The Federal Communications Commission has received a petition asking it to punish broadcasters that use the word "Redskins," which just happens to be the name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C.
The petition came from legal activist John Banzhaf III, who asked that local radio station WWXX-FM be stripped of its broadcasting license when it comes up for renewal because of its use of the name "Redskins."
According to Banzhaf, use of the word is "akin to broadcasting obscenity." Reuters also says he described it as racist, derogatory, profane and hateful.
TV analysts Phil Simms and Tony Dungy have said they will try to refrain from using the word Redskins, while the Washington Post editorial board has made the same promise (although the word appears elsewhere in the paper, including the sports section).