Despite the thousands of people who have protested the name, the countless think pieces written opposing it, and even the efforts of President Obama, Daniel Snyder has steadfastly refused to change the name of his football team, the Washington Redsk*ns.
The FCC may now force its hand, however, having received a petition asking that regulators strip the broadcasting license away local radio station for using the name “Redsk*ns.” The FCC is contemplating it.
“We’ll be looking at that petition, we will be dealing with that issue on the merits and we’ll be responding accordingly,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told reporters, according to Reuters. “There are a lot of names and descriptions that were used over time that are inappropriate today. And I think the name that is attributed to the Washington football club is one of those.”
If the FCC deems the term indecent, then Snyder technically wouldn’t have to change the team name, but there would be a lot of radio and television stations who would risk licences and put their licenses in jeopardy for airing games featuring the team.
A number of journalist and NFL commentators have already vowed not to use the name anymore. If the FCC were to pass such a prohibition, it would only be a matter of time before Snyder would have to change the name for financial reasons.
The guy may not listen to reason, but at least he’ll listen to his pocketbook.