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Redskins Stripped Of Trademarks

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademarks of the Washington Redskins' team name, calling the symbol "disparaging" to Native Americans. While the ruling doesn't prohibit the team from using its name, it allows anyone to make and sell Redskins merchandise, putting pressure on team owner Dan Snyder to change the name. Kojo explores the fallout from this historic ruling and looks at what legal options are left for Washington's NFL team.

Officials Voice Concern Over Redskins' Name

A number of guests on the Friday Politics Hour have discussed the issue of a name change for Washington's football team, many of them supporting such a move.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker said on the April 25 show that if it were up to him, he would change the name of the Redskins football team.

"I've made it no secret we agree to disagree," Baker told WAMU reporter Matt Bush.

He did note the team, which plays in Baker's county, had been good corporate citizens.

He made similar comments as far back as his appearance on the show on Oct. 18, 2013.

Jack Evans
D.C. Council member Jack Evans also said he supported a name change for the team during his Jan. 24 appearance on the show.

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