Washington renames its football team

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Washington's football team will now be called the Commanders.

Wednesday's announcement comes 18 months after the team dropped its old Redskins name amid criticism it was offensive to Native Americans and under pressure from sponsors.

The team has vowed to avoid any indigenous icon after carrying the simple Washington Football Team name for the past two seasons.

“As an organization, we are proud to come together under our new identity while paying tribute to our roots and the meaning of representing our nation's capital,” said owner Dan Snyder.

Washington thus joins other teams - such as the Cleveland Guardians baseball team - that are leaving behind offensive names for indigenous tribes.

The Kansas City Chiefs (football), Chicago Blackhawks (hockey) and Atlanta Braves (baseball) have said they have no plans to change their name.

Like the Commanders, Washington retains the same burgundy and gold colors they wore when they won three Super Bowl championships in the 1980s and early 1990s, their heyday.

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