After two years, the Washington Football Team finally have finally decided on a new name for their franchise. As of February 2nd, 2022, this franchise will be known as the Washington Commanders.
The official announcement was made by Commander Team President Jason Wright. He announced the new team’s name and logo on “The Today Show”. Despite the official announcement, there was a couple of instances in which it appears that the team’s new name may have come to light prematurely.
The team’s new name was mentioned two days ago during an interview by NFL Hall of Famer Joe Theismann with CBS Sports Radio. He expected that the Commanders would be the franchise’s new nickname and that fans would welcome it.
Additionally, a news chopper from the local NBC affiliate in Washington captured footage of a “Commanders” banner that was seen through a window at FedEx Field.
For years, Commanders owner Daniel Snyder was pressured to abandon the Redskins name due to the fact that it had been considered racist by Native Americans. However, he declined to change the name.
However, Snyder had no choice but to agree to a potential name change in 2020. The demonstrations against racial injustice in the aftermaths of the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd forced shareholders and investors to convince Snyder that he had to make a change to the name. The franchise’s major sponsors also threatened to pull their sponsorships unless a change was made.
It goes without saying that a new name means that the team will have a new logo. The Commanders introduced three different logo variations yesterday.
The first logo variation was a wide “W” in the franchise’s long-standing burgundy and gold color combination. The inside of the “W” is covered completely in burgundy while the bold outlines of the logo are colored in gold.
The Washington Commanders also released a wordmark logo. The wordmark logo was colored gold and had the word “WASHINGTON” in a tinier gold font on the top of their logo. In the center of the logo, the word “COMMANDERS” could be seen in a bolder print and a font that is more than twice the size of the aforementioned “WASHINGTON” font.
Finally, the Washington Commanders have a newer alternative logo that celebrates their history. It is a white circular logo with a burgundy “WASHINGTON FOOTBALL” wordmark on the top. The middle of the circular logo contains another circle contained within it. The circle is divided into four halves. One can know about the team being established in 1932 as seen by the “EST 19” on the top left and the “32” on the bottom right.
The top right has a tinier version of the aforementioned “W” logo. However, this version is covered in white with a burgundy background. Finally, the bottom-left section of the inner circle contains three white stars with a burgundy background.
The bottom of the circular logo celebrates the championships won by the Commanders franchise as seen by the wordmarks “1937, 1943, 1983, 1988 and 1992.”
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