Jason Wright: Washington Football Team could remain permanent name

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After the franchise’s name change in 2020, the Washington Football Team caught on with some fans. Team president Jason Wright told John Keim of ESPN that the organization will strongly consider Washington Football Team as the permanent name for the franchise.

“There are a set of folks that have warmed to the Washington Football Team,” Wright told Keimi about input the organization has received. “Some of the things that are emerging from that are the Washington Football Team has something that ties deeply to our history. It feels like that isn’t jettisoning all the things we have been in the past, whereas something that’s completely new might feel that way.

“It’s important for a substantial part of our fan base to feel that this is a continuation of something vs. a complete reset, something brand new.”

The Washington Football Team will remain the placeholder for 2021 with a permanent name in place for 2022. The franchise moved on from its former name last summer after 87 years.

Wright said the organization has no timetable for announcing the permanent name.

“The sooner the better, that’s one thing I hear from the fan base,” Wright said. “I would like it sooner than later, but it’s hard to commit to timing because the importance here is thoroughness, rigor and ensuring that we have been inclusive of all the folks that we need to listen to. That works against speed in some ways, but we’re moving as fast as possible.”

The team has received 15,000 suggestions for the new name or new logo, with almost two weeks remaining until the April 5 deadline for fan input. The organization has consulted with alumni, overseas fans, young fans, the military and longtime fans, among others.

It already announced it will keep burgundy and gold as the team colors.

40 responses to “Jason Wright: Washington Football Team could remain permanent name

  1. Not a fan of the team, but I like the name. Sounds like a soccer team, which anywhere else but here would be a football team, so there’s that if you like punny irony.

  2. Keep it. Looks clean. Every name suggestion is lame, or tired, or not funny, or already taken. Don’t need a mascot, just play football in the team colors and they’re good to go.

    Just don’t put ads on the ‘kit’ like they do in ‘football’ or something stupid, Bezos.

  3. It’s just so unimaginative, I can’t see how anyone with any right brain ability can get behind this.
    Besides, I can see how Washington Football Team as a whole can be trademarked, but there’s no way just “Football Team” could be. I can’t see how they can get behind that if it could potentially cost them $$$

  4. We all know that “Washington Football Team” isn’t a name that’s going to sell merchandise

  5. They would still be the Redskins today, still being obstinate about it, if Dan Snyder hadn’t found he’d burned a couple too many bridges and found himself in desperate need of some halfway decent press.

  6. They should change it to “Washington Rebels” just to make everyone even more mad than before.

  7. I like it. There’s something timeless and classic about it. Combined with essentially no logo… it’s like, we don’t NEED a silly nickname. Keep it.

  8. studies, speed, involvement, …yawn. this whole thing is so stupid.

    just name the team. turn the page.

  9. How come teams in this area are always just “Washington”. Shouldn’t they be the Washington DC Football Team. I mean we do have a state called just “Washington”.

  10. No one outside their fans really cares, but there’s no plausible reason it should take 2 years to decide.

  11. so wait, isnt calling them a football “team” kind of a slur against real teams?
    .
    just call them “washington football” and have their logo be some cheesy online fantasy football helmet icon.

  12. Everybody should be happy. I heard so many complaints about the old name, and now it’s gone. Time to move on. Dan Snyder is just letting everyone know that he’ll change the name if, and when he wants to. The best way to get him to change the name is by saying how much you love the new name.

  13. I like this idea. There is something defiant about it. A bit of a middle finger to the league office.

  14. If they do, they will have the worst team name in the “big four” of North America sports (NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA), even including teams that moved and kept a nickname that doesn’t make any sense, like the Utah Jazz. As others have said, it’s not a name that will sell licensed merchandise, and that’s a huge revenue stream for the NFL. “Honey, I got you a Football Team jersey” doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  15. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! The name’s different – who says you need a nickname? And it stands out. The uniforms are cool too – real throwback style. Keep as is, I say.

  16. It isn’t as if they didn’t know for a decade that eventually they would need to ditch the ‘Redskins’ moniker. They should have had a new name ready before that happened. It’s not difficult. Little kids pick team names all the time in all sorts of sports but an alleged professional businessman can’t?

  17. Like someone said above, I prefer “Washington Football Club”. But I do like the idea of “Team” as well. And the current uniforms with the numbers on the helmets are fantastic.

    Snyder being behind this is a reminder that even a blind squirrel finds a nut.

  18. I like the name. It reminds me of when people say “The New York Football Giants”.

  19. WFT is lame and unoriginal. Please change the name to Washington Sentinels. It is the best selection and has history from a certain movie in 2000. WASHINGTON SENTINELS!!!!

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