CBS Sports announcers mull decision to say ‘Redskins’ on TV

NEW YORK – CBS is mulling over whether or not its NFL announcers will say “Washington Redskins” on-air when the team returns to the football field this fall.

In June the U.S. Patent Office canceled six trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins football team, saying they are offensive to Native Americans.

Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports, said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter they will not tell announcers whether or not to say the name, but will leave it up to them and the production team.

McManus said between now and the start of football season, the network will decide what the right course to take is, in this situation.

“Last year, it was simmering; now it’s reaching a hotter level. But we probably will not end up dictating to our announcers whether they say Redskins or don’t say Redskins,” he said. “There are times when something becomes important enough that we talk to them, and between now and the start of football season we’ll decide what is the right thing to do.”

While there has been pressure on Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the team’s nickname, three Virginia lawmakers formed the “Redskins Pride Caucus” in an effort to help Washington Redskins keep the nickname some people deem offensive.

One of the caucus’ stated goals is to prevent the U.S. Congress from forcing change upon the NFL team.

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21 comments

  • httr

    So if you’re not going to call then redskins how are you even going to do a story or cover training camp?? This is absurd.

  • Daniel Beasley

    I knew it. People are afraid to say a word because they might get sued. The lawyers are going to try to have conversation copyrighted so you can’t talk without being sued by someone.

  • Robbie

    Enough already! Just change the name to the Washington Republicans. They’re already losers! Plus all the players are Democrats which makes it politically correct. Move on!

      • athynz

        You know the first one to sling insults is the one who lacks a leg to stand on – that David Troll for example hasn’t has a leg to stand on for years… all he can do is sling insults. Don’t fall into that mindset.

  • athynz

    Washington Redskins! CBS Sports – heck the media in general – need to get over this pop PC stuff generated by the librpo politicians who want to cover up the screw ups of their messiah and themselves. Until such time as the patents are officially null and void – until such time as the appeal has been made and a verdict rendered the patents are still in force – the Washington Redskins trademark is still valid and it is still the name of the team.

    • Troll

      As per usual, athynz, the Village Idiot, is confused and incorrect in his facts and analysis. If ignorance were beautiful, athynz would be Miss Universe. Athynz needs to crawl back into his hole and shut up. He never has anything of value to contribute to the world outside.

      • athynz

        David this is pathetic. You can’t even fling any decent insults anymore… this is just sad. You’re washed up, a has-been, a troll who has lost his bridge. Queue the next personality…

    • Reginald Flowers

      Another worthless idiot!!! Get over yourself, and get over trying to blame this administration. If it friggin rained, you would try to blame this administration …. Get a life

      • athynz

        Wow the libtard is fired up now. Let me throw some truth on you there Reggie old boy the fact is that Dirty Harry Reid is the one who decided to blow this thing out of proportion – and curiously enough this happened right about the time that the deal that he had set up with his son to sell public land to a Chinese company fell through. He’s the one who decided to publicly say that the team’s name should change. And here we are. So yes it IS the administration’s fault. I will say that neither Warner or Kaine hopped on the bandwagon – then again they actually do work for their constituents. What does Reid have to hide?

    • B Addy

      Exactly John . This is laughable. Limpwristers like Robbie crying their PC bullsh_t is starting to become ridiculous. None of the tribes in Va. have a problem with it. In fact they embrace it.

  • jfoster13

    This is getting ridiculous. Last year this isn’t an issue. One year later you’d have thought the Redskins were named 80 days ago instead of 80 years ago. Cmon people, can we be serious?

  • Mark OneWolf

    The Name is Washington REDSKINS. Say it RED SKINS. I am Native American N’de (Apache) I i find it highly offensive that people would choose to cater to the ignorance of a few people who have tried to taint this word against my people 200 Years ago. Are we a society that is dictated to by the ignorance of the few? I hope not. I am a fan and I say the name with PRIDE cause I understand the true meaning of the word I hope the people in the media would understand and not perpetuate ignorance.

    • athynz

      I’m not Native American so I have no real dog in this hunt however 1) There have been surveys done in which 90% of Native Americans polled had no issue with the name, 2) Several high schools with a Native American majority have named their mascot the Redskins, 3) The name has been in place for over 80 years now, 4) The name was chosen to honor the first head coach who was Native American, and 5) This whole thing was kicked off by a pathetic apologetic white liberal progressive as a political tool to divert attention away from how badly he and his cronies are mishandling their jobs.

  • Lady of Redskins (@LadyofRedskins)

    I am 100% Native American from the Tsimshian nation I live and will die supporting the Redskins name. The Native Americans that do not support the name are Natives with low self esteem and trauma issues, that is why Harjo and Blackwell and Halbritter go to them for support. They believe what they say and do not study the history of the Words “Red Skin” mind you it is two words! Redskins is a name of a team! (One word) stop taking it out of context.. Learn your true history and you will see it is about PRIDE, HONOR, LOYALTY and UNITY . We as the Redskins are a tight knit family nd they support ones that need help and see to it they do not have a low self esteem. I know because they all stood by me. Now I am able to voice my opinion because I know I am a strong Native American woman who will never be told how to feel or what is right. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS FOREVER.

  • PCindoctrinationMess

    No longer listening or viewing Media Pravda’s Production Numbers as their Covert Party’s Paid Political Announcements, Political Propaganda, Campaign Bombardments, Ramrodding, Bull-
    dozing that has now infiltrated to dictate News/Sports/Weather/TV Entertainment/Movies/Music.

  • athynz

    As usual David has nothing better to do than to fling insults like a monkey flings it’s poo – and with as much intelligence. Oh brave keyboard warrior that he is.

  • Carole

    Here is a letter my Native American friend from Oklahoma Billy Williams wrote and should be shared all over the internet and pay attention CBS Chanel 6 New Richmond Virginia!!!…………………MY EMAIL TO ERIC HOLDER : Mr. Holder, I am Native American in the state of Oklahoma & have always been very proud of the name Redskins. Our state means “Land of the Red People” We have five schools named Redskins, Redskins road & a historical landmark known as Redskin theatre.

    “Red Skin” or “Redskin” is a Native name that we gave ourselves and still fills many of us with pride. It does not have it’s origin in bloody scalps, skin color or name calling. I am very concerned that many non-Natives, activist groups & politicians have not done their homework on the word or the feelings of many people. I am very offended that people are twisting a pure word into something that it is not.

    This is backed up by the works of Ives Goddard, curator and senior linguist in the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. I have found no other person that has spent more time & research in the mainstream. It is important that ALL Native Americans perspective is heard & remember, many of us are VERY offended by attempts to erase our history, culture & freedom to use OUR word with pride & without fear of being judged or suppressed by others.
    We feel that both offended groups deserve EQUAL attention and respect. This should be a basic human right that should never be infringed upon or threatened. We agree to disagree in peace and in good fellowship with anyone opposed, but have the same liberty as Native Americans & Americans as well. Thank you very much, Sir and I appreciate you taking your time to read this. God Bless.

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