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Redskins Will Review Team Name Amid Mounting Pressure

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The Washington Redskins will “undergo a thorough review of the team’s name” as pressure builds for it to be changed. 

Team owner Dan Snyder said in a statement Friday morning that initial discussions with the league have been underway in recent weeks. 

“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” he said in a statement. 

Snyder said for years that he would never consider changing the team’s name, which has been criticized as racist for decades. 

Head Coach Ron Rivera said, “This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our Military.” 

FedEx, whose name is on the team’s stadium, asked the team on Thursday to change the name.

Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story. 

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