Sports, or what’s left of them, will likely continue as 2020 rolls on…but just barely.
A great many of America’s sports franchises are beginning to feel the weight of the COVID-19 crisis and the prolonged economic shutdown that came with it. And, now that coronavirus cases are beginning to rise again, there is the very real chance that sports like baseball, (where not a single game has yet to be played), will find themselves canceled before they even get an inning into the 2020 season.
For the NFL, there is a hope that games will be played, but likely with zero fans in attendance.
And, even if there is some miracle cure for COVID-19 in the coming days, the Washington Redskins will never play another NFL game so long as we live.
The Washington Redskins will retire the team’s nickname on Monday, according to a report by Ben Fischer of the Sports Business Journal.
Washington won’t announce its new name because trademark issues are still pending, but the “thorough review” of the name is officially over because the team wanted to “remove any doubts as to the future of the name,” Fischer reported, citing sources.
Big-name retailers such as Amazon, Walmart and Target, as well as Nike and Dick’s Sporting Goods, all removed Redskins merchandise from their websites last week. And last Thursday, FedEx — which holds the naming rights to the team’s Maryland stadium — formally requested a name change. FedEx CEO Fred Smith has an ownership stake in the team.
Despite there being no official word as to what the new name of the team will be, rumors have been flying for some time that both “Warriors” and “Red Tails” are possible monikers moving forward.