Opinion: Never say never -- Redskins owner vowed no change

Washington Post sports blogger Dan Steinberg doesn't think the Washington Redskins professional football team will ever change its name:
Anyhow, Mike Wise and I appeared to have made a friendly lunch wager on whether the Redskins will change their name by the start of the 2018 season. He says yes. I say hahahahahahaha nooooooooo way.

I made that bet without having ever seen this transcript of a 2003 Dan Snyder interview with CNN’s Bob Novak. It was referenced in a Sports on Earth column this week by Patrick Hruby. Somehow, it is entirely new to me.

NOVAK: Mr. Snyder, a lot of the college teams that have had Indian designations — Stanford, Miami of Ohio — they have changed their names. Can you tell me, as an old Redskin fan, that you will never bow to pressure from American Indians and left-wing groups and change the name of the Washington Redskins?

SNYDER: I’ll never change the name of the Redskins. You have my word on that.

Get the Story:
Dan Steinberg: Remember when Dan Snyder promised never to change his team’s name? (The Washington Post 3/13)

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