Redskins owner Dan Snyder said he will “never” change the name of his football team – even if the team loses its legal trademark protection.
“We will never change the name of the team,” Snyder was quoted as saying on USA TODAY’s website Thursday. “As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it’s all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season.”
Asked if he would consider changing the name if the Redskins lose an ongoing federal trademark lawsuit that could hurt the team financially, Snyder said he would not.
“We’ll never change the name," he said. "It’s that simple. NEVER – you can use caps.”
Last week, an Associated Press-GfK poll showed that "Redskins" enjoys wide support nationally, with 79-percent saying they were in favor of keeping the name. Only 11-percent think it should be changed, while eight percent weren’t sure and 2 percent didn’t answer.