New Washington Commanders owners ‘could rename franchise to remove any part of Dan Snyder legacy’
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According to a report, the new Washington Commander owners may change the name of the franchise after the $6.05 billion sale.
The $6.05 billion sale of the Washington Commanders to a consortium led by Josh Harris was approved by the rest of the NFL owners on Thursday.
It ends Dan Snyder’s long tenure – one of the league’s most tumultuous -. But the new owners are already looking to shake things up.
The incoming ownership group includes Harris, who owns the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, as well as Los Angeles Lakers legend and Dodgers co-owner, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson.
And, according to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr., the group may change the organization’s name after taking over.
The new Washington Commander owners (pictured right: Josh Harris) may change the name
Washington fans gather at 2023 NFL draft with ‘Commanders’ banner
“I think there’s a very good chance that any part of Snyder’s legacy will be erased to do a complete do-over,” Natta Jr. said when asked if the change was a possibility during an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show.
‘I wouldn’t be at all surprised, Rich, to see a name change and a complete rebranding.’
The change could mark the beginning of a clean slate for the Commanders following Snyder ownership.
Snyder, who was fined $60 million by the NFL on Thursday following an investigation into allegations of misconduct and financial improprieties, has faced much controversy during his tenure.
Throughout Snyder’s tenure, the team was criticized for its current-former nickname, the Redskins, which was considered offensive to Native Americans.
Snyder fought the change for years, but Washington finally dropped the ‘Redskins’ name under a wave of scrutiny in 2020 amid protests from George Floyd.
That change – first to the placeholder ‘Washington Football Team’ and then to ‘Commanders’ – also angered many fans and conservatives.
The change could mark the beginning of a clean slate following Dan Snyder’s ownership
Schneider became wealthy in the 1990s after selling his communications company to a French advertising agency in a $2 billion deal.
A longtime Redskins fan splurged $800 million on the club in 1999, but failed to build a successful culture in Washington amid battles with executives, minority partners, local government officials, the NFL, the media and, above all, disgruntled fans.
Whereas the Redskins were perennial contenders throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s and early 1990s, Snyder’s erratic decisions led to instability and rampant turnover.
The team has had 27 starting quarterbacks during the Snyder era, as well as 10 head coaches and a .427 winning percentage.
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