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Washington's football team is now contemplating what name to choose to replace The Redskins. After years of resistance corporate pressure along with the nationwide protests over  the death of George Floyd has finally moved the team's owner Daniel Snyder to act. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who is looking at a run for governor, says it is about time.

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The Washington Redskin announced that they are officially changing the name after years of resistance. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with east coast sports writer Mike Lurie about its history and what it may mean for other teams.

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After years of refusing to replace the name Washington Redskins a change appears to be in the offing. Indeed, the Cleveland Indians have also said they aim to replace their team's name. All of this comes as the Black Lives Matter protests filled the streets in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer and a renewed effort to take down old Confederate monuments. Glenn Aparicio Parry is author of a new book entitled, "Original Politics: Making America Sacred Again" which looks at American democracy through the traditions of Native Americans.

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has abandoned talks to persuade the Washington Redskins to build its next stadium on a Maryland site currently owned by the federal government.

Spokeswoman Amelia Chasse told news outlets Tuesday that Hogan will proceed with acquiring state control of the 300-acre tract near MGM National Harbor. In December, Hogan acknowledged negotiating a nonbinding land swap that could have cleared the way for a 60,000-seat stadium. That plan drew concern from surprised local politicians and those worried about environmental and financial impact.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Slants aren't exactly a household name when it comes to music, but the Asian-American rock band has made its mark in the legal world.

The Oregon-based group has spent years locked in a First Amendment battle with the government, which refuses to register a trademark for the band's name because it's considered offensive to Asians.

That fight will play out Wednesday in the nation's highest court as the justices consider whether a law barring disparaging trademarks violates the band's free-speech rights.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has rejected a long-shot appeal from the Washington Redskins challenging a law that bars offensive trademarks. But the justices could still resolve the same issue in another case the court took up last week.
 
The court on Monday turned away an unusual request to hear the team's case even before a federal appeals court has weighed in. The Redskins are appealing the government's decision to cancel its trademarks over concerns the name disparages American Indians.
 

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Can the government revoke the Washington Redskins’ trademark just because it is seen as offensive?

Four professors at Widener University’s Delaware Law School say no.

The U.S. Patent Office withdrew the NFKL team’s trademark last year because a Native American group said it was disparaging.

The Wilmington New Journal reports that the four were among the 18 who filed a friend of the court brief backing the football team.

Dean Rod Smolla told the paper that he personally would change the name of the team but added it was not the government’s decision to make.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the Patent and Trademark Office to cancel registration of the Washington Redskins' trademark, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans.
 
The ruling Wednesday by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee affirms an earlier finding by an administrative appeal board.
 
In his 70-page ruling, Lee emphasized that the organization is still free to use the name if it wishes - the team would just lose some legal protections that go along with federal registration of a trademark.
 

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for Native Americans who object to the Washington Redskins' trademark say their case has been strengthened by a recent Supreme Court ruling on license plates and the Confederate flag.

A judge is hearing arguments Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria on the team's lawsuit.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A judge will weigh arguments from the Washington Redskins that canceling the team's trademarks would infringe on its free-speech rights.

A hearing is scheduled Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria on the team's lawsuit. Both sides in the dispute are asking the judge to rule in their favor before the case goes to trial later this year.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is siding with the Washington Redskins in a court battle over the team's name.

The ACLU filed papers last week supporting the team's position that canceling the Redskins trademark violates the team's free-speech rights.

A federal panel ruled last year the trademark should be canceled, but the team is challenging that decision in federal court in Alexandria.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Saying the word "Redskins" on the air isn't obscene or profane - at least not according to the Federal Communications Commission.

The FCC on Thursday dismissed a petition that called for one of the team's flagship radio stations not to have its license renewed. The petition claimed repeated use of the word "Redskins" violates rules against indecent content.

But the FCC said that the law defines profanity as sexual or excretory in nature - meanings that don't relate to the name of the football team.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A group campaigning for the Washington Redskins to change their name is sending a letter to broadcasters requesting that the name not be uttered on the public airwaves.

The letter was released Wednesday and is signed by more than 100 Native American, religious and civil rights organizations. It's being sent by the Change the Mascot movement headed by the Oneida Indian Nation of New York.

The letter describes "redskin" as a "government-defined racial slur" that has been used to disparage American Indians "throughout history."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he believes it is "probably time" for the Washington Redskins football team to change its name.

O'Malley made the statement on his Facebook page Tuesday.

The Democratic governor who is mulling running for president posted: "I was asked earlier today and answered that I do believe it is probably time for the Washington Redskins to change their team name."

The team plays in Landover, Maryland, at FedEx Field.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan is criticizing a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision disallowing the Washington Redskins' nickname because it is "disparaging."

Hogan said Wednesday in Ocean City that the ruling by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board "should offend anyone concerned about constitutional limits on government power and free speech."

He says the matter should be decided by the Redskins and their fans without interference from politicians.