But don't look for the networks that carry the National Football League, including NBC, to follow his lead just yet. Even if NBC wanted to, its contract with the NFL would make such a move difficult.
In a statement, an NBC Sports spokesman said, "although we are sensitive to the fact that some may find this situation offensive, we are contractually obligated to use current NFL team names. If a name changes, we'll adjust accordingly and immediately."
That was echoed by the other networks that carry the NFL.
"We certainly understand the sensitivities of this situation. As broadcast partners of the NFL we use the official league names and marks to identify all 32 teams," a
An NFL spokesman said networks that carry Redskins games (including the league's own
However, there is no quota and it is up to the announcers to decide how often they say a team's nickname during a telecast. In other words, if a broadcast crew found a way to say Redskins only once during a telecast, it might not get in hot water with the league.
Some print columnists are taking matters into their own hands regarding the issue.
The Los Angeles Times has no current plans to stop using the name Redskins.