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Univ. Of Minnesota Urges Vikings To Omit Redskins' Name From Promo Material For Nov. Game
Published August 7, 2014
THE NAME GAME: Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder this week defended the team's name in several media appearances, including ESPN playing a snippet of a longer interview set to air in full next month. As part of the defense, Snyder noted the team has traveled to various Native American reservations and is providing financial aid to several tribes. Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw said, "I would applaud him for at least investigating the matter -- going to reservations, starting a foundation. ... He's putting some money into it and some thought into it. However, I still think he's got the wrong side of the equation here." Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Tuesday became the latest public figure to call for a name change, and Cowlishaw said, "The problem now is if you have a governor, if you have some Congressmen coming after him, he could be perceived as the little guy fighting against the politically correct." Denver Post columnist Woody Paige said, “When you have Congress involved, the President, when you have people throughout the country talking about, ‘You have to change the name,’ I believe it's going to happen sooner than later." However, the N.Y. Daily News' Frank Isola said he does not think the name "is going to change anytime soon" unless there is "more pressure put on" the team and the NFL. Meanwhile, ESPN's J.A. Adande said, "Snyder’s defenses are indefensible. For example, he cites ‘Hail to the Redskins’ as an example of how this is honoring Native Americans supposedly. He doesn’t realize that at one time that fight song included the words, ‘Fight for old Dixie,’ and then they had to change it because maybe it wouldn’t feel right to represent the Confederacy” ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 8/6).