Redskins name change: Goodell, Costas weigh in on Sunday night

10/14/13
 
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from ABC7News,
10/14/13:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he believes Washington owner Daniel Snyder is “way down the road” in consideration of whether the team should change its nickname.

Goodell got a question Sunday about the latest debate over the name during a question-and-answer session with Dallas season ticket-holders before the Cowboys’ game against the Redskins.

The commissioner repeated what he said during the owners’ meetings last week – that he grew up in Washington and considered everything about the name to be something that honored the tradition of Native Americans.

“But I think we also have to be sensitive enough to at least listen and try to see what it is we can do if we’re insulting any element of our fan base, or non-fan base for that matter,” Goodell said.

“I think Dan Snyder is way down the road on doing that. I’m confident he’s listening. I’m confident he feels strongly about the name but also wants to do the right thing.”

The Redskins were playing for the first time since President Barack Obama reignited the debate by saying he would “think about changing” the name if he were the team’s owner. Congressman Tom Cole – a Republican – has called it “offensive.”

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