FedEx will take name off Washington stadium unless team name is changed

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FedEx has seven more years left on a naming rights deal for Washington’s stadium.

But the shipping company told owner Dan Snyder they’d take their name off the building after this season if the team’s name didn’t change.

According to Liz Clarke of the Washington Post, the company sent that intent in a two-page letter which was delivered the same day last week they acknowledged in a brief statement that they had requested a name change

The letter noted that the team name could harm FedEx’s brand reputation and was inconsistent with its larger societal goals.

That letter and last week’s statement were the first shots in what quickly became a war on the name from sponsors, with Nike removing all team merchandise from its online store, and Pepsi and Bank of American announcing their support for a change as well.

Also, three of the team’s co-owners (including FedEx’s Fred Smith) have launched bids to sell their shares, yet another signal of their displeasure with doing business with Snyder.

19 responses to “FedEx will take name off Washington stadium unless team name is changed

  1. They can request their name to come off but the contract signed requires payment. The name is the same since the ink dried on the naming rights contract.

  2. Funny, yet they had no issue with the name when they decided to shell out 205 million dollars to have their brand and name associated with the Redskins 10 yrs ago. They’ve had their name proudly plastered on that stadium since 1999. Now it’s an issue? What a joke!

  3. As long as FedEx pays for the next 7 years as per the contract, I’m sure Dan will be happy to take their name down.

  4. Free advertising. They know the name will 100% be changed by next season. If they’re so adamant about it why not remove it effective immediately?

  5. It’s been quite enjoyable watching this all unfold. Mainly because of all the fans who declared that the name WOULD NOT CHANGE and to GET OVER IT, etc.

    It was never up to anyone else aside from the almighty dollar. The moment the threats of that $$ running in the other direction, Snyder immediately changed course.

  6. Take it off all you want FedEx – You still have to pay the contract that you signed with the REDSKINS if your name is on the side of the stadium or not.

  7. Since Fedex has 100 times more money than Dan Snyder. Why doesn’t Dan do what’s inevitable just change the name already! He looks like a fool!

  8. In many regards, even away from football, Snyder sounds like a big jerk. Whether your for the name change or not, I’m glad he is the one being bothered

  9. There isn’t a single individual at FedEx that has more money than Snider.

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    gbpforme says:
    July 10, 2020 at 10:11 am
    Since Fedex has 100 times more money than Dan Snyder. Why doesn’t Dan do what’s inevitable just change the name already! He looks like a fool!

  10. As long as the checks still cash until 2025, I don’t think Snyder cares at all.

  11. Turns out having a team name that’s a dictionary-defined derogatory slur isn’t good for business.

  12. Apparently, a new name favorite among fans and some players is Red Wolves.

    As a skins fan, I’d prefer Hogs. However, Red Wolves is really cool. You could do some great logos with it.

  13. You gotta wonder if Fed Ex isn’t also tired of being associated with a poorly run organization the last 10 years — the team still had at least a somewhat decent reputation when that contract was signed.

  14. 50Stars says:
    July 10, 2020 at 9:51 am
    Take it off all you want FedEx – You still have to pay the contract that you signed with the REDSKINS if your name is on the side of the stadium or not.

    radiologyken says:
    July 10, 2020 at 9:01 am
    They can request their name to come off but the contract signed requires payment. The name is the same since the ink dried on the naming rights contract.
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    Have you read the contract? Do you know that for a fact?

    Almost all contracts of any significance have termination clauses and opt-out provisions. There may be a financial penalty for terminating, or a disagreement about whether there is cause to terminate, but there are usually ways to get out of a contract. NFL teams do it to players all the time.

    And, Snyder would look like a bigger idiot than he already does if he tried to force them to abide by the contract.

  15. “The letter noted that the team name could harm FedEx’s brand reputation and was inconsistent with its larger societal goals.”
    What societal goals does FedEx have? Isn’t your job to move packages from Point A to Point B as quickly and economically as possible? Considering how crappy your service is you may want to concentrate on that first. Societal goals, LOL.

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