“Snyder has made this battle to keep the name of his team much harder than it should be. He has only himself to blame,” Burke commented – and rightly so because, according to latest news, television broadcasters could be penalized for using the racially offensive moniker.
The Federal Communications Commission could start punishing announcers for using the term “Redskins” during broadcasts when referencing the Washington-based NFL team, agency chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed, as per Reuters reports.
Wheeler made the statement in response to a petition filed by legal activist John Banzhaf III, calling for a local radio station to lose its broadcasting license for using the name.
Wheeler told reporters:
“We’ll be looking at that petition, we will be dealing with that issue on the merits and we’ll be responding accordingly. There are a lot of names and descriptions that were used over time that are inappropriate today. And I think the name that is attributed to the Washington football club is one of those.”
While the initiative to boycott the name might be a step in the right direction, punishing broadcasters seems a bit too unfair – especially when the team is still using the name.
The experienced sports journalist slipped and said the name at least three times during last week’s Thursday Night Football broadcast between Atlanta and Tampa Bay.
“Will I refer to their nickname? Look, I have already done it,” Simms told Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch earlier this week.
“It is a habit," he added. "I played for 15 years and they were a bitter rival. There is a chance I could slip.”
Although the trademark of the Washington NFL team was canceled by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the team will reportedly appeal the case, according to a statement from its attorney, and it will be able to keep its trademark protection during appeal.