For much of the past few months, many Redskins fans have argued that the ongoing conversation about the team name will fade once the 2014 regular season starts. It sure didn’t go away during the preseason.
The team’s final preseason broadcast featured yet another “Redskins Facts” ad during halftime, this one featuring a succession of facts, both in text and in the voice-over. A previous ad, shown during previous preseason games, featured interviews with Native Americans about the name.
Thursday night’s team-produced broadcast also featured an extended appearance by former wide receiver Gary Clark in the broadcast booth. Clark and Joe Theismann, who were both part of the Redskins Facts initial “steering committee,” discussed the name issue at length, with Clark saying that many young Native Americans have told him that the team name “keeps them relevant, it keeps their identity relevant.”
Meanwhile, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” formally announced its “Special Report: Washington’s Nickname – An NFL Dilemma” program, set to air Tuesday at 8. The program will include an interview with Dan Snyder, a piece on the financial implications of a name change, an interview with name protester Amanda Blackhorse and “the results of three separate polls gauging how NFL players – including Washington Redskins players — and the general public feel about the team’s nickname.”