Roger Goodell had key role in getting Daniel Snyder to agree to change team name

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Pressure from sponsors like FedEx and Nike got the ball rolling. Within the confines of the NFL, however, one man played a key role in convincing Washington owner Daniel Snyder to finally change his team’s name.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Commissioner Roger Goodell pushed Snyder “very hard” to make the change. Goodell had tried to nudge Snyder toward a change in the past. Goodell seized the current moment to go “full force” toward persuading Snyder to make the change.

It’s never easy for the Commissioner to push back against one of the people who employ him. In this specific case, it was a no-brainer. Moreover, Goodell’s decision to take the initiative by pushing Snyder made it easier for the other owners to avoid the awkward task of telling one of their partners what to do.

The formal decision by the team to announce that the name will be retired but that it will remain in place until a new name is selected may have taken some in the league office, including Goodell, by surprise. The current posture simply isn’t sustainable for more than a week or so. At the very latest, the old name must be gone before training camp opens.

The sooner the change is made, the better. And if Goodell truly was pushing Snyder aggressively to make the change, Goodell surely will push Snyder to finish the job sooner than later.

27 responses to “Roger Goodell had key role in getting Daniel Snyder to agree to change team name

  1. The name should be changed because it is offensive. If a team were called the black faces would that be acceptable? Of course not. Real fans of Washington will remain fans regardless of the nickname. If you stop being a fan because of the change, you are a narrow minded child.

  2. It’s not like Goodell risks anything, he has made so much money that he can live comfortably for at least 100 years.

  3. This is extortion. FedEx, Nike, PepsiCo and others joined together to threaten to cut their business ties with the Redskins, unless the franchise changed its name. For those who failed economics, the above is not an example of free market capitalism. This is extortion. It would be like firing someone because they support Trump.

  4. progressiveshatethetruth2 says:
    July 13, 2020 at 3:17 pm
    This is extortion. FedEx, Nike, PepsiCo and others joined together to threaten to cut their business ties with the Redskins, unless the franchise changed its name. For those who failed economics, the above is not an example of free market capitalism. This is extortion. It would be like firing someone because they support Trump.
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    Wouldn’t “free market capitalism” allow a company to spend their money however they want, based on their own citeria? Perhaps you were one of those who failed economics.

  5. Who cares why they are doing it. It needed to be done. 50 years late is better than nothing.

  6. I am sure the conversation went a lot like this:

    “Look, you’ll get to sell a whole bunch more merchandise and make a ton more money.”

    Either way, I can’t wait for the world to change now that this major problem has been dealt with once and for all. I expect total peace from here on out… right? Right?

  7. Snyder is a snake in the grass and would not be surprised if he slithers out of this yet. Good on Goodell but he don’t know who he’s messin’ with.

  8. As a concession, I think Daniel Snyder goes the Cleveland Browns route:

    Goodbye Redskins … Hello Washington Snyders!!!!

  9. Snyder will have them wear their R-Skin Uniforms on “throwback” nights (all season)

  10. I believe that like I believe horses fly. Roger should have address these issues years ago, the man needs to be gone.

  11. So , is he going to have a “key role” in KC retiring the tomahawk chop???? That’s pretty offensive.

  12. People sweatin’ Redskins, Redtails, Red Wolves etc.

    What about The Washington Redrum?

    Redruuuuumm!!!!

  13. I’m guessing the conversation went something like, “would you rather host the Super Bowl at your new stadium the first year it opens, or never?”

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