Washington Football Team

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Washington Football Team
Established 1932
Play in Landover, Maryland
League/conference affiliations

National Football League (1932–present)

  • Eastern Division (1933-1949)
  • American Conference (1950-1952)
  • Eastern Conference (1953-1969)
    • Capitol Division (1967-1969)
  • National Football Conference (1970-present)
    • NFC East (1970-present)
Current uniform
Team colorsBurgundy, Gold, White
Fight songHail to the Redskins
Owner(s)Dan Snyder
General managerVacant
Head coachRon Rivera
Team history
  • Boston Braves (1932)
  • Boston Redskins (1933-1936)
  • Washington Redskins (1937-2019)
  • Washington Football Team (2020–present)
Team nicknames
The Skins
League championships (5)
Conference championships (5)
  • NFC: 1972, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1991
Division championships (12)
  • NFL East: 1936, 1937, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1945
  • NFC East: 1972, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1999
Home fields

The Washington Football Team is a professional American football team based in the Washington, D.C. area. The team plays at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. The team's head office and training area are at Redskin Park in Ashburn, Virginia. They are part of the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL).

The team began in Boston. They were first named for the Boston Braves baseball team. They were soon renamed the "Redskins". They kept that nickname after moving to Washington. Some consider it offensive to name a team after a race or ethnic group, resulting in protests and legal challenges, but the team owners have refused to think about changing the name.

On June 18, 2014, the United States Patent Office decided that they were going to cancel the Redskins trademarks and called the name "disparaging to Native Americans".[1]

In 2020, the team announced that there would be a review of the name.[2][3] On July 13, 2020, the team officially retired the "Redskins" name, although they have not chosen a new team name.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Trademark board rules against Washington Redskins name". NFL. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  2. Around the NFL staff (July 3, 2020). "Washington Redskins to undergo thorough review of team's name". NFL.com. NFL Enterprises. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  3. Draper, Kevin (July 3, 2020). "Washington and the N.F.L. Might Change the Redskins Name. Why Now?". The New York Times. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  4. Carpenter, Les; Maske, Mark (July 12, 2020). "Redskins to retire team name Monday; new name to be revealed later". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 13, 2020.

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