Will the Washington Redskins change their name amid growing BLM protests? Sportsbooks weigh in on the matter and serve up betting odds.
The pressure on the Washington Redskins to change their name is increasing amid Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in the nation’s capital, and sportsbooks have rolled out BLM prop bets for bettors to weigh in on the discussion.
Will Washington Redskins change team name?
- No -1000
- Yes +550
BetOnline also serves up odds for the Texas Rangers to change their franchise name, along with Yale University and The Masters. (See Below).
Washington Redskins Have Been Here Before
It’s never been a great look for the team that represents the nation’s capital to boast a franchise name that is glaringly discriminatory towards Indigenous people, and, alas, by the odds currently on offer, it doesn’t appear likely that Washington Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder will heed the calls to rename the team any time soon. At -1000, the No bet, in sports betting terms, is a runaway favorite betting pick.
In 2013, Dan Snyder made headlines by his adamant refusal to consider rebranding the team. “We’ll never change the name,” he said. “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.” [Source: USA Sports Today].
Snyder’s refusal didn’t go down well, but so too the NFL’s failure then to do the right thing and simply tell Snyder the name and logo must go.
Oscar-winning filmmaker, Spike Lee, while a guest on Sirius XM’s The Joe Madison Show, weighed in on the latest push for rebranding the Washington Redskins saying Goodell should give Snyder no other option but to change the name. Lee has previously criticized Goodell and the NFL over the treatment of Colin Kaepernick and other players who engaged in peaceful protests.
Actor and comedian D.L. Hughley also added his thoughts on the debate to change the Redskins name and suggested the Black players on the team refuse to play until a name change is made.
NFL and the BLM Movement
It’s fair to say, the NFL has made a concentrated effort this time to get on side with the Black Lives Matter protests after it bungled the opportunity four years ago when Colin Kaepernick first raised the issue by taking the knee. How far it will go towards inspiring change in the league – and, even, in the country – when the season gets underway in September is up in the air.
The first overtures were made by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who took it upon himself to personally apologize for getting it wrong back then, for not giving the social injustice issues its due care and consideration.
Words are nice but actions speak louder than words, and the calls are increasing for more quantifiable action within the NFL where the Washington franchise is concerned. If Snyder doesn’t do the right thing, the NFL could by majority force the rebrand or, even, force Snyder out of the league, not unlike the manner in which the NBA got rid of Donald Sterling, the controversial former LA Clippers’ owner.
The monument of the Redskins’ founder George Preston Marshall was removed from the grounds nearly a week ago. Now, the team announced that it will also remove his name from the Ring of Fame at FedEx Field. And yet: the controversial team name persists.
Brands Taking Action
Already a few brands move to get on the right side of history and make the right decision. Quaker Oats announced that it will completely change the Aunt Jemima brand due to the discriminatory stereotype, a decision that has had a domino effect in the retail market with other brands deciding to review contentious branding.
Caroline Sherman, a spokesperson for the Mars Food company that owns Uncle Ben’s, announced, “We recognize that now is the right time to evolve the Uncle Ben’s brand, including its visual brand identity, which we will do.”
ConAgra Brands, which owns Mrs. Butterworth’s brand of syrup, is reviewing its packaging as well and has issued a statement that appreciates the packaging “may be interpreted in a way that is wholly inconsistent” with the company’s values.
Cream of Wheat, which is owned by B&G Foods Inc, announced their review of the Chef image on their current packaging, which has been in place for over 100 years.
“We understand there are concerns regarding the Chef image, and we are committed to evaluating our packaging and will proactively take steps to ensure that we and our brands do not inadvertently contribute to systemic racism,” said the company in a statement.
Other BLM Props at BetOnline Sportsbook
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