Over the course of the off-season a poll was conducted by NFL Nation reporters. The question was simple, “should the Washington Redskins change their name?” The players that were asked had to answer either “yes” or “no”.
The entire logo name fiasco has drawn lines in sand with a defined stand on both sides. The United States government has seen fit to acknowledge the term to be offensive when the patent office rejected the Redskins rights to the name. Poll fifty people off the street and your likely to get a 50/50 split.
For the players that were polled there was no wide difference of opinion. 286 players were posed the question with 167 or 58% responding that the name did not need to be changed. 119 players or 42% felt that they should. NFL Nation also polled 51 Redskin players with 24 saying they didn’t want to answer the question, 26 saying they should keep the name, and one player saying it should be changed.
Many players and fans who also participated in a poll earlier in the year have expressed disinterest in politically correct arguments. Most believe that both sides have valid points and fans have pointed to a view of respect with the use of the name while of course the Oneida Indian nation is spearheading the charge to have all offensive team names changed.
While the Redskins are the team most notably being confronted about change, both the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Indians have both been contacted by the Oneida nation in regards to their teams mascots, logos, and names.
The poll doesn’t put an end to the debate over the use of the name “Redskins” as it relates to the Washington team and no poll is going to do that. In the end one man can end the debate and that is Dan Snyder who is steadfast in his decision to not change the name. Eventually, the Oneida nation will fade away or Snyder will relent.