As we have covered previously, the Washington Football team has had a major roadblock in terms of getting a new name. The Washington Football Team has been denied in previous efforts by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office when it comes to finding a new change. In addition, an individual by the name of Martin McCauley has been a thorn in the team’s efforts to find a new name. As a trademark squatter, Martin McCauley had names to viable alternatives such as the “Washington Red Tails” and the “Washington Monuments.”
There is now an update with regards to this matter.
Washington Football Team president Jason Wright informed the Washington Post that the franchise will retain the name “Washington Football Team” for another season. However, a name for the team is expected to be chosen by the early part of 2022. As it turns out, Jason Wright announced on the latest episode of a show called “Making the Brand” that the Washington Football team has narrowed down their search to three names from an overall pool of 40,000 submissions. At the beginning of the episode, Jason Wright begins the episode by saying the three names to Ron Rivera. However, the viewer was prevented from hearing it due to clever editing.
Jason Wright would go into further detail in an episode of “The Pat Mcafee Show”. He made it clear that it was significant that the team makes this announcement on the 90th anniversary of its existence. Originally, there were reports that the three finalists were selected from a pool of eight potential candidates. The list of eight names came from a video produced by the team. The names shown on the video were the Armada, Brigade, Commanders, Defenders, Presidents, Red-Hogs, Red Wolves, and the Washington Football Team.
However, team president Jason Wright confirmed that those reports were erroneous. He explains that the names on the video were not a final list of eight candidates. They were actually random choices of nicknames that were put in the video in order to get feedback from individuals featured in the piece.
On another podcast entitled "Washington Football Talk" with JP Finlay. Jason Wright said that he has the "Washington Warriors" as his front-runner. Originally, he felt that it embodied the spirit of what the team wanted to develop.
However, Wright was convinced by engagement groups not to go with the “Warriors” because the name carries a connotation that made Native Americans uncomfortable. Wright concluded that the Warriors' nicknames came from the same problematic place that their previous name stemmed from.
The franchise’s search for a new name has taken place for over a year now. As it stands, the Washington Football team will have a new name in the early portion of 2022. We are only left to wonder what name it will be. However, the franchise has confirmed that they will maintain their traditional color scheme of burgundy and gold for their uniforms.
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