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NFL ANNOUNCERS AVOIDING USE OF "REDSKINS" TAG

September 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Seeming to portend that the days that the Washington DC football team will continue to be called the Redskins are numbered, a study by sports website Deadspin noted that NFL TV broadcasts during the first two weeks of the season have decided to avoid the use of the name, which some Indian activist groups have labeled racist. According to the Deadspin study, NFL announcers used the name Redskins 67 times but referred to the team as "Washington" 156 times. During the first two weeks of the season a year ago, Redskins was used 186 times; Washington, 156. The Change the Mascot campaign, which has been actively supporting a name change, issued a statement praising the survey’s results, saying, "We are gratified that an increasing number of broadcasters are honoring our campaign by refusing to help Washington team officials slur Native Americans."