President Donald Trump meanwhile had criticised Washington's announcement that the team name was under review.
However, the path to trademarking the new name might be hard thanks to one man's "hobby".
Washington team owner Daniel Snyder is expected to announce that the "Redskins" moniker will be retired as early as Monday. Marshall had previously been an ardent critic of desegregation in America, including many statements made after his founding and ownership of one of the NFL's cornerstone franchises over the last century. Nike had removed the team's merchandise from its online store.
As recently as a year ago, team owner Dan Snyder had vowed that he would never change the team's name in spite of protests from some that the term "redskin" is inherently racist.
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The head of the Eastern Orthodox Church has condemned the move, as has Greece - home to many millions of Orthodox followers. The building was finally transformed into a museum in 1935 by Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern Turkish republic.
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There are no guarantees college football will be played this autumn. "You try to do the best job you can communicating". The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday that all fall sports will be limited to league-only games.
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Dr Maria Van Kerkhove went on to say that a "comprehensive package of interventions is required to be able to stop transmission". They pointed to the risk of infection not only through large droplets but also smaller particles lingering in stagnant air.
Leaders of Native American tribes have long complained the Washington nickname is offensive. He did not reveal the names but said he wanted to confer with Native American and military organizations to make sure that the new name properly honored both.
Native American activists have tried to force Snyder to change the name of the team, which was established in 1933. Owner Dan Snyder says the process will include input from alumni, sponsors, the league, community and members of the organization.
In the July 4 interview, Rivera said he and Snyder had come up with two names that Rivera really liked.
"It's that simple. NEVER-you can use caps", Snyder said.
The team recently started cutting ties with racist founder George Preston Marshall, removing his name from the Ring of Fame and renaming the lower bowl at FedEx Field for the team's first Black player, late Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell. The current logo shows the profile of a red-faced Native American with feathers in his hair. We're not sure if that means they'll still be the Redskins and still use that logo during the upcoming 2020 season or not.