change the name, but that was before the public backlash. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six Redskins trademarks in June.