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Groups Urge Broadcasters to Stop Using Offensive Team Name

September 4, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

To coincide with the opening of the 2014 National Football League (NFL) season, a coalition of more than 100 groups – including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights – issued a letter urging radio and television broadcasters to stop using the name of Washington, D.C.’s NFL team.

In the letter dated September 3, the groups – led by the National Congress of American Indians and the Onedia Indian Nation – note that “more and more news organizations and icons of sports media have decided to stand on the right side of history by refusing to continue repeating the team’s name during their coverage of the NFL. Rather than repeat – and therefore promote – the racial slur in question, they have decided to use more generic descriptions when referring to the team.”

Previously, CBS Sports said its broadcasters would be able to decide whether to use the name, a policy that ESPN recently joined in implementing.

The letter was issued on the same day as an announcement by NY Daily News that the publication will no longer use the team’s name. Less than two weeks ago, Washington Post’s editorial board also announced it would abandon the slur.

In December 2013, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights voted unanimously at its national board meeting for a resolution urging a name change.

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