The battle lines have been drawn, sort of. The NFL and the Redskins both defend the team’s name but express willingness to listen to those who oppose it.
So they’re listening. What comes after the listening? More listening?
Erik Kuselias (who favors keeping the name) and yours truly (who doesn’t) considered the status of the situation on Tuesday’s PFT Live. More importantly, we discussed what could happen now that the issue potentially has reached critical mass.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Roger Goodell recently dropped a possible hint regarding what he’d like to see happen.
“I’m confident that he’s listening,” Goodell said during a question-and-answer session with Cowboys season-ticket holders. “I’m confident he feels strongly about that name, but he also wants to do the right thing.”
The use of “but” arguably implies that doing the right thing means changing the name.
The next known tangible step will be a meeting between the NFL and representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation. Set for November 22, the timetable could be accelerated. In the interim, other events could transpire.
And here’s the part where I ask you to click the box below, watch a 15-second or 30-second commercial, and then enjoy more than 16 minutes of my discussion with Kuselias about the team name and other topics.