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In major sports at lot of folks are coming out about how bad and downtrodden they felt playing for the Redskin s, the Eskimos etc. and are demanding name changes, but you have to wonder did they continue to play for the $$$$$ despite everything else and if so why??????  what have most done if any done done for the downtrodden members of their ethic communities...... lots or nothing.  ........ we are seeing the same from the entertainment community and I pose the same question.   

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There's a strong argument to made that naming a sports team after a racial group is a compliment - Redskins - strong, fierce, competent.  Would you name a sports team - The Pansies?  No.  Of all the things to be concerned about I think this is the stupidest - a sports team picks a name to be bold, dynamic and show some sort superior ability - take it as a compliment.

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13 hours ago, seeker said:

There's a strong argument to made that naming a sports team after a racial group is a compliment - Redskins - strong, fierce, competent.  Would you name a sports team - The Pansies?  No.  Of all the things to be concerned about I think this is the stupidest - a sports team picks a name to be bold, dynamic and show some sort superior ability - take it as a compliment.

I agree, the Edmonton football team did not chose the name "Eskimos" because it was derogatory, it was because Eskimos were viewed as very strong and hearty residents of Canada's north and hopefully the team would share those characteristics. However......

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Eskimos to get a new name: reports

Redskins’ decision to rebrand was ‘the nail in the coffin,’ source says

  • Calgary Herald
  • 17 Jul 2020
  • GERRY MODDEJONGE gmoddejonge@postmedia.com Twitter: @Gerrymoddejonge

EDMONTON Edmonton’s Canadian Football League franchise is lining up a new team name.

The decision, which has been arrived at within the organization but is yet to be announced, comes one day after holding their annual general meeting with media and shareholders via video conference.

“The nail in the coffin was when the Washington Redskins came out and retired their name and logo this week,” a source within the organization, who wished to remain anonymous, told Postmedia on Thursday. “I don’t see how there is any way we can continue on using the name.”

Club president Chris Presson met with Edmonton Ward 4 Coun. Aaron Paquette early Thursday afternoon, where the topic of the team’s derogatory name — the Edmonton Eskimos — was front and centre.

“I had an extremely productive meeting with Edmonton’s own football team today after they accepted my invitation to share ideas and perspectives,” Paquette, an award-winning Indigenous artist and author, posted on his Twitter account.

“I was very impressed with the potential coming out of our conversation. I can’t say any more, but we’ll see what develops.”

Presson responded to a request for further details simply by saying, “We have no further updates.”

But later that afternoon, CFL broadcast partner TSN reported sources told Ryan Rishaug the club has made an internal decision to change its name, with an announcement to come as early as next week.

Public outcry for the club to send its moniker the way of the dodo has been ramping up since the team’s official Twitter feed painted a hypocritical target on its back in calling for an end to racial inequality following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota.

Since then, the club announced it would be undergoing further review into its research and outreach into Canada’s Inuit population, which had begun soon after the issue was brought into the national spotlight by Inuit Tapiriit

Kanatami president Natan Obed during their 2015 Grey Cup championship.

“We would prefer to comment once the team has gone on the record with the news,” read correspondence from Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, when approached Thursday by Postmedia.

On July 7, Bel Air Direct, who has attached its name to the successful 50-50 raffles held during Edmonton’s home games, was the first club sponsor to announce it would be parting ways with the team should it continue using its current name.

The following day, the club’s response showed just how loud money talks.

“We acknowledge and appreciate the feedback and input regarding our name,” read a news release from the team.

“We take this issue seriously, as has been demonstrated by the three years we’ve spent engaging in Canada’s North and conducting research related to our name. We recognize that a lot has occurred since this information was gathered, and as a result, we are accelerating our ongoing process of review.

“We will be seeking further input from the Inuit, our partners and other stakeholders to inform our decisions moving forward. We’ll continue to listen carefully and with an open mind. We intend to complete our review as quickly as possible and will provide an update on these discussions by the end of this month.”

On March 13, 2018, the football team filed to trademark the name Edmonton Empire for souvenirs, toys, sporting goods and gear.

The Edmonton Eskimos name has been used since well before the current iteration of the football team officially came into being in 1949.

 

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