When Washington’s football team plays at home, not much is said about the team’s name — other than “hail” to it.
When the team has gone elsewhere this year, the controversy regarding its name has followed.
It continues today in Denver, with a combination of radio ads purchased by Oneida Indian Nation and a protest at Sports Authority Field from the American Indian Movement of Colorado.
“We want the players and the coaches to be aware there is national attention on this,” American Indian Movement of Colorado organizer Glenn Morris said, via the Denver Post. “We want to pique their consciences to get them to start pressuring owner Dan Snyder from the inside out.”
The radio ads will be aired in Denver, a week after two CBS Radio stations in Washington opted not to play the commercials, for reasons that still don’t make much sense.
“If they want to buy advertising on our radio station to share their side of the story I’m all for it,” Denver’s 102.3 FM general manager Tom Manoogian told the Post. “Why should I stifle a group that has strong feelings about a topic that hits very close to their hearts?”
The ads likely will be played in Minnesota when the Redskins play there on Thursday, November 7. An effort to persuade the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission to ban the term “Redskins” from being used at the Metrodome recently was made, but failed.