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    VClib

    The Washington NFL team isn't going to change the name until the use of this name starts hitting the team's (and the NFL's) bottom line. And while the name is certainly offensive and those of us here are (rightly) up in arms about it, most people don't care. In fact, a recent AP poll (from May 2013) showed 79% of football fans think the team should keep using the "Redskins" name.  A similarly 79% of the general public agreed. I provided a link below. Even more amazing is that this represents a 10 point improvement from the early 1990s when 89% said the team should keep using the name.

    What this tells me is that the team's (and the league's bottom line) is more likely to be negatively impacted by changing the name than by keeping it. The NFL is a business, and until these views are reversed the name isn't going anywhere. You can stage all the protests you want and the media can run as many articles as it likes, but to bring about real change we need to work on changing peoples' views on this name.

    http://www.cbssports.com/...

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