Washington Football Team sets date for new name reveal amid stadium crisis


Its stadium may be a hazard, but at least the Washington Football Team will finally have a new name in less than a month.

The franchise announced on Tuesday that it will reveal its long-awaited name change on Feb. 2. It will come about 19 months after it ditched its old nickname over issues of racial insensitivity, and temporarily became the Washington Football Team.

Team president Jason Wright disclosed that the new mascot will not be the Wolves or RedWolves, despite those names being fan favorites, because of the trademark challenges they would come with.

“We can’t wait to hit the ground running with our team name and identity on a clear path — one without distracting obstacles, legal or otherwise,” Wright wrote in a post on the team’s website.

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera
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“And while we’ve always understood it would be a nearly impossible task to select a name that all of our fans would identify with as their first pick, we are very excited about our final selection, which aligns with our values, carries forth our rich history, represents the region and, most importantly, is inspired and informed by you, our fans.”

The team also teased a jersey reveal, which will keep its colors burgundy and gold.

Meanwhile, the Washington Football Team — who will face the Giants on Sunday to put an end to its fifth straight losing season — has other issues to deal with, namely FedEx Field.

Last Sunday, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was nearly hit by fans who were leaning over a railing that came crashing down as Hurts began to make his way down the tunnel at FedEx Field. At least one fan who was caught up in the collapse suffered a cervical strain and a head injury, plus elbow and knee contusions, ESPN reported.

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